Song of the Day #1,877: ‘It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue [Take 1]’ – Bob Dylan

no_direction_homeBob Dylan must have felt his ears burning.

Last weekend he learned that Fountains of Wayne was besting him (on a percentage basis) in the Random Weekend horse race. The week before that he was pitted against Bruce Springsteen in a death match over who’s had the more extraordinary career.

Guess he decided to chime in.

This song is from the No Direction Home soundtrack, volume seven of Dylan’s Bootleg Series. It’s the first take of the classic ‘It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue’ from the Bringing It All Back Home sessions.

Not sure why they needed a take two.

You must leave now, take what you need you think will last
But whatever you wish to keep, you better grab it fast
Yonder stands your orphan with his gun
Crying like a fire in the sun
Look out the saints are comin’ through
And it’s all over now, Baby Blue

The highway is for gamblers, better use your sense
Take what you have gathered from coincidence
Your empty handed painter from the streets
Is drawing crazy patterns on your sheets
This light it is folding under you
And it’s all over now, Baby Blue

All your seasick sailors, they are all rowing home
All your reindeer armies, they are all going home
Your broken hearted lover out the door
Has taken all his blankets from the floor
The carpet, too, is moving under you
And it’s all over now, Baby Blue

Leave your stepping stones behind, something calls for you
Forget the dead you’ve left, they will not follow you
The vagabond who’s rapping at your door
Is standing in the clothes that you once wore
Strike another match, go start anew
And it’s all over now, Baby Blue

3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,877: ‘It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue [Take 1]’ – Bob Dylan

  1. Dana says:

    I could have sworn that Jakob had covered this at some point, but maybe I dreamed that?

    Anyway, given your recent response to Amy’s question in which you revealed yourself to be, like me, a hesitant feminist, I will honor my word as placing Dylan over Bruce for most extraordinary career.๐Ÿ˜„

    By the way, I plan on recording my next single, “Hesitant Feminist,” with Cheryl Crow next month. As an advance preview, one of the song’s lyrics is, “If you forgive my bra burning, I’ll forgive your unequal pay yearning.”

    Pretty good stuff, huh?๐Ÿ˜„

  2. Shawn says:

    One of the finest pieces of music in rock history. Dylan said he was not a melody writer but I’ve always wondered where he got this tune from and Just Like A Woman as well. Such a great song for his style so, of course, take 1 was going to sound good coming from Dylan even on his worst day since the song and him match up perfectly.

  3. Andrea Katz says:

    Dana, so funny!

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