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Category: Rolling Stones

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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