Roll On John



Such a beautiful song! Musically and lyrically it’s sublime.

Surprisingly perhaps, after ‘Tempest’, much of the beauty is due to the variety and richness of the numerous interpolations.  Here their inclusion is seamless. They make part of an integrated whole, their words often being key to the themes explored in the song. Some of this beauty is created by the use of words penned by Lennon himself, as in:

‘I heard the news today, oh boy’.

The beauty is in the poignancy. The line’s long vowels and alternating unstressed and stressed syllables recreate in us the same sense of helplessness and grief once suffered by Lennon. But here the line is also the precursor to an onslaught of other emotion. A languid sense of helplessness is immediately displaced in the next line by an incipient anger, indicated by five consecutive stressed syllables:

‘They haul’d your ship up on the shore’.*

However the vowels are still long; if there’s anger it’s under control. But it’s controlled only until the fourth line, where the words become full of bitterness:

‘They tore the heart right out and cut it to the core’.

The long vowels have been abandoned and the resulting staccato effect tells us the narrator’s blood is boiling – until the line tails away after the incisive ‘cut it’.

Beauty also results from  the variety of the roles given to the narrator who is variously critic, devotee, adviser, biographer, and mourner. As adviser it’s not clear that he’s not Lennon himself. The advice is contradictory, however:

‘Leave right now, you won’t be far from wrong’

is soon followed by

‘Slow down, you’re moving way too fast’.

The beauty is again in the poignancy. These exhortations are suggestive of a man in conflict with himself and therefore at least in part the author of his own demise.

The Lennon Character

While a number of commentators have speculated that there may be allusions to other Johns (ranging from the John Smith of Pocahontas fame to St John the Divine) as far as I can see there’s no need to look further for the identity of the protagonist than to a slightly fictionalised John Lennon. That’s not to say the song is just about Lennon, though. It’s may be more about him than ‘Tempest’ is about the sinking of the Titanic, but it is also a vehicle for the exploration of themes which appear throughout the album. Nevertheless Lennon is pretty central.

His character is presented as one of extremes. He ranges from appearing  a rather unsavoury whoring drunk, in the early lines:

‘Another bottle empty, another penny spent’


‘From the Liverpool docks to the red-light Hamburg streets’,

to being  presented as Christ-like in much of the rest of the song. We see this straight away when his reaction to an implied threat is unconfrontational:

‘He turned around and he slowly walked away’.

That however is the only obviously ‘Christian’ act that’s attributed to him. There is, though, a possible reference to the real Lennon’s political activism, when we’re told a faceless ‘they’ tied his hands and clamped his mouth. And there’s perhaps  a hint at his social concern in details like ‘playing to the cheap seats’. His virtues are not being trumpeted as exceptional, though. That they’re presented in a context of moral failing marks him as ordinary, barely different from the rest of us. It’s elsewhere, then, that comparisons with Christ are to be found.

Christ Imagery

To a great extent it’s in the song’s imagery that Lennon comes across as Christ-like. There are several such ways that the identification is made.

To begin with, the inclusion of the detail about being shot in the back, though historically accurate, perhaps presents Lennon, like Christ, as a victim of a betrayal.


Another way in which Lennon is implicitly identified with Christ is as occupant of a cave. In one way the cave can be seen as the underworld, a non-existence from which there is no escape:

‘Wasn’t no way out of that deep, dark cave’.

That Lennon is in the underworld is supported by the earlier phrase describing his death,’and down he went’.

However, the cave can also be seen as Christ’s burial chamber, so given that the cave’s occupant is Lennon, then Lennon is implicitly being identified with Christ.


A third identification of Lennon with Christ is suggested by the line:

‘The sooner you go, the quicker you’ll be back’.

On the surface this would seem to refer to Lennon’s journey by ship from the island he’s on, but there are perhaps overtones of Christ’s ascension and second-coming.


Fourthly, in verse six we’re told:

‘Your bones are weary, you’re about to breathe your last.*
Lord, you know how hard that it can be’

The reason Lennon knows how hard breathing your last breath can be, must be because in some sense he’s done it before. The gospel account of Christ’s death tells us:

Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last’ (Mark 15,37).

The wording is too similar to the song’s ‘breathed your last’ for Lennon’s death and Christ’s death not to be being treated there as one and the same.


