Dylan covers

Blog Poll: Are you a fan of Bob Dylan? 53% vote 'Yes', 47% vote 'No'.

If you missed it, a few weeks ago we donned our thinking caps and chewed over which Elvis songs would be ideal for David to cover (should he ever put on that 72-hour concert in Fantasy Land).

We’ll do the same for Jimi Hendrix next week, on the anniversary of his birth.

For now, just for fun (as John has set me off with his teasing concert anecdotes):

Which Bob Dylan songs do you think David would perform well?

Again, do consider that he’d obviously be given artistic licence to tinker with them.

Anyone else other than Elvis, Bob and Jimi? I’d be curious to know which other artist’s songbooks we could consider in this way and, indeed, include a suitably-bland poll for each.

Those mentioned most will be covered over the next few weeks, but no more than five suggestions per person, please.

The chatroom will be open tomorrow between 14:00 and 16:00 (UK).

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour’s official blog, The Blog (‘Features’ previously being its rather naff title), affectionately – or lazily – shortened to ‘FEd’.

93 thoughts on “Dylan covers”

  1. I really must apologise first….SORRY!

    I just cant listen to Bob Dylan, his voice makes me want to rub my face down a pebble dashed wall, a great song writer for sure but that voice would put years on you.

    Anyway, the song I would like David to perform is – When The Night Comes Falling.

    Can I select David to cover-

    The Beatles
    Rory Gallagher (PLEASE!)

    Peace & Love, etc., etc.

    [No need to apologise, Paul. That’s what we want: different opinions. – FEd]

  2. ‘Not Dark Yet’ – Oh, what David could do with a steel guitar on that one.

    ..and I’ll narrow the rest down to four later.

  3. what would you do for an encore after a 72 hour concert?

    imagine the prices of tickets as well – cheaper to buy a dg strat.

    i don’t have many suggestions for covers really – ‘all along the watchtower’ i think will be a stand out track, ‘masters of war’, i quite like ‘quinn the eskimo’ and maybe ‘knockin’ on heaven’s door’… i’m sure we could go on and on and on.

    as for other artists, there are tracks from arctic monkeys, maybe amy winehouse? a sprinkle of radiohead just for you fed, perhaps a minority choice but some of the instrumental stuff off bowie’s album ‘low’. gilmour on the sax, that would be a treat. and of course, lynard skynard. Freeeeeeeeeeeeee Biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiird!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Hi Fed,

    “You’re A Big Girl Now” from the “Blood On The Tracks” album, my favorite with WYWH.

    Also I think David could easily cover any song from Neil Young’s Harvest.

    [Nice idea. – FEd]

  5. I love hearing Bob Dylan. He’s not an ordinary singer or lyricist. Maybe if he didn’t sing the way he did, with the same lyrics I’d have a different thought of him.

    This one is better than the Elvis post.

    So which song would I/could I hear David covering…..?

    Well, I think David once said in an interview that he’d done a Reggae version of Like a Rolling Stone, am I right? I’d love it hear it! LMAO. Then we’d all say….what was he smokin’?

    But seriously, how about Rainy Day Women #12 and 35, All Along the Watchtower, Tangled up in Blue, Just Like a Woman?

    [You’re right about ‘Like a Rolling Stone’. – FEd]

  6. I don’t know about Dylan (never a fan) but….

    1. The Beatles (rather obviously)
    2. Peter Gabriel-era Genesis (I know, some songs would work better than others but, there are some that David could do a smashing job at)
    3. Eric Clapton (and his numerous groups)
    4. Supertramp
    5. Elton John (there are several tracks in his catalogue that can and should be Gilmourified)

    ….and now for something completely irritating.

    Rolling Stone has come out with its list of “100 greatest singers” and Thom freakin’ Yorke of Radiohead is on the list. That in of itself is not all that bad but when you factor in who is not on the list – DAVID GILMOUR!!! – it becomes completely unacceptable. Worse yet the panel Rolling Stone assembled is pretty impressive so for David to “slip” the minds of all the panelists is just inexcusable!

    Thought I’d share some of my aggravation.

