We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"Stake my future on a hell of a past Looks like tomorrow is coming on fast Ain't complaining 'bout what I got Seen better times, but who has not?
Silvio, silver and gold Won't buy back the beat of a heart grown cold Silvio, I gotta go Find out something only dead men know
Honest as the next jade rolling that stone When I come knocking don't throw me no bone I'm an old boll weevil looking for a home If you don't like it you can leave me alone
I can snap my fingers and require the rain From a clear blue sky and turn it off again I can stroke your body and relieve your pain And charm the whistle off an evening train
I give what I got until I got no more I take what I get until I even the score You know I love you and furthermore When it's time to go you got an open door
I can tell you fancy, I can tell you plain You give something up for everything you gain Since every pleasure's got an edge of pain Pay for your ticket and don't complain
One of these days and it won't be long Going down in the valley and sing my song I will sing it loud and sing it strong Let the echo decide if I was right or wrong
Silvio, silver and gold Won't buy back the beat of a heart grown cold Silvio, I gotta go Find out something only dead men know."
"Silvio," from 1988's reviled "Down In The Groove." The album contained only a handful of original Dylan compositions, with this particular song credited as a co-writing effort between Dylan and Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter (though Hunter was responsible for virtually all the lyrics). Dylan must have liked it, though, since it became a staple of the Neverending tour, appearing in almost every show in the mid-90s. Performances diminished in frequency by 1998, and the song has only been played on rare occasion since. The youtube below is from the song's heyday: a summer 1996 performance at the Prince's Trust benefit concert in London.
Well, "reviled," it has two of his best covers ever on it -- "Shenandoah" and "Rank Strangers." Presaging his two folkie covers albums, both of which are in the top half of his oeuvre as far as I'm concernced. But yeah, the rest of it's pretty disposable.
Both much, much better than that Dylan and The Dead turkey. He just doesn't come off well when he collaborates with them.
Reviled by the all-knowing mass media, not by the lowly Dylanologist. Didn't mean it to come across that way - Shenandoah and Rank Strangers are timeless and great, not "of the 80s" at all. If there'd been a youtube out there, I would have picked "Strangers" this week - no point in putting up lyrics for a cover without being able to hear the artist's own interpretation of the song.