Finally, Lennon also seems to be being identified with Christ by way of the interpolation of the opening line of Blake’s most famous poem in the final verse:

‘Tyger, tyger, burning bright’

The word ‘tyger’ is likely to recall T.S.Eliot’s:

‘… In the juvenescence of the year
Came Christ the tiger’,

so if it’s Lennon who is being addressed as ‘Tyger’, the implication is that he is Christ.

That it is Lennon who is being addressed as ‘Tyger’ is apparent from the use of Blake’s description ‘burning bright’ to echo the chorus’s depiction of Lennon, ‘You burned (or burn) so bright’. To associate him with the ‘tyger’ might also seem apposite in that the tyger itself is presented by Blake as the product of a god whose creations are, in a sense like Lennon, both good and evil.


The identification of Lennon with Christ is just one of many unities which pervade the song. Perhaps the most important is alluded to in the interpolated:

‘Come together now right over me’

in which the ideal of a unified humanity is extolled.


Another unity involves Christ and the world. We’re told in the fourth verse:

‘The city gone dark, there is no more joy’.

If the city represents the world, then the idea would seem to be that Christ’s death and the spiritual death of the world are one and the same. This is because the cave, associated now with the death of Christ, had previously been described as ‘dark’.  Since ‘dark’ is also being used to describe the city, we’re led to associate the two. Furthermore, since Christ is being identified with the world, there is the implication that the resurrection of Christ will amount to the resurrection, in the form of the redemption, of the world too.


A further unity, this time between Lennon and the world, is implied by his relinquishing an isolated existence. Initially Lennon is described as having been:

‘… cooped up on an island far too long’*.

There’s the suggestion that he’s been too inward looking. ‘Island’ here is reminiscent of John Donne’s ‘No man is an island‘. In arguing for the unity of mankind, Donne asserts that:

 ‘any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind’.

Similarly the above quotation suggests not only that Lennon was too cut off from mankind in life, but that mankind is diminished both by this and by his death.


Time and space are also treated as a unity. This occurs when the word ‘right’ in verse five’s exhortation to:

‘Leave right now’

appears again two verses later in the expression:

‘Take the right hand road’.

The temporal is being associated with the spatial –  ‘right now’ with ‘right hand road’ – so that they become unified as part of an eternal one.


Finally, there’s also perhaps the suggestion that good and bad are ultimately one. The lights Lennon is associated with are both those of the ‘red light Hamburg streets’ and the light referred to in the chorus which he’s urged to shine. These can be taken as representing respectively his positive and negative qualities. But in being urged to ‘Shine your light’, since he’s not being urged to give reign to his negative qualities, the implication seems to be that these have been subsumed by the positive ones. Qualities which when viewed separately can be seen as good and bad, when viewed together appear as just good.

All these, then are presented as unities – humanity, Christ and the world, Lennon and the world, time and space, good and bad. It will be necessary to consider another unity, however, before the significance of these will become apparent. Meanwhile we need to be aware of the further importance of time, and its relationship with the eternal.

Time Imagery

For much of the song Lennon is presented as bound by time. In the opening line he asks for ‘the time of day’ – the first of several occurrences of ‘day’.  And in the third verse we’re told he has:

‘Rags on your back just like any other slave’*

While on one level the line implies a Christ-like poverty, on another it seems to represent him as a mere temporal being. ‘Rags on your back’ seems to be a compression of phrases from Donne and Shakespeare.

In Donne’s  ‘The Sunne Rising’ there’s the line:

‘Nor hours, days, months, which are the rags of time’.

And in King Lear the Duke of Kent announces:

‘Years on my back I have forty-eight’

By compressing and slightly altering the expressions ‘rags of time’ and ‘Years on my back’ the song is able to refer to ‘Rags on your back’. The effect is to portray Lennon as someone for whom time is a burden which he’d be better off relinquishing. In similar vein, he is ‘like any other slave’ in that, like the rest of us, he is a slave of time.

In the light of this use of the back as a bearer of the burden time, the fact that we’re told:

‘They shot him in the back

in part emphasises that by being shot he was released from time – leaving his eternal existence unaffected.

The word ‘back’ again provides a reminder of Lennon’s temporal existence in the lines:

‘The sooner you go, the quicker you’ll be back


‘Too late now to sail back home’.

The first of these, by way of the possible allusion to Christ’s second coming, suggests that what can be expressed in temporal terms has an eternal significance.

