You’re A Big Girl Now (April 27, 2002)

Time is a jet plane, and it moves so fast
Oh, but what a shame all we’ve shared can’t last
I can change, I swear
See what you can do
I don’t need to be blue
For me or for you

Time is a jet plane, it moves too fast
Oh, but what a shame if all we’ve shared can’t last
I can change, I swear,
See what you can do
I can make it through
You can make it too

You’re A Big Girl Now (2002)

Love is so simple, to quote a phrase
I’ve known it all the time, I’m learnin’ it these days
But I know where I can find you
Yes, but I ain’t ever gonna look
I’m gonna put my order in with the cook
And hang my coat up on a hook

Love is so simple, to quote a phrase
You’ve known it all the time, I’m learnin’ it these days
I know where I can find you
In somebody’s care
But I ain’t gonna look there
You’re a big girl, (hold/go and) share

Love is so simple, to quote a phrase
You’ve known it all the time, I’m learnin’ it these days
Oh, I know where I can find you, oh, oh
In somebody’s room
It’s a price I have to pay
You’re a big girl all the way

I Threw It All Away (November 2000)

Even before you hear these new lyrics it’s the music that hits you. The band is playing a minor reworking of Every Grain of Sand while Dylan is singing I Threw It All Away. There were only two performances of this song in 2000, on consecutive nights, and here they are. Towards the end of the second outing, Dylan pleads, “Please don’t throw it all away!” These could well be the most radical lyric changes to the song since 1978’s “Must have been deceived” line.

Once I was waiting, fortunately in love
And rivers, rivers that ran, rivers that ran through ev’ry day
But I must have been insane
Had no reason to complain
‘Cause I, ’cause I threw it all away
I don’t know why!
But I, but I threw it all away

Once I had mountains in the palm of my hand
And rivers that ran through ev’ry day
But I must have been crazy
Or else I must have got lazy
Ah Lord,
I threw it all away
I must have had some reason!
Yes, I threw it all away

Once I had mountains in the palm of my hand
And rivers that ran through ev’ry day
I must have been mad
I never knew what I had

Until I threw it all away

Gotta Serve Somebody (November 8, 1990)

For a long time after this song was released on 1979’s Slow Train Coming album, live versions used lyrics which were very faithful to that recording. However, it later became a vehicle for improvised-on-the-spot lyric changes that that bore absolutely no relation to the original. In these versions, the performance would begin with a couple of standard verses and then the fun would start. This is one of many examples.

Maybe you’re highbrow or maybe you’re low
May be on earth, got nowhere to go
May be walking on the sidewalk
May be walking down on the street
But maybe you’re hot in the staggering heat

You’ve gotta serve somebody
Yeah, you’ve gotta serve somebody
It might be the devil, it might be the Lord
But you gotta serve somebody

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Man Gave Names To All The Animals (June 13 & August 23, 1989)

These are two of only three outings of this song in 1989, each with a different take on a newly featured giraffe verse. The final performance of the year was performed just a few days after these but the giraffe simply didn’t make the cut. The original version from the Slow Train Coming album named several animals, including a bear, a cow, a bull, a pig, and a sheep, but no giraffe.

Well, he saw an animal up walkin’ all alone
Great big neck and approachin’ out the day
It looked like his neck was goin’ for a mile and a half
“Ah, I think I’ll call it a giraffe”

He saw an animal out to stay
Walking fifty miles away on a different day
That baby tried, and he tried to laugh
“Ah, I think I’ll call it a giraffe”

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Masters of War (1984)

The 1984 tour brought us 27 performances of Masters of War, and with each performance we get a little something new as Dylan asks, “How much do I know?” The original verse from the Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan album goes something like this

How much do I know
To talk out of turn
You might say that I’m young
You might say I’m unlearned
But there’s one thing I know
Though I’m younger than you
Even Jesus would never
Forgive what you do

On the 1984 tour, Dylan revisits this question almost every night, searching for inspiration. While he does not always find it, the journey itself is, we believe, an interesting one. It is not always clear exactly what is being sung (it is likely Dylan may agree with this in some cases) and so we present here our best transcript attempts.

How much do I know
To talk out of turn
A world war can be won
But nobody’s learned
How much do I know
For as much as you do
Well, I’ll tell myself
All the things that you do

How much do I know
To talk out of turn
Well, they’ll knock on your door
When do you ever learn
Well, they’ll reap that or something
Darling what should I do
Don’t even care ‘bout yourself
Or the things that you do

I’ve got a reason to know
Oh but the rest I can take
I’m a sure sign of the place
That’s what you want me to say
But there’s one thing I know
Though the first time I’m you
Forget what you know
Instead (do not) forget what you do

How much do I know
To talk out of turn
A world war can be won
Don’t worry, you can learn
But there’s one thing I know
Well, I did find it true
I’d rather sing by myself, whatever
Or give up what you do

How much do I know
Not to talk out of turn
Well, back when I know
Let out a burn, burn, burn
Well there’s one thing I know
Though, I push this on you
I’d just say myself whatever
About the things that you do

How much do I know
To talk out of turn
Well find more than you
Nor the lesson I learned
Well there’s one thing I know
Though I may look more than you
(For the radio) itself
Will not forget what you do

For the 6 June 1984 show, Dylan skips this verse entirely. For the remainder of the 1984 performances… you’ll just have to wait!

How much do I know
To talk out of turn
You might say that I’m young
You might say I’m unlearned
But there’s one thing I know
Though I’m younger than you
Even Jesus would never
Forgive what you do

One More Cup of Coffee (April 1976)

Your sister sees the future
She was born to read my mind
She overstates her beauty
But then her words are not that kind

Your sister sees the future
She was born to read my mind
She’s always in the room
But she’s so hard to find

Your sister sees the future
Like your mama and yourself
You’ve never learned to read or write
There’s no books upon your shelf