Song of the Day #3,502: ‘They’ve Trapped Us Boys’ – Jakob Dylan

It’s been six years since we last heard from Jakob Dylan, apart from a few one-off contributions to other people’s work. He released an album with The Wallflowers in 2012 (the band’s first in seven years) but nothing since.

I wasn’t thrilled with that Wallflowers release (Glad All Over) but I love pretty much everything they did in the 90s and 2000s. I also love Dylan’s two solo albums, 2008’s Seeing Things and 2010’s Women + Country, on which today’s SOTD appears.

Dylan’s solo records are acoustic folk collections, filled with songs about love, loss and often war. The Dylan on these records sounds like a man from another time, in the best possible way.

[Verse 1]
Gentlemen, where have we been?
Can’t find the hole where we got in
We ain’t had no letters since spring
Gentlemen, where have we been?
Ain’t going nowhere now
Now let this bottle make its rounds
And let this liquor settle down
We ain’t going nowhere now

[Chorus]
Darker than ever in the mine
Now shine a light, shine a light
Now holler back, now make some noise
I do believe they’ve trapped us, boys

[Verse 2]
Now fill the dirt back on the grave
Ain’t nothing good here being raised
I look at the filthy mess we’ve made
Fill the dirt back on the grave
We cut the fruit, we took the tree
We chiseled all the branches free
We took more than we’d ever need
Yeah, we cut the fruit and we took the tree

[Chorus]
It’s darker than ever in the mine
Now shine a light, shine a light
Now holler back, now make some noise
I do believe they’ve trapped us, boys

[Verse 3]
Can’t have no one not toe the line
‘Round here it’s always ’round midnight
We can’t have no brothers left behind
We can’t have no one not toe the line
That ain’t the cavalry we heard
It’s the rain that’s crashing on the earth
Now tell our women and our children we ain’t hurt
But no that ain’t the cavalry we heard

[Chorus]
It’s darker than ever in the mine
Shine a light, shine a light
Now holler back, now make some noise
I do believe they’ve trapped us, boys

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,502: ‘They’ve Trapped Us Boys’ – Jakob Dylan

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    It ain’t easy being in the same profession as you father, especially when your father is Bob Dylan, but Jakob is a decent songwriter and performer in his own right.

  2. Andrea katz says:

    Like Dana and Daniel Gallup (LOL)!

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