    Thank you very much indeed, good night to you.

  7. “Holiday” by Rick Wright would just blow a fuse somewhere in my brain…but it would be worth it.

  8. Josh,

    Rolling Stone is to fair and rational coverage as Elizabeth Hasselbeck is to credible journalism…

  9. I really don’t know Dylan that well, but ‘All Along the Watchtower’ would certainly be on my list.

    Of course, David could also just sing Syd’s ‘Bob Dylan Blues’. 🙂

    As for other artists… maybe Simon and Garfunkel. There is already some great acoustic guitar work in there, I would certainly see Mr. Gilmour taking some of their songs out for a spin.

    [That’s a good one. – FEd]

  10. ‘Not Dark Yet’ from the ‘Time Out of Mind’ album, an absolute gem, and I don’t know why but for some reason I can imagine David singing it!

  11. Where to start? I think David could ‘cover’ so many of Dylan’s songs beautifully.

    To Ramona
    Visions of Johanna
    Love Minus Zero/No Limit
    Lay Down Your Weary Tune
    Restless Farewell
    Boots of Spanish Leather
    Goin’ To Acapulco
    Shooting Star
    If You See Her, Say Hello
    A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
    Most of the Time

    A few songs that popped into my brain without much need for contemplation.

    I’d love to hear David sing just about anything written by Dylan. I think he would be brilliant covering any of his songs!

    I in a bit of a stupor at the moment having been sick with some sort of horrible bug for about 2-1/2 weeks now. 🙁 I think I need a holiday … or maybe a doctor!

    FEd, I’m always up for any discussion of music … especially ‘random’! Wouldn’t it be great if David actually did record an album of Dylan covers? Oh yeah, we’d be a happy crew, methinks. 🙂


    [I hope you feel better soon, Gabrielle. – FEd]

  12. Hi FEd,

    Dylan: All Along the Watchtower

    As for the other artists, I’d suggest the old Dire Straits (Mark Knopfler and DG have such a different approach on the Strat, it would be fun…).

    And why not cover himself? I mean there are some diamonds that should be re-recorded in studio again…

    Best regards,

    [Good call, Taki. – FEd]

  13. David reggaeing to Like a Rolling Stone, sounds hilarious.

    I would like to hear him do…

    1. Blind Willie McTell
    2. Don’t Think Twice (It’s All Right)
    3. Things Have Changed
    4. Ain’t Talking
    5. Series of Dreams
    6. It’s Alright Ma…
    7. Cold Irons Bound
    8. Love Sick
    9. All Along the Watchtower
    10. I Want You

    I am a relatively new, but serious Dylan collector, as much as I collect Gilmour.

    Other artists?

    Mark Knopfler
    Rory Gallagher (acoustic!)
    Roger Waters
    Led Zeppelin
    Leo Kottke
    Eric Clapton

  14. Yeah, would also like to hear the whole of Like A Rolling Stone.

    In a BBC Radio One interview that was broadcast on July 28th, 1992, you can hear a 1:42 long clip from the version.

  15. I think there are some good Carlos Santana songs, which David could cover. For example;

    1. Black Magic Woman
    2. Europa
    3. Samba Pa’Ti (This one especially, because it combines good bluesy Guitar with some really nice Hammond organ playing.)

  16. I think an edited “Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands” would be good.

    [The original does go one for about two days, so that would have to be cut, particularly if ever performed on Jools Holland’s radio show. – FEd]

  17. Dylan’s lyrics make me swoon as it is. I think if I heard Mr. Gilmour singing them, while adding his own personal touch on the strings, I’d explode.

    Here are a few of my personal choices (in no particular order)–both for lyrics, and keeping in mind Mr. Gilmour’s style, room for guitar solos, and vocals.

    1. Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window
    2. Just Like A Woman
    3. I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight
    4. Forever Young
    5. Lay, Lady, Lay *wipes drool*
    6. Not Dark Yet
    7. Shelter From The Storm
    8. Tangled Up In Blue
    9. Tomorrow Is A Long Time
    10. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
    11. I Want You

    Anybody into Tom Waits? There are a few of his songs that I’ve always thought Mr. Gilmour would do extremely well.

