It didn’t take me long to decide which artist would pick up the weekend mantle now that I’ve retired the Beatles Weekends. I wanted a) a legend, b) somebody who has recorded enough songs to provide ample fodder for the blog, and c) somebody whose songs would lend themselves to both musical and historic analysis.
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Dylan Weekends.
Through 554 songs on this blog, I’ve featured Bob Dylan nine times. Seven of those were tracks from his Bootleg albums and one was from his recent Christmas album. Which means I’ve made it a year and a half featuring just one proper studio release by Dylan. That doesn’t seem right. But rest assured, I’ll make up for it in the coming weeks.
As I did with The Beatles, I’m starting this series off with the very first song on the very first album by Mr. Dylan.
That would be ‘You’re No Good,’ a song written by blues man Jesse Fuller, who was 66 when a 21-year-old Dylan released his self-titled debut in 1962. For all of the lyrical ingenuity, musical experimentation and shattering of conventions Dylan would ultimately be responsible for, this angry little folk-blues number captures so much of what he’s always been about.
Nobody in the world can get along with you
You got the ways of a devil sleeping in a lion’s den
I come home last night you wouldn’t even let me in
Well sometimes you’re as sweet as anybody want to be
When you get a crazy notion of jumpin’ all over me
Well you give me the blues I guess you’re satisfied
An’ you give me the blues I wanna lay down and die
I helped you when you had no shoes on your feet, pretty mama
I helped you when you had no food to eat
You’re the kind of woman I just don’t understand
You’re takin’ all my money and give it to another man
Well you’re the kinda woman makes a man lose his brain
You’re the kinda woman drives a man insane
You give me the blues, I guess you’re satisfied
You give me the blues, I wanna lay down and die
Well you give me the blues, I wanna lay down and die