Song of the Day #1,533: ‘Seven Days’ – Bob Dylan

I had just listened to several songs from Tempest, Bob Dylan’s newest album (review to come), when I clicked the ‘shuffle’ button to choose my next Random Weekend selection.

And there was Bob again, 36 years earlier, performing a song that didn’t make it onto any of his 35 studio albums.

According to the Bootleg Series liner notes, Dylan performed ‘Seven Days’ only five times, during his celebrated Rolling Thunder tour. One of those is captured here in stirring fashion.

Apparently he played this song for Eric Clapton and Ron Wood and offered it to either of them. Clapton passed but Wood accepted, and wound up recording it for his solo album Gimme Some Neck. Here’s his version.

Seven days, seven more days she’ll be comin’
I’ll be waiting at the station for her to arrive
Seven more days, all I gotta do is survive

She been gone ever since I been a child
Ever since I seen her smile, I ain’t forgotten her eyes
She had a face that could outshine the sun in the skies

I been good, I been good while I been waitin’
Maybe guilty of hesitatin’, I just been holdin’ on
Seven more days, all that’ll be gone

There’s kissing in the valley
Thieving in the alley
Fighting every inch of the way
Trying to be tender
With somebody I remember
In a night that’s always brighter’n the day

Seven days, seven more days that are connected
Just like I expected, she’ll be comin’ on forth
My beautiful comrade from the north

There’s kissing in the valley
Thieving in the alley
Fighting every inch of the way
Trying to be tender
With somebody I remember
In a night that’s always brighter’n the day

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One thought on “Song of the Day #1,533: ‘Seven Days’ – Bob Dylan

  1. Dana says:

    Not really crazy about this song in either version. I can see why Dylan offered it up:) I could see it being better if it were slowed down a bit and done acoustically by someone like Petty.

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