    Of course the great man can perform whatever he damn well pleases, and I’d most likely still love it.

    We should do Leonard Cohen next!

    [Definitely. – FEd]

  18. Yes, “All Along the Watchtower” is a good one, though I’d imagine David gravitating towards Jimi’s version. Just think of what he would do with those freak-out guitar bits.

    There are definitely some Beatles tracks he could cover as well. “Eleanor Rigby” and “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” come to mind, but that’s probably another post down the road, so back to Dylan…

    Lay, Lady Lay
    I Shall Be Released
    Chimes of Freedom
    Forever Young

    Bill C

  19. Dammit ! I’ve been listening to my Hendrix collection to (try to) narrow it down to one or two possible tracks and now I have to try to do Dylan with VERY limited resources !

    I like what I know of Dylan, mainly his early stuff and I confess to being very late in getting to him so I’m trying to catch up. As far as this artist is concerned therefore, I will have to give way to other bloggers’ superior knowledge. I look forward to being educated !

    Other artists ? hmmmmm, I like Amedeo’s suggestion of Carlos Santana. Also, I loved the bluesy feel of This Heaven so any of the old blues masters David cared to have a go at.

    I don’t feel very knowledgeable or confident about any of this. . .

    ash X

  20. And now for something completely different…

    Joni Mitchell ~ Court and Spark
    Kate Bush ~ Mother Stands For Comfort
    Sam Brown ~ Letting Go
    Bobbie Gentry ~ Ode to Billy Joe

  21. I would love to hear what David could do with some Dylan-songs. The cover of Like a Rolling Stone was “fun”. I’d love to hear some more.

    1. Desolation Row
    2. Visions of Johanna
    3. Long Black Veil (I know, it’s not by Dylan. But the live-versions he does are amazing)
    4. All Along the Watchtower
    5. Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues

    I would love to hear some Neil Young covers. Down by the River, Cowgirl in the Sand, Country Home or Over and Over Again. With lots of guitar! =)



  22. For me it would have to be: Blowin’ in the Wind.

    “The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind,
    The answer is blowin’ in the wind.”

  23. Great timing Fed, I just saw Dylan live for the first time on Saturday. He played some great songs that I really did not expect such as ‘Ballad of Hollis Brown’ and ‘The Lonesome Death of Hattie Caroll’.

    As for Dylan songs that David could cover, it’s really hard to say. The lyrical content of his entire catalogue is so strong that I feel a talented musician such as David could do wonders with many of Dylan’s tracks. For now I will say:

    1. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
    2. Ballad of a Thin Man

    [I see you got to hear ‘Highway 61 Revisted’, too. Hope you enjoyed it, Mikael. – FEd]

  24. bob dylan covers, as previously mentioned all along the watchtower and knockin’ on heaven’s door are both good choices, DG would kill on these two.

    but barring those two songs my 5 would be:

    1. lay, lady, lay
    2. house of the rising sun
    3. slow train coming
    4. i threw it all away
    5. forever young

    honorable mention- blowin’ in the wind, mr tambourine man, and the times they are a changin’.

    future covers? santana (samba pa ti, singing winds-crying beats), buddy holly, roy orbison, eddie cochran, b.b. king, z z top (early blues/intrumentals, blue jeans blues, el diablo and asleep in the desert come to mind), neil young, john lennon, bo diddly, albert collins, jeff beck, stevie ray vaughn……..

    enjoyed…….take care all…fats

    [So, that’s eight songs and 12 artists. OK… – FEd]

  25. I just read Amedeo’s post and it really got me thinking. I’ve loved Carlos Santana’s music since I was a kid and I suppose this was due to the guitar playing as much as anything else. I would find it really interesting to see how David played this type of music OR they played something together. I’d travel anywhere to see that. Forget the lyrics, just play the instrumental stuff.

    As for Bob Dylan’s songs I’m not sure as David’s voice is very different to Dylan’s. There are some great songs out there by Dylan and I think it would be quite an experience watching David make them his own.

