Friday, July 2, 2010
if you see her, say hello (bob dylan cover)
I was excited to finally getting around to working on this Bob Dylan cover. I was walking around with it in my head for a long time. Sometimes songs kinda torment you, until you get them done. They knock around your head, threaten to go bad and destroy everything. My advice would be this - if you've got an idea, try not to let it die. Following through on it will probably be it's own reward.
Oh, and i took the lyrics from the version of this song on the Bootleg Series. It was the first version Dylan recorded at the NY sessions for Blood on the Tracks. I actually greatly prefer all the recordings from those sessions, compared to the ones Dylan went on to record in Minnesota for the official release. My favorite line is when he says, "Kiss her for the kid," which didn't make the album version.
Also, when i was walking around with this song in my head all those months, it sounded like a cross between Sparklehorse's "Ghost of His Smile" and Them's "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue." The way it actually came out, i think owes a bit more to Dylan's "Series of Dreams." Sort of a Daniel Lanois feel. Life takes interesting turns.