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#SLS — “One More Cup of Coffee,” by Bob Dylan

Jim Adams is the accountable host of Song Lyric Sunday.  Jim says:
This week we have the somewhat different prompt of finding a song that includes a number and hopefully this will work out for us.

Here are the “rules”:
• Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not. If it does not fit, then please explain why you chose this song.
• 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 or place your link in the comments section below.
• 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.

Emmylou Harris sings Bob Dylan – Happy Birthday, Emmylou! | Bob ...
Emmylou Harris and Bob Dylan
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I love the album, the lyrics to this song, the harmonies, and the fiddle/violin. A documentary that I watched at least some of had the violinist interviewed. She talked about how she met Bob and what it was like to work with him. Her humility was truly astounding. She, even many years later, had no idea how talented she was. Not sure if that helped make her sound better or not. What do you think?

From wikipedia:
Desire is the seventeenth studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released on January 5, 1976 by Columbia Records.

It is one of Dylan’s most collaborative efforts, featuring the same caravan of musicians as the acclaimed Rolling Thunder Revue tours the previous year (later documented on The Bootleg Series Vol. 5.) Many of the songs also featured backing vocals by Emmylou Harris and Ronee Blakley. Most of the album was co-written by Jacques Levy, and is composed of lengthy story-songs, two of which quickly generated controversy: the 11-minute-long “Joey“, which is seen as glorifying the violent gangster “Crazy Joey” Gallo, and “Hurricane“, the opening track that tells a passionate account of the murder case against boxer Rubin Carter, whom the song asserts was framed. Carter was released in 1985, after a judge overturned his conviction on appeal.

A well-received follow-up to Blood on the Tracks, Desire reached No. 1 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart for five weeks, becoming one of Dylan’s bestselling studio albums, and was certified double Platinum; the album reached No. 3 in the UK. It claimed the No. 1 slot on NME Album of the Year. Rolling Stone named Desire No. 174 on its list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. It was voted number 761 in the third edition of Colin Larkin’s All Time Top 1000 Albums.

One More Cup of Coffee” tells the tale of a girl whose family are gypsies and drifters, and of the man who must leave her to enter the “valley below”. The narrator describes a character who is beautiful:

your eyes are like two jewels in the sky

but for whom the narrator’s love and admiration are not reciprocated:

but I don’t sense affection no gratitude or love,
your loyalty is not to me but to the stars above

The song is a duet between Dylan and Emmylou Harris; as an incidental to its use of the natural minor scale it has a decidedly Middle Eastern flavor in the vocal melody. Dylan introduce[s] the song by claiming he wrote it on his 34th birthday in 1975 while he was visiting the famous annual Romani pilgrimage for the veneration of Saint Sarah in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in the Camargue, France. It is not clear if this is mere colorful embellishment based on the gypsy festival and Sarah connection as others say he wrote the song at a corner table at The Other End nightclub in Greenwich Village in the summer of 1975.

Here is the studio version, where you can hear Emmylou singing:

Your breath is sweet
Your eyes are like two jewels in the sky
Your back is straight, your hair is smooth
On the pillow where you lie

But I don’t sense affection
No gratitude or love
Your loyalty is not to me
But to the stars above

One more cup of coffee for the road
One more cup of coffee ‘fore I go
To the valley below

Your daddy, he’s an outlaw
And a wanderer by trade
He’ll teach you how to pick and choose
And how to throw the blade

He oversees his kingdom
So no stranger does intrude
His voice, it trembles as he calls out
For another plate of food

One more cup of coffee for the road
One more cup of coffee ‘fore I go
To the valley below

Your sister sees the future
Like your mama and yourself
You’ve never learned to read or write
There’s no books upon your shelf

And your pleasure knows no limits
Your voice is like a meadowlark
But your heart is like an ocean
Mysterious and dark

One more cup of coffee for the road
One more cup of coffee ‘fore I go
To the valley below
Songwriters: Bob Dylan / Dylan Bob


39 thoughts on “#SLS — “One More Cup of Coffee,” by Bob Dylan

      1. He did that song when I saw him in Nashville…
        Off Topic…that is an interesting video on your other post…I’m watching it in parts.

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          1. That is where I saw Dylan at….and guess what? He had a no name opening for him but…out came this guy with a hat with an acoustic guitar.
            It was…. Elvis Costello with a surprise set…great concert… Also when Dylan played he called Jack White up to play with him…they played Watching The River Flow.
            I remember Dylan doing One More Cup of Coffee but not with White…

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          1. I just wish Solar was more affordable…I even played with an idea of a windmill…seriously. Jen and I looked into it… three words…Off The Grid

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            1. I looked into it as well. It takes 25 years to pay it off, and the equipment needs to be replaced …. every 25 years. It doesn’t save money, but it’s a planet-friendly option. Storing it in a “Wonder Wall” Tesla battery is the plan I came up with, using his solar roofing shingles. Seems like Elon Musk has been keeping a low profile lately…

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  1. What a good choice! I haven’t heard Dylan in a while and this a great song, love how he incorporates the Middle Eastern rhythms in the song!

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