  26. Your previous post about poor little Baby P reminded me of a video that I once saw, although it had nothing to do with ‘abuse’, since it was about a ‘happy in her warm family environment’ disabled child.

    The song played in the background was ‘Forever Young’ by Bob Dylan. Such a touching video and a beautiful song. So moving.

    I can really imagine David singing it.


  27. Hi FEd,

    Sorry for another late notice : Floyd, live in Pompeii – Tonight on Arte TV, 00:10, GMT+1.

    A repeat broadcast is apparently scheduled for Nov 24, 09:55.

    Won’t be able to make it to tomorrow’s chat.


    [Thanks, Ralph. – FEd]

  28. First of all, Amedeo: Black Magic Woman is Peter Green’s piece, covered by Santana.

    As for Dylan, I think Make You Feel My Love could be interesting with David on piano of course.

    Deluxe safely arrived but I’m unfortunately busy with other things, so it has to wait few more hours.

    [I’m sure that many people reading admire your amazing will-power, Tomasz. – FEd]

  29. I think David would do a nice job with “Blowin’ in the Wind”.

    Other artists for the Gilmour treatment – as suggested already:

    Beatles (who only really lacked a guitar hero)
    Early Elton John

    Radiohead would be fun of course but it’s one of the few he couldn’t really improve on, right. 😉

    From slightly left field, how about Elvis Costello? There’s a few nice songs, plenty of feeling, a little edge.

  30. Just one: Things Have Changed.

    And the bluesy sound (at least I think it sounds bluesy) should be more than proper for David’s solo.

  31. Hi Fed, David’s buddy Bryan Ferry just released an album of Dylan songs, not sure whether Phil contributed.

    Love to hear David sing Don’t Think Twice, it’s All Right and maybe cover some Pearl Jam as they do a terrific job covering Pink Floyd.


  32. Dylan song? “Blowin’ in The Wind” (just love this song). I think it fits with the recent Gilmour acoustic predominant side.

    Another song I always wished (I should say dreamed) David would do a version of, the best Rick solo song: “Reaching for the Rail”.

  33. David seems to do justice to any music he plays.

    Believe it or not, I think Mr Tamborine Man would sound wonderful with him on lap steel.

    [Good thinking. – FEd]

  34. [I had to laugh at your line about not understanding a word he was singing. – FEd]

    Thanks! Here’s an encore: “Couldn’t understand a word he was singing and it was beautiful.”

    That’s our Bob. Love him or leave him, I’m glad I’m in the love him group.

    As far as David covering Dylan, considering where he’s at right now, I think he would do a killer job on the entire Modern Times album. Kind of reminds me of OAI. Light (but at times intense) and bluesy with a few semi-high tempo tunes thrown in. Also, with its delicious bass line, doesn’t ‘Spirit On The Water’ remind us of ‘Dominoes’…and so on…?

    If you don’t have it, GET IT.

  35. Other artists that would be interesting for David to cover…

    Stevie Ray Vaughn
    Eric Clapton
    Ray Charles

  36. There is a lot of Dylan to dig through… here’s a couple;

    1.) Thunder on the Mountain
    2.) Love Sick

    So far it’s been all Americans, how about a few of the British Masters?

    Beatles (including solo works), Eric Clapton (including all of the bands he was with), and the Rolling Stones.

    I don’t know where Peter Green is from, BUT GOD, wouldn’t “In The Skies” sound great coming from David? Oh yes!

  37. Hi,

    “Masters of War”…

    Mmm, he could cover one of my favourite bands (that one that got a nice remark from Richard Wright) or

    – Richard
    – Mr. Cohen indeed.

    Have a nice week.

  38. I’d like to hear David sing “Ballad of a Thin Man”…I heard that song for the first time in the Dr. Hunter S. Thompson documentary “Gonzo.” It’s an absolutely fantastic song.

    “It’s Alright Ma, I’m Only Bleeding” would be great, as well.

    And, Meg, Tom Waits is wonderful musician. I can’t deny any of his music, whether its from “Closing Time” or “Orphans.” He and David share a special place in my heart.

