No he podido menos que asombrarme cuando me he enterado que el Premio Nobel de Literatura 2016 era... Bob Dylan!!! Parece que no casa mucho esto de literatura y rock, pero es cierto que Dylan abrió la mente a las letras del rock, que cambiaron desde que empezó a hacer poesía. Y vamos a remontarnos al inicio de todo, precisamente a uno de los LPs que menos "puntos" le habrán dado para conseguir este gran premio. Y digo esto porque el álbum de debut del Sr. Zimmerman únicamente tiene dos canciones compuestas por él: "Talkin' New York" y "Song To Woody".
TALKIN' NEW YORK
Rambling out of the wild west
Leaving the towns I love best
Thought I'd seen some ups and down
'Till I come into New York town
People going down to the ground
Building going up to the sky.
Wintertime in New York town
The wind blowing snow around
Walk around with nowhere to go
Somebody could freeze right to the bone
I froze right to the bone
New York Times said it was the coldest winter in seventeen years
I didn't feel so cold then.
I swung on to my old guitar
Grabbed hold of a subway car
And after a rocking, reeling, rolling ride
I landed up on the downtown side:
I walked down there and ended up
In one of them coffee-houses on the block
Got on the stage to sing and play
Man there said, Come back some other day
You sound like a hillbilly
We want folksingers here.
Well, I got a harmonica job begun to play
Blowing my lungs out for a dollar a day
I blowed inside out and upside down
The man there said he loved my sound
He was raving about he loved my sound
Dollar a day's worth.
After weeks and weeks of hanging around
I finally got a job in New York town
In a bigger place, bigger money too
Even joined the Union and paid my dues.
Now, a very great man once said
That some people rob you with a fountain pen
It don't take too long to find out
Just what he was talking about
A lot of people don't have much food on their table
But they got a lot of forks and knives
And they gotta cut something.
So one morning when the sun was warm
I rambled out of New York town
Pulled my cap down over my eyes
And heated out for the western skies
So long New York
Howdy, East Orange.
El 11 de abril de 1961 Bob Dylan hizo su debut en la Ciudad de New York City, en un "Opening Act" para un concierto de John Lee Hooker en el Gerde's Folk City. Tocó cinco canciones, dos de las cuales eran composición propia: "Song to Woody" y "Talkin' Hava Negeilah Blues". Un mes y pocos días después, el 24 de mayo, cumplía 20 años. Os dejo un directo de "Song To Woody", de un concierto del Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, NJ, el 13 de noviembre de 1999.
SONG TO WOODY
I'm out here a thousand miles from my home
Walking a road other men have gone down
I'm seeing a new world of people and things
Hear paupers and peasants and princes and kings.
Hey hey Woody Guthrie I wrote you a song
About a funny old world that's coming along
Seems sick and it's hungry, it's tired and it's torn
It looks like it's dying and it's hardly been born.
Hey Woody Guthrie but I know that you know
All the things that I'm saying and a many times more
I'm singing you the song but I can't you sing enough
'Cause there's not many men that've done the things that you've done.
Here's to Cisco and Sonny and Leadbelly too
And to all the good people that travelled with you
Here's to the hearts and the hands of the men
That come with the dust and are gone with the wind.
I'm leaving tomorrow but I could leave today
Somewhere down the road someday
The very last thing that I'd want to do
Is to say I've been hitting some hard travelling too.
Disponible en Nuestra Fábrica:
1967 - John Wesley Harding
1978 - At Budokan
1979 - Slow Train Coming
1994 - Outside The Empire (bootleg)
2014 - UK Canta A Dylan
Y disponible en 1PocodMusica:
1965 - Highway 61 Revisited
1966 - Blonde On Blonde
1973 - Dylan
1975 - Blood On The Tracks
1978 - Masterpieces
1997 - Never Mind The Bollocks (Here's Bob Dylan) (bootleg)
2001 - Love And Theft
2006 - Modern Times
2009 - Together Through Life
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