I'm not happy with the lack of Dylan videos on YouTube. I mean, one can find the most obscure song by the most niche artist in 10 different versions and one can't find the original versions of Bob's masterpieces? Something is happening here and I don't know what it is, do I, Mr. Jones?
I've decided not to embed any third rate live version that is available on YouTube. I'd rather give you the link to a good version. Such is the case with You’re a Big Girl Now, the song in #122. It is one of five songs on Blood On The Tracks (1975) that Dylan initially recorded in New York City in September 1974 and then re-recorded in Minneapolis in December that year, the later recording becoming the album track. One of the September 1974 outtakes was included on the 1985 compilation Biograph. Here is the link to it:
One of the more desperately lovesick moment in Dylan's entire catalog, he talks of "pain that stops and starts, like a corkscrew to my heart." "I read that this was supposed to be about my wife," Dylan wrote in the Biograph liner notes, hoping to clarify the matter. "I don't write confessional songs… It only seems so, like it seems that Laurence Olivier is Hamlet."
The song was covered by many an artist. Here are My Morning Jacket with their 2012 version:
At #121, we find I Am a Lonesome Hobo, released in 1967 on his eighth studio album, John Wesley Harding.
The lyrics to I Am A Lonesome Hobo tell of the typical riches to rags tradition, where a man openly admits to being a hobo having "tried my hand at bribery, blackmail and deceit", yet has "served time for ev'rything 'cept beggin' on the street". Dylan's style of writing often leans towards writing ballads that present his listeners with a chance to get inside the minds of social outcasts, a perspective that everyday people may overlook or misunderstand. This "hobo" has seen it all, once being an affluent yet selfish man unable to trust anybody, including his own brother. The hobo's isolation began not with his loss of wealth but with the effect that wealth had upon him in the first place. As the song reaches its final verse, the hobo offers advice to the common people as he plans to continue his misinterpreted wandering, asking them to, "stay free from petty jealousies, live by no man's code, and hold your judgment for yourself lest you wind up on this road". Within his solitariness, the hobo has found a certain philosophical stability, leaving him standing in the garb of a prophet rather than a beggar. This hobo's warning before his departure holds true to the writing style Dylan approaches with the ending of many of his songs, offering a lyrically and vocally driven picture of a life that is not typically lived or even considered.
The haunting harmonica, assertive drum beat and acoustic guitar incorporates well with the clearly pronounced and elongated wordplay. The song features some of Dylan's most controlled singing, most likely being a rhetorical decision on Dylan's part because hobos are typically known for being wanderers lacking any insight or socially acceptable manners. Dylan, however, seems to put this character on a level socially where one would not typically place a vagabond, providing the idea that a hobo can be a wise man rather than some socially awkward bum.
Now, let's move on to this week's statistics. We've had a return to English-speaking artists after a while. Also, the Rolling Stones countdown was replaced by that of Bob Dylan's songs. Has this affected the week's visits?
Well, it was a good healthy week as far as the total number of visits was concerned. Some countries benefited more than others: for the US, Greece and Germany it was a good week. The UK and France had a very good week, as well as the Netherlands and Cyprus. Mexico, Singapore and Australia also did great and they are new additions to our visitors' weekly Top 10. A most hearty welcome!
The full Top 10 is as follows (there is a 2-way tie at #8):
1. the United States
3. the United Kingdom
6. the Netherlands
Here are the other countries that graced us with their presence this week (alphabetically): Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada China, Croatia, Denmark, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Malaysia, Oman, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, and Venezuela. Happy to have you all!
In the the all-time list, there have been no changes. However, Germany is shortening its distance from Russia, the UK is inching closer to France and Cyprus has already caught up with Ireland. If the trend continues, it'll overtake it in a week or two. Here is the list:
1. the United States = 46.9%
2. Greece = 18.7%
3. Russia = 9.2%
4. Germany = 3.6%
5. France = 2.6%
6. the United Kingdom = 2.4%
7. Canada = 1.04%
8. Ireland = 0.98%
9. Cyprus = 0.91%
10. Italy = 0.60%
That's all for today, folks. Till the next one!