Monday’s Back Pages: Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and More

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Because you were so much older then, Monday morning brings the second half of a Dylan one-two punch.

In this great live version, Dylan’s joined by George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Tom Petty, G.E. Smith, and Roger McGuinn.

3 thoughts on “Monday’s Back Pages: Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and More

  1. Magnificent!! Remember being in love with it before. When was that?? I can’t quite recall? Nicholas used to keep me informed about such big cultural events.

    mar

  2. The lyrics:

    Crimson flames tied through my ears, rollin’ high and mighty traps
    Pounced with fire on flaming roads using ideas as my maps
    “We’ll meet on edges, soon,” said I, proud ‘neath heated brow
    Ah, but I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now

    Half-wracked prejudice leaped forth, “rip down all hate,” I screamed
    Lies that life is black and white spoke from my skull, I dreamed
    Romantic facts of musketeers foundationed deep, somehow
    Ah, but I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now

    Girls’ faces formed the forward path from phony jealousy
    To memorizing politics of ancient history
    Flung down by corpse evangelists, unthought of, though somehow
    Ah, but I was so much older then. I’m younger than that now

    A self-ordained professor’s tongue too serious to fool
    Spouted out that liberty is just equality in school
    “Equality,” I spoke the word as if a wedding vow
    Ah, but I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now

    In a soldier’s stance, I aimed my hand at the mongrel dogs who teach
    Fearing not that I’d become my enemy in the instant that I preach
    My existence led by confusion boats, mutiny from stern to bow
    Ah, but I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now

    Yes, my guard stood hard when abstract threats too noble to neglect
    Deceived me into thinking I had something to protect
    Good and bad, I define these terms quite clear, no doubt, somehow
    Ah, but I was so much older then I’m younger than that now

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