Eternal  v. Temporal

That temporal events have a greater, eternal significance is suggested throughout the song. The events of the song seem to occur in an ‘eternal present’ in that the eight verses cover the events of Lennon’s life, among other things, in a temporally bizarre order:

His death, his early career, a retrospective on his life and death, the effect of his death, advice to him in life, the time at which his death is imminent, the moments after his death.

Since the present of each verse is not always before the present of the succeeding verse, the impression is given that the various exhortations, the advice, the implied regret and the events alluded to do not occur in actual time. Since there’s no past and future, they’re all part an eternal present.


That the events of the song can be seen as taking place in an eternal present also becomes apparent from the fact that the expression ‘right now’ is used both in the exhortation:

‘Leave right now

 in verse five and in:

 ‘Come together right now

in verse six’. From a temporal perspective there are two different ‘right nows’.  But the dual occurrence of the expression ‘right now’ leads one to associate, and so identify, the two ‘nows’.


The transcendence of the temporal by the eternal is also reflected in the description of Lennon’s light. The chorus line ‘You burn (or burned) so bright’ is regretful in tone,  reflecting the fact that Lennon is dead. This tone of regret is enhanced if the past tense is being used. Yet the the complementary ‘burning bright’ suggests the opposite. Can his existence transcend his death? It can if in some sense he has an eternal, or timeless existence which goes beyond the temporal.

There’s a similar implication in the first line of the chorus:

‘Shine your light,

If the exhortation makes sense now that Lennon is dead, there’s again a sense in which his existence transcends his death.


The idea of the eternal transcending the temporal is also apparent in the references to a quarry and a cave. Not only is a quarry a type of cave anyway, but that the quarry here is the cave is also suggested by the words ‘down’ and ‘deep’ respectively in:

Down in the quarry with the Quarrymen’


‘Wasn’t no way out of that deep, dark cave’.

Since the quarry seems to represent life (the activity of Lennon’s early band the Quarrymen), and the cave represents death, the identity of the two suggests that life and death – so easily differentiated at the temporal level – eternally are no more to be distinguished than good from bad**.


This subjugation of the temporal to the eternal is further reinforced by the way the order of events gets reversed in the lines:

‘Tore the heart right out and cut it to the core’


‘Put on your bags and get ’em packed’

It’s only once something has been cut to the core that the heart can be torn out. And if bags are ‘put on’, it’s literally absurd to only then pack them. These reversals would appear to emphasise that the ordering in time of events in the world is of no ultimate importance.


A hint of the transcendence of the eternal may also be present in the line:

‘They’ll trap you in an ambush before you know’.

Spoken by the narrator, who already knows about Lennon’s death, it’s absurd as a warning. And because Lennon doesn’t ‘know’ about the trap, he’s not in a position to warn himself. The only way the warning makes sense is if it’s timelessly, eternally, true.


Finally there’s a lack of certainty about what Lennon’s life amounts to whose solution might be resolved in terms of the eternal. Presented as a sea journey, it begins in the Liverpool docks rather than just Liverpool where he was born. But the journey seems to end nowhere in particular. As in real life it takes in Hamburg, but then becomes a ‘road’ journey to ‘where the buffalo roam’. This could be anywhere. All we can say is that the description is vaguely romantic, cowboyish perhaps, in keeping with the murder’s exaggeratedly being described as an ambush. The journey ends with the  foundering of his ship – ‘on the shore’. Which shore? Again it doesn’t seem to matter. But, in part by association with ‘sure’, ‘shore’ suggests stability, or lack of change, which in turn suggests eternity.


The final unity, which allows us to piece together all the foregoing considerations concerns the song’s use of ‘they’. Who are ‘they’? Here too the song seems deliberately unspecific. In addition to its use in ‘They’ll trap you in an ambush before you know’, there are three more instances of acts being attributed to an unnamed ‘they’:

They shot him in the back…’


They tied your hands and clamped your mouth’*


They hauled your ship up on the shore’*.

On one level of interpretation the first ‘they’ refers to Lennon’s murderers, the second perhaps to those who stifled his political activism, and the third to either of these. However, from the fact that in each case the identity of the ‘they’ is left open, it remains possible to identify all three with each other.  Tying his hands and clamping his mouth could accordingly, like hauling his ship up on the shore, be the same action as shooting him. Lennon’s murder would be being presented in terms of its political consequences.

