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Lay Down Your Weary Tune (Bob Dylan)


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GUEST,ifor 16 Jun 07 - 01:23 PM
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Subject: Lay Down Your Weary Tune
From: GUEST,ifor
Date: 16 Jun 07 - 01:23 PM

I have just heard a really good version of Dylan's Lay Down Your Weary Tune...the version is by Bill Whaley and Dave Fletcher on a CD called Less Sprightly which is excellent.
Can anyone tell me more about the history of the songand other versions of itetc?

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Subject: RE: Lay Down Your Weary Tune
From: Midchuck
Date: 16 Jun 07 - 01:48 PM

I know Dylan wrote it, but I'll always think of it in terms of Ian and Sylvia.


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Subject: RE: Lay Down Your Weary Tune
From: Celtaddict
Date: 16 Jun 07 - 01:50 PM

I think this is possibly the best song to be sung by singers who don't sing Dylan.
Danny Quinn's version on "Solo" is simple and beautiful.

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Subject: RE: Lay Down Your Weary Tune
From: The Villan
Date: 16 Jun 07 - 02:04 PM

Bill Whaley came to my club last night to see Mary Humphreys and Anahata. Both Bill & Dave are really smashing and genuine folkies.

John Blanks does a very good version of that song.

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Subject: RE: Lay Down Your Weary Tune
From: lefthanded guitar
Date: 16 Jun 07 - 02:26 PM

Beautiful song. I heard Dylan do it concert about 15 years ago and gave me chills.

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Subject: RE: Lay Down Your Weary Tune
From: Les Worrall
Date: 16 Jun 07 - 02:34 PM

A few facts

Written on a trip to California with Joan Baez, Mimi Farrina ( Joan's Sister), and Richard Farrina, this song, along with "Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carrol," was the only other reported song on this trip. It's first live performance was with Joan Baez struggling to sing harmony.
This song was recorded as a demo for "Times They Are A-Changin," Dylan's 1964 release, but was cut from the album.
The song's melody closely resembles the Folk standard "The Water is Wide."
Dylan performed this both nights at his famous Carnegie Hall concert in 1963.

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Subject: RE: Lay Down Your Weary Tune
From: Peace
Date: 16 Jun 07 - 04:37 PM

'The sessions for The Times They Are a-Changin' produced a large surplus of songs, many of which were eventually issued on later compilations. According to Clinton Heylin, "perhaps the two best songs, "Percy's Song" and "Lay Down Your Weary Tune", would not make the final album, failing to fit within the narrow bounds Dylan had decided to impose on himself."

"'Lay Down Your Weary Tune'... along with 'Eternal Circle'... marked a new phase in Dylan's songwriting", writes Heylin. "It is the all-important link between the clipped symbolism of 'A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall' and the more self-conscious efforts to come the following year. A celebration of song itself, 'Lay Down Your Weary Tune' was also an admission that there were certain songs 'no voice can hope to hum'."

Riley describes "Lay Down Your Weary Tune" as "a hymn to music's instrumental spectrum... it's about the heightened awareness of nature and reality available to performer and listener in the course of a highly charged musical experience". The song is also rich in natural imagery, often in surreal, musical terms ("The cryin' rain like a trumpet sang/And asked for no applause"). Steven Goldberg writes that the song depicts nature "not as a manifestation of God but as containing God within its every aspect". The Byrds released their own celebrated version of "Lay Down Your Weary Tune" in 1965 on their critically acclaimed second album, Turn! Turn! Turn!.'

Dylan's first release of the song was on "Biograph".

The above is from Wikipedia.

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Subject: RE: Lay Down Your Weary Tune
From: GUEST,peregrina
Date: 16 Jun 07 - 05:35 PM

Tim O'Brien does a sort of old time string band version as the last track on his 1996 CD Red on Blonde.

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