Tangled Up In Blue (October 14, 2016)

The line here had been for a while a variation on, “He used a little too much deep/brute force.” This is itself a minor reworking of the original. But on this third concert date following a two month break, Dylan switched things up further for the first time, making his character’s actions less a possible accident of emotion (“used a little too much force”) and more calculating (“he let the law take its course”).

Reportedly, this line’s first outing was the previous day, October 13, in Las Vegas. However, absent a circulating recording we are unable to verify for ourselves.

She was married when they first met
She was soon to be divorced
But he helped her out of a jam, I guess
Then he let the law take its course

She was married when we first met
Soon to be divorced
I helped her out of a jam, I guess
But I used a little too much force