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.
BD: You didn't see 'Shrek'? I thought Jason Wade's version was hauntingly beautiful. Dean turned it into a nightclubish please-pass-my-scotch-and-soda number and Dylan turned it into a sittin'-on-the-front-porch hillbilly song with that squeaky voice of his. IMHO, Wade made it the romantic song that it is.
Dino will always own it! A crooner is a crooner and Bob is a lot of things but a crooner he is not and that is a croonin' song. Mel Torme did it too. Got to be a crooner. Great day for tennis and Home depot will be scary crowded!
(slapping forehead) Er, dumb question of the day. Can I take a Mulligan? As far as it being a parody, I don't see (hear) it that way, but he does seem to be wearing his extra-squeaky voice, so maybe it's a mild parody -- a parody of a parody?. I know what you mean by "edgy", though. It's the same quality that makes "Knockin' of Heaven's Door" so moving.
I agree with Opie -- braving Home Depot on a Saturday? Thy foolishness courage knows no bounds!
Yeah, Home Depot on a Saturday. I don't even go to the supermarket on weekends. I'll starve first. (Well, or eat out.)
The way Dylan sings this song, it's as if nothing ELSE in this world belongs to him. So she'd better not be going anywhere. The statement 'you belong to me' becomes almost a threat, except that the broken character Dylan is playing is incapable of backing up a threat. That's different from other "romantic" versions of the song, yet this "desperate, heartbroken and lonely love" approach is entirely appropriate for the words and melody if you think about them. Which Dylan obviously did. Really, I think this was an inspired choice for him.
Uh... I think the original remark about Dylan going a bit over the top with this is well-taken. In keeping with the film's premise, he's singing the piece like someone who's kind of on the edge. I think he's on the right track in that approach, but I get the feeling he should have tried a few more versions. This sounds like he tried to nail it in one studio take.
I don't mind the mumbling - that sounds right. It's the amount of squeakiness that I could live without.
I have no way of knowing if that's anything close to accurate re the number of studio takes and so on. Just my sense of it is all.
re deam martin, few remember how strong a force the ''Rat Pack'' was in integrating the entertainment scene and ending the upscale hotel ''restriction'' practices that were still being used against Jews long into the post-war period. Sammy Davis Jr. who with Martin and Sinatra made the inside three of the Rat Pack, never played 'white' -- he played what he was -- black and Jewish. If a venue hired any of the three, it may or may not get an appearance of the Rat Pack -- Rat Pack appearances were never scheduled as such, so were always an extemporaneous event, with the three or more (Peter Lawford & Joey Bishop) of 'em onstage -- always in tuxedos -- having a ball, ad-libbing among songs and banter lots of relaxed good-natured race jokes, with Davis often doing Yiddish shtik -- and so lent great style & cool to the ecumenical & civil rights movements.
I love this blog BD! Thank you for all your hard work. So cerebral!
I remember reading an interview with Dylan after the movie was out and he was asked about the nasal overload on the song, and he said something like, 'Nasal?? Well I can't do everything like "blown in the wind"!' I might be wrong about my recollection, but along with my memory goes my stubbornness.
I like "Mister Snitch" name as well.
I believe Jo Stafford did it originally and maybe the best? Just an opinion.