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Lay, lady lay

Bob Dylan

Lay, lady, lay, lay across my big brass bed
Lay, lady, lay, lay across my big brass bed
Whatever colors you have in your mind
I’ll show them to you and you’ll see them shine

Lay, lady, lay, lay across my big brass bed
Stay, lady, stay, stay with your man awhile
Until the break of day, let me see you make him smile
His clothes are dirty but his hands are clean
And you’re the best thing that he’s ever seen

Stay, lady, stay, stay with your man awhile
Why wait any longer for the world to begin
You can have your cake and eat it too
Why wait any longer for the one you love
When he’s standing in front of you

Lay, lady, lay, lay across my big brass bed
Stay, lady, stay, stay while the night is still ahead
I long to see you in the morning light
I long to reach for you in the night
Stay, lady, stay, stay while the night is still ahead

Angie of the Rolling Stones. But since my childhood it had to compete with Bob Dillan’s Lay Lady Lay on the album Nashville Skyline. I had restless nights in ’69 when, as youngster as I was, I heard this song. Up today I am not convinced yet, wether to chose Lay Lady Lay Or Angie. “Nashville Skyline” is a country album. It’s not country rock, nor “Bob Country” – it’s a full blown down home bona fide country album. The music and the lyrics reflect this. To almost drive this point home, there’s even a rag called “Nashville Skyline Rag”; you don’t get much more country than that. If you played this for someone that has only heard “Blonde on Blonde” or “Freewheelin'”, they would probably bet you money that this wasn’t Bob Dylan…

And, of course, everybody knows “Lay Lady Lay” which was a hughe top forty hit and is still played on classic rock stations all over the world. It’s a very good song, but I like also “I Threw it All Away” and “Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here with You”. John Wesley Harding with its country musicians leaned that way, but “Nashville Skyline” got all the way there and Dylan would stay country for two more records (some would say three), then he’d burst back on the rock scene with a vengeance. Still, country or not, this is a five star piece of work. I’ve never heard steel guitar used like a string section in this way before. “I Threw it all Away” is a great country ballad with some of Dylan’s most humorously suggestive lyrics: “Once I had mountains in the palms of my hands…” “Tonight I’ll be Staying Here With You” is also a great country ballad that probably any country singer would like to have written.

It’s probably fair to say that Dylan’s country music powers shine brightest on the ballads (“Tell Me That it Isn’t True” is more evidence of this). The faster numbers are the weakest on the album: “Peggy Day” and “Country Pie”, though they’re a lot of fun and have this tendency to strap onto your neurons for good. Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman on 24 May 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, musician and poet. He is one of America’s most highly regarded popular songwriters, and his enduring contributions to the American oeuvre are comparable to those of Stephen Foster, Irving Berlin, Woody Guthrie, and Hank Williams.

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In the coffee room of Powell’s bookstore, three teenage boys with spiky hair and skateboards were reading Interview magazine and discussing the current music scene. The conversation turned to Robert Zimmerman, a.k.a. Bob Dylan.

Said one: “I don’t get why he changed his name from Zimmerman. All the coolest guys I know are named Zimmerman.”

His friend: “Yeah, when I grow up I’m gonna change my name to Zimmerman.”

Gesher: A Journal of Outreach to Unaffiliated Jews, Fall 1995

Yes, Dylan did country, but he did it very, very well. And I am left with a dilemma… Angie or lay, Lady Lay. Who can ever help me out…….

Listen to Bob Dylan – Lay, Lady Lay.

Listen to the Rolling Stones -Angie.

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Gertie 21-12-2005, 00:24

Nice post, mr., webmaster … But what about your dilemma about those two songs ….. I think, that’s a question I can’t answer FOR you. But I can give you my personal opinion, for what it’s worth…
I think both songs are unique and beautiful. And it depends from the mood I’m in, which song I would choose to be nr. 1 (for me).
Angie feels more ‘familiar’, it’s a song I know best and like very much. That’s because of the song itself, but also because of the Rolling Stones / Mick Jagger. It brings back good and special memories to me (the good old days); but also Lay Lady Lay is a beautiful song. I agree with you (again) :smirk1_ee: I was a huge fan of Bob Dylan, not only because of the songs you mentioned, but also because of songs like ‘Times they are a-changing’, ‘Knocking on heaven’s door’, ‘mr. Tamboury man’ and of course ‘Blowing in the wind’.
And about your question: what to prefer: Angie or Lay Lady Lay ….. If i had to answer at this moment, I would choose for Angie. But ask me again some other day …… well …. maybe I would say ……. :confused_ee:

parvez 21-12-2005, 01:56

well mr. marcel, why do you wish to get rid of yourself from such a sweet dilemma? deep down, you know, you love both songs – equally. each of them are related to memories of certain stages of your life that you still hold dear. for you, these two songs are not in conflict…in fact, they are in harmony. you can’t consciously choose between them, mr. marcel – they are part of you. :smile1_tb:

Madonna Kemp 28-06-2006, 18:38

I don’t know if it is too late. But I LOVE Lay Lady Lay. It just seems so romantic and special for your wedding. (But of course I love Angie also – who wouldn’t -save it for your renewal vows)’

What ever you chose it will be your choice and it will be the right one. God Bless and have a blessed wedding

parvez 30-06-2006, 08:07

it’s never too late, madonna. please, keep visiting and put forward your views whenever you feel like. cheers.

Maza ’s Weblog » Quality of modern recordings 31-08-2006, 20:48

[…] OS ANGELES (Reuters) – Bob Dylan says the quality of modern recordings is “atrocious,” and even the songs on his new album sounded much better in the studio than on disc. “I don’t know anybody who’s made a record that sounds decent in the past 20 years, really,” the 65-year-old rocker said in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine. Dylan, who released eight studio albums in the past two decades, returns with his first recording in five years, “Modern Times,” next Tuesday. Noting the music industry’s complaints that illegal downloading means people are getting their music for free, he said, “Well, why not? It ain’t worth nothing anyway.” “You listen to these modern records, they’re atrocious, they have sound all over them,” he added. “There’s no definition of nothing, no vocal, no nothing, just like … static.” Dylan said he does his best to fight technology, but it’s a losing battle.”Even these songs probably sounded ten times better in the studio when we recorded ‘em. CDs are small. There’s no stature to it.” Dr. Hook – ON THE COVER OF THE ROLLING STONE Oh, we’re big rock singers. We got golden fingers. And we’re loved everywhere we go. We sing about beauty, And we sing about truth At ten thousand dollars a show. We take all kinds of pills To give us all kind of thrills, But the thrill we’ve never known Is the thrill that’ll getcha When you get your picture On the cover of the Rolling Stone. […]

Anne Gaylord 15-02-2007, 19:38

Lay Lady Lay..

Hands down. There is something intoxicating and addicting about this song. I love Dylan–I’m only 25 but my parents were folk music fans growing up..its now a part of my soul.

I SCOURED the internet for a site where I could listen to this song..thank God you had it.

Webmaster 15-02-2007, 20:22

Anne, 25 you said? Than you are certainly ready for this song…. enjoy…. :wink_ee:

joe_shmoe 07-03-2007, 02:19

As a kid (well, 18 yrs), I’d never even heard Angie before today whereas Lay lady lay is well-known even with my generation. Now having heard them both on your site, I’d still take Dillan any day, no contest. That absolutley simple, stunning beauty cannot be beat (it sounds even better w/out Dylan’s nasally voice. Sorry.)


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