Episode 14. “Wallflower.” The Bootleg Series: Vol. 1-3. Bunker. June 1, 2017.
“Wallflower” was recorded on November 4, 1971 in New York City. Clinton Heylin’s notes are worth quoting in full for this song (in Revolution in the Air):
Evidently recorded as a potential B side to the ‘George Jackson’ single, nothing perhaps exemplifies the dearth of inspiration that now ensnared Dylan than the reemergence of‘Wallflower’ the following October, as a half-hearted duet with Doug Sahm at sessions for a Sahm Band album on Atlantic. That Dylan should even remember such an insignificant song a year after he wrote it demonstrates someone largely working from a tabula rasa when it came to his songwriting. Reminded about the song during a radio special to promote the first Bootleg Series–on which it features– Dylan described it as‘just a sad song . . . one of those pathetic situations in life that can be so overwhelming at times.”
The Doug Sahm affair was a ploy by Atlantic to get Dylan to sign– but nope
Lovely, if weak
Did Jakob Dylan get the title from this song? Couldn’t find a cover… What does Bob think of his son?
Talk about all the songs–“God Only Knows,” Touche Amore(as a contrast to the sweetness of“Wallflower”) , Muppets, Soundgarden, Cake(heard the“pink flowers” line, referencing death– see Touche– but the song waltzes like“Wallflower” too)
David Bromberg Quartet
The Holmes Brothers
Recommendations: Justin Townes Earle / all of the Mountain Goats