    If we’re talking Tom Waits covers, how about “I’m Still Here,” “Broken Bicycles,” or “Flower’s Grave,” or “No One Knows I’m Gone”.

    I should stop now or might never end this list.

  39. All Along The Watchtower and Mr. Tambourine Man for Bob.

    Pipeline and Walk Don’t Run by the Ventures.

    Imagine by John Lennon.

    Ride My Seesaw by the Moody Blues.

    Samba Pa Ti by Carlos Santana.

  40. Not a Dylan fan as a singer.

    But the guy has written some amazing songs – which I personally prefer sung by other artists.

    Slightly off topic (sorry Fed): Michael Kamen R.I.P. died this day 5 years ago.

    Michael is warmly remembered as an amazing artist and conductor. I met him personally four times at gigs and he was always very chatty and interesting.

    My thoughts today for his family and friends – A very sad loss to the music world.


    [Indeed. – FEd]

  41. Hello FEd!

    Bob Dylan: All Along the Watchtower

    Other artists…I think Leonard Cohen, Neil Young and The Beatles (Strawberry Fields Forever) would be OK.

    Richard Wright’s “Summer Elegy” would be perfect, too.


  42. I cannot imagine David doing a cover of Dylan. This is largely because I love David’s music so much, where Dylan annoys me. Dylan is a fine songwriter and an amazing lyricist, but when he performs the songs, that messes it all up.

    All the same, I’m thinking of “The Times They Are A-Changin'” sung in David’s voice, arranged as David would arrange it and played by the “OAI” band.

    In my mind’s ear I hear a beautiful song with very powerful lyrics.

  43. David Gilmour is a great singer and guitar player. I’d say that he could choose any song and make it sound great. Both Gilmour and Dylan are storytellers and these days they remind a lot each other. Not style wise, but generally. I am not a huge fan of Dylan but I like a few of his songs. If I had to choose one, it would be “Times They Are A Changin'”.

    Here is a list of songs I would like to hear David perform:

    *Pete Seeger – Where Have All The Flowers Gone
    *Marillion – Lavender
    *Led Zeppelin – Thank You
    *Genesis – Carpet Crawlers
    *Jimi Hendrix – Little wing
    *Alison Krause – Stay
    *U2 – Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own

  44. ‘Positively 4th Street’
    ‘Forever Young’
    ‘It Ain’t Me Babe’
    ‘Thunder on The Mountain’

    ..and a couple of Beatles songs for good measure:

    ‘Revolution’ and ‘I’ll Follow The Sun’.

    [‘I’ll Follow The Sun’ is a brilliant suggestion. – FEd]

  45. Hi Fed and all,

    I would like to hear DG perform ‘Idiot Wind’ – a great song IMHO and ‘Gates Of Eden’.

    Other artists, how about Leonard Cohen? P.S. great live performance from Leonard and his superb band last week.

    The Kinks, how about ‘I’m on an Island’ or ‘Lola’? 😉

    And Rory Gallagher.

    Best wishes.

  46. [First of all, Amedeo: Black Magic Woman is Peter Green’s piece, covered by Santana. – Tomasz]

    Sorry about that Tomasz. Santana’s version gets a lot of airplay around here, and I assumed it was his. He did a fantastic job on it, but now you’ve sparked my curiosity and I have to check out the original by Peter Green.

    Thanks for the adjustment though.


  47. Precious Memories – would allow some Gilmour originality and room/time for good riffs.

    Lay, Lady, Lay – another song with plenty of room for originality.

    Simple Twist of Fate – I think David could add some good originality to this song

    Dylan is the most stoic of the bunch. I enjoy his music.

    I really can’t remember what happened to the keys, Bob.


  48. Dylan song – “My Back Pages”.

    Would love to see David covering something Beatles related, or something like Led Zeppelin’s “Gallow’s Pole.” His and Brian May’s take on “Smoke on the Water” was quite enjoyable.


  49. [I’m sure that many people reading admire your amazing will-power, Tomasz. – FEd]

    Fed, to tell you the truth I listen quite a lot to the audio from Gdańsk, I even erased all other music from my mobile phone, just not to hesitate what to listen.

