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Blind Willie McTell 1

Bob Dylan © 1983 Special Rider Music

(Official lyrics @ www.bobdylan.com)


11 Apr 1983
BLIND WILLIE MCTELL 7" single, take 1

11 Apr 1983
SPRINGTIME IN NEW YORK: THE BOOTLEG SERIES VOL. 16 / 1980-1985, take 5
BLIND WILLIE MCTELL 7" single, take 5
DOWN IN THE FLOOD (T-146)
ROUGH CUTS (T-346)

5 May 1983
the bootleg series volumes 1-3 [rare and unreleased] 1961-1991
THE ESSENTIAL BOB DYLAN
DYLAN 2007
THE BEST OF THE BOOTLEG SERIES [UNCUT]
BLIND WILLIE MCTELL CD single #1
BLIND WILLIE MCTELL CD single #2

Infidels session 1, Power Station NYC - 11.apr.1983, take 1 
Infidels session 1, Power Station NYC - 11.apr.1983, take 5 "full band"
    bootleg versions have unedited "cough" which has been edited in BS-16 version  
Infidels session 18, Power Station NYC - 5.may.1983, Bootleg Series Vol.1-3 version 

 Three slightly different lyrics

Seen the arrow on the doorpost, sayin', "This land is condemned"
All the way from New Orleans to Jerusalem
[Well] I travelled thru East Texas where many martyrs fell
An' i know no one can sing the blues like Blind Willie McTell.

[Well/Mmm] i heard that hoot-owl singin' as they were takin' down the tents
The stars above the barren trees was his only audience
Them charcoal gypsy maidens can strut their feathers well
But nobody can sing the blues like Blind Willie McTell.

See them big plantations burnin', hear the crackin' of the whips
Smell that sweet magnolia bloomin', see the ghosts of slavery ships
I can hear them tribes a-moanin', hear that undertaker's bell
[ Nobody can sing the blues like Blind Willie McTell.
  / An' i know no one can sing the blues like Blind Willie McTell. ]

There's a woman by the river with some fine young handsome man
He's dressed up like a squire, bootleg whiskey in his hand
There's a chain gang on the highway, i can hear them rebels yell
An' i know no one can sing the blues like Blind Willie McTell.

[Well] God is in his heaven an' we all want what's his
But power an' greed an' corruptible seed seem to be all that there is
I'm gazin' out the window of [the/that] old St. James hotel
[But/And] i know no one can sing the blues like Blind Willie McTell.   
    

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Blind Willie McTell 2


17 Aug 1997
LOVE SICK CD 2 (CD EP single)

24 Aug 1997
GENUINE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 3 The Third One Now (T-636)

Live, Jones Beach Amphitheater, Wantaugh NY - 17.aug.1997  
Live, Wolf Trap Farm, Vienna VA - 24.aug.1997  

I seen the arrow on the doorpost, sayin', "This land, this land is condemned''
All the way from New Orleans to New Jerusalem
Well, i travelled through East Texas where many martyrs fell
An' i know one thing, nobody can sing the blues like Blind Willie McTell.

I heard that hoot-owl moanin' as they were takin' down the tents
The stars above the barren trees was his only audience
Them charcoal gypsy maidens can strut their feathers well
And i know one thing, nobody can sing the blues like Blind Willie McTell.

There's a woman by the river with some fine young handsome man
He's dressed up like a squire, bootleg whiskey in his hand
I can hear them, hear them tribes a-moanin', i can hear them rebels yell
An' i know one thing, nobody can sing the blues like Blind Willie McTell.

God is in his heaven an' we all want what's his
But power an' greed an' corruptible seed seem to be all that there is
I'm gazin' out the window of the St. James hotel
And i know one thing, nobody can sing the blues like Blind Willie McTell.   
    

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Blind Willie McTell 3


11 June 1998
LES BONS MOMENTS (T-672)
HEADING FOR ANOTHER JOINT

Live, Forum, Copenhagen DK - 11.jun.1998  

Seen the arrow on my doorpost, sayin', "This land, this land is condemned''
All the way from New Orleans to New Jerusalem
Well, i travelled through East Texas where many martyrs fell
An' i know one thing, nobody can sing the blues like Blind Willie McTell.

Well, I heard that hoot-owl singin' as they were takin' down the tents
The stars above the barren trees was his only audience
Well them charcoal gypsy maidens can strut their feathers well
And i know one thing, nobody can sing the blues like Blind Willie McTell.

Now, there's a woman by the river with some fine young handsome man
He's dressed up, dressed up like a squire, bootleg whiskey in his hand
I can hear them tribes a-moanin', i can hear them undertaker's bell
An' i know one thing, nobody can sing the blues like Blind Willie McTell.

Up here, God is in his heaven an' we all want what's his
But power an' greed an' corruptible seed seem to be all that there is
Well i'm gazin' out the window of the St. James hotel
And i can tell you one thing, nobody can sing the blues like Blind Willie McTell.   
    

Recording dates & record list

11 Apr 1983 1BLIND WILLIE MCTELL 2021 - 7" single #1
11 Apr 1983 1SPRINGTIME IN NEW YORK: THE BOOTLEG SERIES VOL. 16 / 1980-1985
BLIND WILLIE MCTELL 2021 - 7" single #2
DOWN IN THE FLOOD (b)
ROUGH CUTS (b)
5 May 1983 1the bootleg series volumes 1-3 [rare and unreleased] 1961-1991
THE ESSENTIAL BOB DYLAN
DYLAN 2007
THE BEST OF THE BOOTLEG SERIES [UNCUT]
BLIND WILLIE MCTELL cd single)
BLIND WILLIE MCTELL (cd single) #2
17 Aug 1997 2 LOVE SICK CD 2 (single)
24 Aug 1997 2 GENUINE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 3 The Third One Now (b)
11 Jun 1998 3 LES BONS MOMENTS (b)
HEADING FOR ANOTHER JOINT (b)
19 Nov 2000 PATHWAY TO THE STARS (b)