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Song of the Day #3,404: ‘One More Night’ – Bob Dylan

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Bob Dylan’s closed out the 60s with Nashville Skyline (1969), a short, sweet, straight-up country album featuring a drastically different singing voice.

In the midst of the civil rights movement and the Vietnam war, just after the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Bobby Kennedy, this was viewed as a puzzling move by an artist who just five years earlier was soundtracking the protest era with The Times They Are a’Changin’.

But as the next 50 years would make crystal clear, Bob Dylan has never been big on delivering what’s expected.

Nashville Skyline is a delightful album, even if Dylan’s country voice takes some getting used to. The tracks ‘Lay Lady Lay,’ ‘Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You’ and ‘I Threw It All Away’ stand up alongside other great Dylan songs and the whole affair has a winning, laid back vibe.

One more night, the stars are in sight
But tonight I’m as lonesome as can be
Oh, the moon is shinin’ bright
Lighting ev’rything in sight
But tonight no light will shine on me

Oh, it’s shameful and it’s sad I lost the only pal I had
I just could not be what she wanted me to be
I will turn my head up high
To that dark and rolling sky
For tonight no light will shine on me

I was so mistaken when I thought that she’d be true
I had no idea what a woman in love would do!

One more night, I will wait for the light
While the wind blows high above the tree
Oh, I miss my darling so
I didn’t mean to see her go
But tonight no light will shine on me

One more night, the moon is shinin’ bright
And the wind blows high above the tree
Oh, I miss that woman so
I didn’t mean to see her go
But tonight no light will shine on me

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