    As for David covering other artists, I started to think about Sloe Gin. It was written by David’s friends Michael Kamen and Bob Ezrin in the late 70s and was then recorded by Tim Curry. Recently Joe Bonamassa covered this and probably David’s version would be great, too.

    As for Phil he did not contributed to Dylanesque, but Guy did and toured as well with Mr. Ferry.

    Last Sunday I heard 3 songs from Phil’s new release Firebird V11 in Polskie Radio 3. And I have to say it was great, and I particularly liked 2 slower tempo pieces (titles were not given, as always). David is not mentioned that he played on that, but for sure he was not too far away from the studio, or at lest popped in from time to time, or jammed a lot with Phil before.

  50. RE: RTN Blu-Ray

    When LIG was released the Blu-ray version of RTN disappeared from all important electronic retailers (i.e. brazilianriver.co.uk). I was hoping to buy a copy as I started to collect BR discs. But I can’t find any of David’s.

    I deeply believe that was not limited edition and will be available in the future. It is not a must for me now as I still do not have BR player, but I thought about it, and when I saw the homepage decided to ask.

  51. Considering that Dylan songs have been covered by many others and in many ways I prefer the covers to the original, it could be an interesting concept of DG doing BD songs. One of my favorite Dylan songs is Hurricane but I’m not sure how well that one would go over.

    But I would like to hear him cover Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door or maybe Mozambique for fun.

    As for other artists, the Eagles could be interesting as well as the Rolling Stones.

    I also think you could have some fun with something like DG doing songs from the 50s, or punk, new wave, disco. Do it by genres of music.



  52. Buckets of Rain
    Simple Twist of Fate
    Idiot Wind
    Visions of Johanna
    I Can’t Leave Her Behind
    Tonight I’ll be Staying Here With You
    Meet Me in The Morning
    It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry
    When I Paaaaaaaint My Masterpiece 🙂

    I’m gonna stop right there. I could go on, but I was steering away from the songs with a political message that David could obviously do well.

    “Well, I’ve been up all night, baby,
    Leanin’ on the window sill.”

  53. How about Metallica?

    I don’t know many BD songs but I like what I know. My choice for DG would be “Blowin’ In The Wind”.

  54. Oh, here’s a suggestion out from left field.

    How about DG doing songs from Black Sabbath? Would love to hear some of his interpretations of Iommi.



  55. Lorraine,

    ‘Not Dark Yet’, happens to be a song I’ve always thought David could do extremely well. I was pleased to see that you’d mentioned it.

  56. [Bobbie Gentry ~ Ode to Billy Joe – Parish]

    [Like it!! – Paul]

    Thanks Paul ~

    I could deafinitely hear David’s swampy twang on this one and his lowest register delivery on the line, “jumped off the tallahache bridge”.

  57. I agree with some that said “You’re A Big Girl Now” would be a wonderful song to be played by David.

    I am sorry to change subject, but does anybody know if David is planning some tour for Latin America, especially Argentina?

    [I’m afraid not. – FEd]

  58. [I’m not sure as David’s voice is very different to Dylan’s. – Charles Wilkinson]

    That was the most polite thing I ever read about Dylan’s singing voice. 😀


  59. As for a Bob Dylan song for David to cover I would have to say All Along The Watchtower.

    Others would be:

    – One Of These Nights by the Eagles
    – Sultans Of Swing by Dire Straits
    – Turn The Page by Bob Segar (would be awesome with Dick Parry on sax)

    And for something really different, Don’t Fear The Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult. (I think David’s and Buck Dharma’s voices are fairly similar not to mention great guitar playing.)


  60. Not a Bob Dylan fan myself so can’t think of any of his.

    I would like to see David sing and play some Queen!! Did he do a collaboration with Brian May for Smoke on the Water?

    Kind regards

    [He did, and it was a Top 40 hit in the UK, in aid of the victims of the 1988 Spitak earthquake in Armenia. Others involved included Bryan Adams, Ritchie Blackmore, Bruce Dickinson, Keith Emerson, Ian Gillan, Tony Iommi, Paul Rodgers, Chris Squire and Roger Taylor. – FEd]

  61. Good, my Tiscali connection is back; even though they didn’t phone me back as promised.

    Dylan: Rolling Stone, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Forever Young & Shelter From the Storm. Not Hurricane, it is untouchable.

