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SLS — Hills/Mountains — Hazel

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image link — Bob Dylan & The Band, Chicago, 1974

Jim Adams is the host for Song Lyric Sunday. Today’s theme is Mountains/Hills. Song Lyric Sunday is a fun activity to do, which is to find a song that fits into the theme. If you want to, give it a try:

Here are the “rules”:

  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not.

  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.

  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.

  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.

  • Ping back to this post will eventually work, as long as you are being patient.

  • Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.

  • Feel free to suggest future prompts.

  • Have fun and enjoy the music.

From wikipedia: Planet Waves is the 14th studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released on January 17, 1974 by Asylum Records in the United States and Island Records in the United Kingdom. Dylan is supported on the album by longtime collaborators the Band, with whom he embarked on a major reunion tour following its release (the tour started a couple weeks before release—though Asylum had wanted the album out first). With a successful tour and a host of publicity, Planet Waves was a hit, enjoying a brief stay at  No.  1 on the U.S. Billboard charts—a first for the artist—and  No.  7 in the UK… Dylan had not toured since 1966, when he toured with The Hawks (what The Band’s name was before it became The Band), where they had such a negative experience on tour when fans were angry Dylan had “gone electric.”

Patti Smith wrote a colorful review of it for Creem Magazine. See it here.

Forever Young” is the song on the LP that got the most recognition, although every song on Planet Waves is a winner in my book. My choice today from it is in my top 10 of Dylan & The Band songs. “Hazel” proves you don’t need complicated lyrics or lush instrumental accompaniment to make a perfect song. This version doesn’t go line by line with the lyrics but it is the only video (audio) they are giving access to.

Hazel, dirty-blonde hair
I wouldn’t be ashamed to be seen with you anywhere.
You got something I want plenty of
Ooh, a little touch of your love.

Hazel, stardust in your eye
You’re goin’ somewhere and so am I.
I’d give you the sky high above
Ooh, for a little touch of your love.

Oh no, I don’t need any reminder
To know how much I really care
But it’s just making me blinder and blinder
Because I’m up on a hill and still you’re not there.

Hazel, you called and I came,
Now don’t make me play this waiting game.
You’ve got something I want plenty of
Ooh, a little touch of your love.

Songwriters: Bob Dylan

22 thoughts on “SLS — Hills/Mountains — Hazel

    1. lmao. If you think that’s bad, I also found the liner notes someone had transcribed from the album and they’re just as whacked out. You can find them at The Band’s website.

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  1. My step-mom’s name is Hazel and my dad is a guitarist, so guess how much I love this song? LOL Just kidding, he never overplayed it and it’s still a great Dylan hit! Really love this live version you picked, too, great choice! 😀

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  2. The great thing about The Band was that whether they were backing someone else or playing for themselves, they sounded perfect. I remember them backing Dylan and they just seemed to work magic together. Good choice!

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  3. Bob and George had such a good friendship and working relationship which began in 64, coalesced into some sessions together in 66, and continued until Harrison’s death, there’s a wonderful rehearsal video of “If Not for You” on youtube of the two rehearsing for the concert for Bangladesh. Loved the Last Waltz, sad as the moment was.

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