But still the question ‘Who are ‘they’?’  remains unresolved. The only candidates from within the song are those implored to ‘Come together right now, over me’, or those who, like Lennon, are ‘slaves’ of time. In other words us. We are the killers of Lennon. And given that Lennon, the ordinary man, also represents us, we are not only his killers but their victim.


So ultimately the song is about  us. We are the ‘they’ who killed Lennon, an act co-extensive with our own spiritual death. This final unity needs to be taken in conjunction with those unities previously noticed to enable us to complete the picture.  Of particular importance are the unities of Lennon and Christ, Christ and the world, and  Lennon and the world.

Since Lennon is identified with Christ, our being the killers of Lennon amounts to the same as our being the killers of Christ. And since Christ is identified with the world, our killing of Christ makes us responsible for our own spiritual destruction.

Despite this the song is far from negative. Unity can again be appealed to, this time as a source of hope. Because Lennon is identified with Christ, we too by way of our identity with Lennon, are Christ. That is, although we’ve brought about our spiritual death, we’re also capable of our own redemption. Temporally this is by ‘coming together’. But from an eternal stance, the killers and the redeemers are already timelessly one.



* Single asterisked lines have their origin in, or are directly quoted from, Robert Fagles’ translation of the Odyssey,Viking Penguin 1996. Thanks to Paul Sutcliffe for pointing this out. See Scott Warmuth’s Pinterest page ‘A Tempest Commonplace’ for these and other quotations found on ‘Tempest’. I doubt whether the fact that phrases, and indeed whole lines, are ‘borrowed’ affects the meanings I’ve attributed to them because the contexts are so different. Nevertheless, it clearly affects my suggestion that ‘Rags on your back just like any other slave’ has its origins in Shakespeare and Donne. A crucial difference, with respect to meaning, is Dylan’s inclusion of ‘other’ before ‘slave’. In the ‘Odyssey’ Odysseus is being described simply as wearing rags like a slave. In the song Lennon is being described as a slave.


 **One effect of this is to identify both Christ’s death and Lennon’s with hope. ‘Wasn’t no way out’ can either be interpreted as an ungrammatically informal way of saying there can be no escape from death or, taken literally, as implying the possibility of resurrection. And if Christ’s death is not final after all, then neither, given his identity with Christ, is Lennon’s.

22 thoughts on “Roll On John

  1. Very good. This seems to be one of those “As above; so below” songs. Do you write poetry or song lyrics? If so, I’d like to read them.


    • Thanks for commenting Ben. I’m not sure I’d want to lump the songs together as being all somehow the same, if that what you mean. In a sense much of the subject matter may be the same, but there are huge differences in the writing technique. It seems to me that much depends on who the narrator is, for example – and, as here, whether the narrator can be seen as more than one person at a time. Our religious sensibilities are, I suspect, closely tied to our emotions and different songs deal with different emotions, and in starkly different ways. Sweet Williams death in ‘Scarlet Town’, for instance, creates emotions in me noticeably different from those I have in reacting to John Lennon’s death in ‘Roll On John’.

      I’d love to be able to let you read my poetry, but unfortunately my creative powers don’t allow me to produce any! But thanks for asking.


  2. You did it again. You hit the nail into the cross (time and space united just like heaven and earth) of this song. and while it is already an emotionally moving one, you defend it successfully against those that call it clumsily written, which it is not. To me a lot of persons come together in this christlike but also all too human figure called John, but you argue rightfully to focus on Lennon, in whom we might recognize our own fate and hope(d) to see some of the divine light we yearn for, In fact the whole album Tempest has this mystical depth where beyond good and evil, the struggle of man with God and vice versa is depicted. In Christ God is said to have been descended into our existence, and in Christ we might ascend to the divine, put in some doubt and confusion, with which the album is rife, and you got some good moonshine stuff there, It has a lot more Spirit than the religiously Black and White Slow Train Coming in my opinion.


    • Hans, you say ‘a lot of persons come together in…John’. Of course, in a sense I agree because I think he may represent humanity as a whole. but I’m not sure it’s possible to identify particular people other than Lennon himself. Do you have any in mind? Re ‘Slow Train coming’, it would be interesting to see how Dylan’s religious songs have developed since then. Although the later ones almost certainly do represent a development in his religious thought, it’s probably also appropriate to see them as treating the same subject matter in a very different way. It seems unlikely that the difference between the songs on ‘Tempest’ and, say, ‘Man Gave Names To All The Animals’, or ‘Father of Night’ is just down to his views having developed.


