Song of the Day #2,087: ‘On a Night Like This’ – Bob Dylan

planet_wavesToday’s Random Weekend selection is the opening track of Bob Dylan’s Planet Waves.

Planet Waves came out after Self Portrait, New Morning and Dylan, three of the man’s least understood and appreciated albums. And it was followed up by Blood on the Tracks, The Basement Tapes and Desire, three of his best.

So it’s both a forgotten middle child and a creative bridge between those two periods.

It’s also a damn good album in its own right, featuring the classic ‘Forever Young’ and a handful of underrated gems such as ‘Hazel,’ ‘Dirge,’ ‘Wedding Song’ and ‘Going, Going, Gone.’

Today’s opening track is a breezy little song that sets the tone emotionally, if not musically, for the rest of the album.

On a night like this
So glad you came around
Hold on to me so tight
And heat up some coffee grounds
We got much to talk about
And much to reminisce
It sure is right
On a night like this

On a night like this
So glad you’ve come to stay
Hold on to me, pretty miss
Say you’ll never go away to stray
Run your fingers down my spine
Bring me a touch of bliss
It sure feels right
On a night like this

On a night like this
I can’t get any sleep
The air is so cold outside
And the snow’s so deep
Build a fire, throw on logs
And listen to it hiss
And let it burn, burn, burn, burn
On a night like this

Put your body next to mine
And keep me company
There is plenty a-room for all
So please don’t elbow me

Let the four winds blow
Around this old cabin door
If I’m not too far off
I think we did this once before
There’s more frost on the window glass
With each new tender kiss
But it sure feels right
On a night like this

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,087: ‘On a Night Like This’ – Bob Dylan

  1. Dana says:

    I am not familiar with this album at all. Not so crazy about this song, though. If this is indicative of the rest of the album, I suspect I’m not missing out on too much. I’ll happily fast forward to Blood on the Tracks and Desire.

  2. Clay says:

    This song isn’t really indicative of the rest of the album, which is more bluesy. But no, it certainly isn’t Blood on the Tracks or Desire.

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