Coloring Club Plus — 4/20/19

Apr 20

Apr 20a

Last night’s listening was Bob Dylan: The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration, which is a 2-CD set of other performers singing Bob Dylan songs. The live double-album release was recorded on October 16, 1992, at Madison Square Garden in New York City. It captures most of the concert, which featured many artists performing classic Dylan songs, before ending with three songs from Dylan himself.

The house band for the show were the surviving members of Booker T. and the MG’s: Booker T. Jones on organ, Donald “Duck” Dunn on bass, and Steve Cropper on guitar. Joining them was drummer Anton Fig filling in for the late Al Jackson, plus drummer Jim Keltner. Longtime Saturday Night Live bandleader G. E. Smith served as the musical director.

The song I chose from this outstanding concert is Bob’s song, “Foot of Pride,” covered here by Lou Reed, with the above backup band. Lou plays guitar and sings.

Lewis “Lou” Allan Reed (March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013) was an American musician, singer and songwriter. He was the lead guitarist, singer and principal songwriter for the rock band the Velvet Underground and also had a solo career that spanned five decades. The Velvet Underground were not a commercial success during their existence, but are now regarded as one of the most influential bands in the history of underground and alternative rock music.

Thomas Ward at says:
Originally recorded for the Infidels sessions in 1983, “Foot of Pride” is one of the most explosive and venomous songs Dylan has ever written, with the artist spitting out lyrics and verses cascading with potent imagery. As typical of Dylan’s songs during this period, he mixes the spiritual with the secular, with lines such as “Preacher talking ’bout Christ’s betrayed/It’s like the earth just opened and swallowed him up” are echoed throughout the song. Essentially a moralist song about the various wrongdoings of man, and then the chorus is a warning: “There ain’t no going back/When your foot of pride goes down/Ain’t no going back.” …The artist himself has never performed the song live in concert.

Foot of Pride
Like the lion tears the flesh off of a man
So can a woman who passes herself off as a male
They sang “Danny Boy” at his funeral and the Lord’s Prayer
Preacher talking ’bout Christ betrayed
It’s like the earth just opened and swallowed him up
He reached too high, was thrown back to the ground
You know what they say about bein’ nice to the right people on the way up
Sooner or later you gonna meet them comin’ down

Well, there ain’t no goin’ back when your foot of pride come down
Ain’t no goin’ back

Hear ya got a brother named James, don’t forget faces or names
Sunken cheeks and his blood is mixed
He looked straight into the sun and said revenge is mine
But he drinks, and drinks can be fixed
Sing me one more song, about ya love me to the moon and the stranger
And your fall by the sword love affair with Erroll Flynn
in these times of compassion when conformity’s in fashion
Say one more stupid thing to me before the final nail is driven in.

Well, there ain’t no goin’ back when your foot of pride come down
Ain’t no goin’ back

There’s a retired businessman named Red, cast down from heaven and he’s out of his head
He feeds off of everyone that he can touch
He said he only deals in cash or sells tickets to a plane crash
He’s not somebody that you play around with much
Miss Delilah is his, a Philistine is what she is
She’ll do wondrous works with your fate
Feed you coconut bread, spice buns in your bed
If you don’t mind sleepin’ with your head face down in a grave.

Well, there ain’t no goin’ back when your foot of pride come down
Ain’t no goin’ back

Well they’ll choose a man for you to meet tonight
You’ll play the fool and learn how to walk through doors
How to enter into the gates of paradise
No, how to carry a burden too heavy to be yours
Yeah, from the stage they’ll be tryin’ to get water outta rocks
A whore will pass the hat, collect a hundred grand and say thanks
They like to take all this money from sin, build big universities to study in
Sing “Amazing Grace” all the way to the Swiss banks

Well, there ain’t no goin’ back when your foot of pride come down
Ain’t no goin’ back

They got some beautiful people out there, man
They can be a terror to your mind and show you how to hold your tongue
They got mystery written all over their forehead
They kill babies in the crib and say only the good die young
They don’t believe in mercy
Judgment on them is something that you’ll never see
They can exalt you up or bring you down main route
Turn you into anything that they want you to be

Well, there ain’t no goin’ back when your foot of pride come down
Ain’t no goin’ back

Yes, I guess I loved him too
I can still see him in my mind climbin’ that hill
Did he make it to the top, well he probably did and dropped
Struck down by the strength of the will
Ain’t nothin’ left here partner, just the dust of a plague that has left this whole town afraid
From now on, this’ll be where you’re from
Let the dead bury the dead. Your time will come
Let hot iron blow as he raised the shade

Well, there ain’t no goin’ back when your foot of pride come down
Ain’t no goin’ back

Songwriters: Bob Dylan

Ward B. Farber does a poetic reading of the song.


7 Comments Add yours

  1. hanspostcard says:

    Hard to believe but it will soon by Bob’s 60th anniversary…

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Isn’t that something.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. badfinger20 says:

    My cousin had a satellite feed of this and he had all the video recorded…he has since lost it. I can’t believe it’s been that long ago.

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  3. pvcann says:

    Saw Bob Three times on his travels over here, met him after one show, amazing music and transitions over the years, I love how he’s not doing what we call superanuation concerts like some 70s bands, he seems to reinvent himself regularly. Love those fish.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Paul, you have to be a heavy duty music lover to see Bob 3 times. He never fails to amaze at the volume of excellent songs he pours out.

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      1. pvcann says:

        I am indeed a music lover, I’d see Bob again but that’s unlikely I think his international touring is over. They were three of the best shows I’ve ever seen.

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