  3. If you can understand German, you should read Henrich Deterings “Die Stimmen aus der Unterwelt.Bob Dylans Mysterienspiele”. München 2016. In his analysis of not only the songs, Roll On John, Working Man Blues, Tempest, but also the film, Masked and Anonymous, he identifies the various “voices” at work in Dylans art: those of antiquity (Homer and Ovid), medieval(the dance of death , the mystery plays, mysticism and Minne), Shakespearian (Prospero and The Tempest), the more modern (the Wild West, minstrel shows, Blake) plus Lennon’s own lyrics and the Sinatra songs.
    The mastery of his book lies not in the mere uncovering of textual references, something that seems to be a speciality of various Dylan websites, but in his explanation of how this diversity of voices, times, art forms are formed into a satisfying poetic unity (Masked and Anonymous being the exception but still providing, especially in the original draft for the film, fascinating hints on how Dylan creates his art.


      • B.T.W. in the fifth verse I hear a lot of Lennon’s own (ironic?) speaking voice ” leave right now you won’t be far from wrong … you’ve been cooped up on this island far too long”. I imagine this to be an example of Dylan’s excellent ear for speech and his ability to integrate it into his own verse – example the speaker in “Floater”. I believe the language of the common man ( Whitman and Wordsworth) also has an important, if not yet adequately explored, part in the lyrical style of Dylan.



      • Certainly, Paul, the phrase ‘You won’t be far from wrong’ needs explaining. At face value it’s absurd because it implies that not being far from wrong is a good thing. Is that the sort of comment Lennon might have made? I don’t know. I don’t know enough about him. But your suggestion’s interesting. I know Wordsworth eschewed 18th century poetic diction, but did you have anything else in mind when you use him – and Whitman – to support your point about the language of the common man?


  4. i believe this song tells the tale of several John’s: Lennon, the Revelator & Smith. John the Revelator lived as a slave on the Isle of Patmos in a cave & Smith was the one caught in an ambush in the time of the buffalo. In typical Dylan fashion, he weaves in & out of all 3 characters to tell the story of 3 mighty John’s.


    • Thanks for commenting. The trouble with seeing other Johns being alluded to is that there doesn’t seem to be anything else in the song to back the suggestions up. The album has several references to the idea of revelation, but there don’t seem to be any on the song to back up the idea that it concerns the author of the Book of Revelation. I can’t see what’s achieved by seeing it as referring to that John. Similarly with John Smith, I can’t see that it would make any difference one way or the other to see the song as referring to him. I’m not sure I’d see it as ‘telling their story’ because the allusions are too vague. I wonder, though, if the buffalo and ambush references might not be to create a sort of ‘wild west’ atmosphere. Is so they’d be in keeping with the description of Lennon’s death as ‘down he went’ which seems an absurdly dismissive way of treating a death, but just the sort of thing you get in cowboy films.


      • Yes sorry, BBD, I should have said there isn’t anything else on the song, not ‘songs’, to back up the idea that other Johns are alluded to. I’ve corrected that now. Of course ‘Revelation’ is alluded to on ‘Tempest’. Even there, though, it’s the book and not the author which is mentioned.


  5. Bob debuted this song at the end of the Sunday Blackpool show. I was lucky enough to be there. You should have heard the cheer that went up when he started.


  6. Well.well well..

    The last thing John Lennon would EVER want is to be called a ‘Christ figure’. When he flippantly said that The Beatles were bigger than Jesus the band had to stop playing live for fear that some ‘God fearing’ type would try to kill them. Later on he sang “Christ, you know it ain’t easy/You know how hard it can be/ The way things are going/They’re gonna crucify me!” You can hardly blame him! John was an atheist and even wrote a scathing song taking the piss out of ‘Born again Bob’ called ‘Save Yourself’.

    To say that Dylan sees Lennon is a Christ figure is ridiculous. And to equate Blake’s Tyger with Christ is well…. kinda blasphemous!

    ‘Imagine no religion…’ John sang. If only….


