075 – “Shooting Star”

Episode 75″Shooting Star.”Oh, Mercy..Blockhouse.Recorded November 4, 2018. Context The song was recorded in New Orleans on March 14, 1989 in 8 takes with vocal redubs coming in April. Dylan notes how this song just came to him: The song came to me complete, full in the eyes like I’d … just found it. It was […]

048 – “What Good Am I?”

Episode 48. “What Good Am I?” Oh, Mercy. Bunker. Recorded February 22, 2018. Context (4:30) The song was written in the winter of 1988 while he searched for a melody into 1989 (March 7, March 29 and April 7, 1989). In Chronicles, Dylan said the song just came to him one night when he saw a homeless man. It’s […]

042 – “Born In Time”

Episode 42“Born in Time.” Under the Red Sky. The Bootleg Series, Vol. 8: Tell Tale Signs. Bunker. Recorded January 11, 2018.  Context (2:00) One of the two songs from the Oh, Mercy sessions that would be re-purposed for Under the Red Sky (the other was “God Knows”). Clinton Heylin, talking about the version released officially on The Bootleg Series, Volume […]

038 – “Everything is Broken”

Episode 38. “Everything is Broken.” Oh, Mercy. The Bootleg Series, Vol. 8: Tell Tale Signs. The AUX. November 16, 2017. Context (4:40) “Everything is Broken” as we know it was recorded on April 3, 1989 for Oh, Mercy. An earlier recording from March 14, 1989, when it was called “Broken Days,” is featured on The Bootleg Series, […]

017 – “Ring Them Bells”

Episode 17. “Ring Them Bells.” June 22, 2017. Apartment. Rainier. Boxer Ramen.  We listened the original cut from Oh, Mercy and the two featured on The Bootleg Series, Volume 8: Tell Tale Signs. The song was recorded (in one take) in March of 1989 in New Orleans. At the time of recording, it was only played 31 times (it’s […]