Sungha Jung and Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower”

This kid is just amazing… I’d suggest that you click through to YouTube and check out as many of his songs as you can find the time for. He does a lot of ’80s and ’90s music, which is obviously well before he was born, but he does a great job of all of the songs I’ve checked out… I would not be suprised to hear much more from this kid in another 10-15 years, but until then we’ve got YouTube.

And since I am incapable of posting a Dylan song without a Dylan version of that song…

The reason I chose this particular version is not because it’s the best one available on YouTube (it’s not), but because it’s a fair representation of his concerts over the last decade or so. Dylan is spending more time on keyboards and less on guitar (in fact in some concerts he may not even pick up a guitar during the whole show). Also this shows a bit of Dylan’s “dancing” that he engages in at times during his shows, although not quite as much as I’ve seen at some shows.

And for those who wanted to see the Hendrix version, I agree he did amazing things with this song, and if you click through to YouTube on either of these you’ll find it, but I just wanted to quote Bob taking about Jimi’s version:

It overwhelmed me, really. He had such talent, he could find things inside a song and vigorously develop them. He found things that other people wouldn’t think of finding in there. He probably improved upon it by the spaces he was using. I took license with the song from his version, actually, and continue to do it to this day.

I’d also highly recommend checking out bobdylan.com to see the kick-ass way you’re able to listen to multiple versions of the song streaming in your browser.

“There must be some way out of here,” said the joker to the thief,
“There’s too much confusion, I can’t get no relief.
Businessmen, they drink my wine, plowmen dig my earth,
None of them along the line know what any of it is worth.”

“No reason to get excited,” the thief, he kindly spoke,
“There are many here among us who feel that life is but a joke.
But you and I, we’ve been through that, and this is not our fate,
So let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late.”

All along the watchtower, princes kept the view
While all the women came and went, barefoot servants, too.

Outside in the distance a wildcat did growl,
Two riders were approaching, the wind began to howl.

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About Rodibidably

Jeff Randall is a frequent volunteer for free-thought organizations, including the Center For Inquiry – DC. Having been blogging since January 2008, he decided that a community of bloggers would be an interesting new experience (or at the very least a fun way to annoy his friends into reading his posts more frequently). Since finding out about about the existence of, and then joining, the atheist/skeptic community in 2007 he has been committed to community activism, critical thinking in all aspects of life, science, reason, and a fostering a secular society.
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