    • Thanks for commenting Chris. I can well see that Lennon might not have relished being compared with Christ, but that of course doesn’t mean that implicit comparisons aren’t there in the song. I can imagine Dylan relishing the irony! You say, ‘To say that Dylan sees Lennon as a Christ figure is ridiculous’, but of course that’s not what I was saying. Obviously the Lennon of the song is only based on the actual Lennon, and even then I don’t see Dylan as saying his character is Christ-like. The only things he’s responsible for which might make him Christ-like are the unconfrontationally walking away at the beginning, and some hints at his sense of social responsibility. My point is that for artistic reasons connected with his own exploration of religious ideas Dylan seems – by way of imagery – to identify the Lennon character with Christ. I don’t think I said that he identifies Blake’s tyger with Christ either. My point was that the Lennon character can be identified with the tyger by way of ‘burning’ – cf. ‘burned’ (or ‘burns’). Christ is only associated with Blake’s tyger if the latter puts us in mind of Eliot’s ‘Christ the tiger’.

      ‘Imagine no religion …’ Well, at the very least that would have deprived us of some fine Dylan songs!


  7. Hard to believe that you missed the allusion to both
    Christ and “Ballad of John and Yoko” in “you know how hard [that] it can be”. The way things are going….


    • Thanks John. Yes, Lennon comparing himself to Christ – purely ironically I imagine. There are probably other Lennon lyrics I’ve missed too. I’m not sure it matters; it’s what Dylan does with them that’s important.


  8. In wordsworth’s case, he wanted to show how the language of the common man(prose)could reach the level of poetry. A direct response to the excesses of Augustan rhetoric. In Dylan’s case, I see the choice, like Wordsworth and Whitman. of ordinary men as speakers ( workingmans blues, Floater, Nettie Moore etc.) and his artistry in making various levels of discourse (high and low art: borrowed and stolen) seamlessly link into the lyrical expression of these simple characters. Examples:”cooped up on an island far too long”,”ship hauled up on shore” , “trap (me) in ambush” are all borrowings from Robert Fagles translation of Homer. The Odyssey: New York 1996 They seem, however,on first reading to be part of the speaker’s vernacular. It is only when you get the connection, thanks to all the spotters, that you see how perfectly these fragments support the metaphor of the voyage in Roll On John.
    I think Dylan wants us to find these links, but unlike T.S. Eliot, ” these fragments(I have shored against my ruins)”they are not so ostentatiously displayed, nor explicated by copious notes. Each new reading confirms how complicated and multiple the ‘voices’ in the common man’s head are.


    • Thanks again, Paul. I’m sure Dylan, like a lot of fine writers, does transcend any perceived high art/low art distinction. Part of his genius is that his work can be appreciated on different levels. And that is in part due to his his use of everyday speech. I’m not sure about the Homer borrowings (though thanks for pointing them out) from the point of view of everyday speech, but you may well be right. While I don’t doubt that Dylan was using Fagles’ wording, it always amazes me that so often when I’m reading something (a novel, say) I find I seem to be reading lines or phrases from Dylan songs. It happened recently with Frank Herbert’s ‘Dune’. I imagine this happens because Dylan has always made heavy use of everyday expressions, cliches, and so on – rather than because he’s actually borrowing from all these particular books.

      Nevertheless, what is amazing is that a song can be comprised almost entirely, it seems, of other writers’ phrases, and yet stand up as an original work in its own right. That is, it’ll still have meanings and poetic qualities which don’t have anything to do with those writers’ works. In one way, though, I suppose it shouldn’t be surprising because the words we use are themselves borrowed, so to speak. Not many writers go to the trouble of inventing their own words. If words can carry meaning and give rise to original works, then by the same principle borrowed phrases ought to be able to.


  9. Thanks for such a great analysis of a wonderful song. I wonder whether there is an element of satire, or at least irony, in Dylan’s tribute to Lennon. Musically “Roll on John” has a similar feel to Lennon’s “God from 1970”, the song in which he rejected various idols, both religious and human, including Dylan (“I don’t believe in Zimmerman’).


  10. Dylan performed this song only twice, in London and Blackpool, in 2013. Both live versions are available on YouTube.
    He changed the words a bit, and he sings only six verses (hence, omits two verses from the album version).
    I wonder what he sings in the 4th verse in live version. On the second line he sings something different in both performances, on the one from Blackpool I think it’s something like “they hung w wreath upon your door”, but not sure. On the one from London I don’t know too… If anyone knows, or has a good English and can hear it, please let me know. You can even send me an email, it would be nice, as I’m not likely getting a notification from a comment. My email is:
    Thanks in advance
    Regards, big Dylan fan


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