Song of the Day #2,918: ‘Sitting On Top of the World’ – Bob Dylan

goodasibeentoyouThe Random iTunes Fairy has served up Bob Dylan songs two weeks in a row, this one from Dylan’s 1992 album of folk covers, Good As I Been To You. The timing is good, as I’ll soon be blogging about Dylan’s latest covers album, this year’s Fallen Angels.

Though it didn’t seem like it at the time, Good As I Been To You was the beginning of a late-career comeback for Dylan. He followed it in ’93 with World Gone Wrong, a similar collection of traditional covers, and both records received acclaim. His next studio album, released four years later, was the classic Time Out of Mind.

I’m a big fan of all of Dylan’s cover albums, but I have a particularly soft spot for this one. As I’ve written before, 1992 was one of the key formative years of my life and the music of that year is forever linked to that time.

Funny that an album of croaking Bob Dylan covers that my wife wouldn’t listen to with a gun to her head is one of the records I closely associate with the year she and I fell in love.

1. Was in the summer,
One early fall,
Just tryin’ to find my
Little all and all
Now she’s gone,
An’ I don’t worry.
Lord, I’m sittin’ on top of the world.

2. Was in the spring,
One summer’s day.
Just when she left me,
She gone to stay.
Now she’s gone.
An’ I don’t worry.
Lord, I’m sittin’ on top of the world.

3. Now don’t come runnin’
Holdin’ up your hand.
Can get me a woman
Quick as you can get a man.
Now she’s gone.
An’ I don’t worry.
Lord, I’m sittin’ on top of the world.

4. Happen for days,
Didn’t know your name.
Oh, why should I worry
Or crave you in vain?
Now she’s gone.
An’ I don’t worry.
Lord, I’m sittin’ on top of the world.

5. Went to the station,
Down in the yard,
Gonna get me a freight train,
Work’s done got hard.
Now she’s gone.
An’ I don’t worry.
Lord, I’m sittin’ on top of the world.

6. The lonesome days,
They have gone by,
Why should I beg you?
You said good-bye.
Now she’s gone.
An’ I don’t worry.
Lord, I’m sittin’ on top of the world.

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One thought on “Song of the Day #2,918: ‘Sitting On Top of the World’ – Bob Dylan

  1. Dana says:

    Yes, that is funny…and I will never understand the appeal of Dylan covering others’ music.

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