    Looking at the poll, I didn’t think there would be so many Dylan dissenters.

    Obviously a band that should be considered as ripe for Gilmour covers are the Scissor Sisters. I’m sure he could do a better job covering their stuff than they did with Comfortably Numb.

  62. Sara from the Desire album is one of my favorite Dylan songs and kinda has a feel to it like it could have been a b-side to the On An Island album.

  63. Bob Dylan´s song:

    “Like A Rolling Stone”
    “Just Like A Woman”
    “My Back Pages”


    “A Hard Day´s Night”
    “Helter Skelter”


  64. I agree with ” I Shall Be Released “. Great lead can be played on that one.

    I like “Brothers In Arms” as previously mentioned also.

    [Yes, that’s a good one. – FEd]

  65. I am not a fan of Bob Dylan; I really don’t know how to appreciate his vocal. My husband likes him a lot, he tried very hard to influence me on liking Dylan’s music as he did with Pink Floyd. I just couldn’t help but falling asleep every time I listen to Dylan’s music. Nonetheless, Bob Dylan is definitely one of the icons and legends in the music world. I do admire his lyrics and music very much.

    To me, any song done by David Gilmour suits me well. I think David will perform beautifully in “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright” and “Buckets of Rain”.

    As for other artists, I think The Beatles will be at the top of my list. My next pick would be Neil Diamond.

    [I really enjoyed his last album, ‘Home Before Dark’, did you? – FEd]

  66. I think David would do a splendid version of Licence to Kill. Great lyrics which lend themselves to David’s voice and a wonderful guitar part as well.

    Check out Mike Campbell’s version when Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers did it on Dylan’s 30th anniversary show.

  67. I must apologize because I know almost no Bob Dylan songs. He is a great songwriter but his voice is really hard to get used to, for me – so I have always stayed away from his music.

    From the songs I know I think the one I would most like to be covered by David would be All Along The Watchtower.

    For other ideas I´m all for Dire Straits and the Eagles.

    As I have read Andrew´s idea for Black Sabbath covers I was surprised but as more I think about it as more I like this idea. They are on the first look a very unusual choice but some of Sabbath´s songs would work great. (They are much more versatile than the typical heavy metal band the most people see in them).


    [I couldn’t agree more, Irene. Besides, stripped-down versions of the heaviest songs are always interesting. Good call, Andrew. Like that one. – FEd]

  68. David, the amazing musician, covering the songs of Dylan, who always sounds like a mediocre musician with a bad sinus infection.

    Don’t get me wrong. Dylan is an amazing songwriter. But he should have let someone else perform his material. As a result, I have trouble imagining David doing covers of this material.

    The one exception: I think David would do really well with “The Times They Are A-Changin'”.

    If David wanted to make people laugh, he could try “Everybody Must Get Stoned.” THAT would be hilarious, and not for the right reasons.



    [I’ll second that (pun not intended). – FEd]

  70. May I add another vote for ‘Don’t Think Twice, It’s All right’?

    David does Richard Thompson’s ‘Dimming of the Day’ on his In Concert DVD which I think is the most beautiful version done.

    I would add:

    – Nothing Else Matters (Metallica)
    – Diamonds and Rust (Joan Baez)
    – Something (George Harrison)
    – Never Dreamed You’d Leave In Summer (Stevie Wonder…Baez has best version)

    Perhaps some songs by B.B. King.

    Back later if I think of more. However, got my 5 disk box set today and I will be busy for a while.

    I am so delighted with the extra goody bag!!! Love it that Wireman is on the pick and the photos of Polly and Richard. (So sad but how wonderful that he was on this tour. Just adds to the special value of this. Thank you, David.)


  71. Hey, ‘Everything is Broken’…

    Hey Dave….LUCE’ Umbra! The night is alive!! Sorry about Rick, I’m so sad about that!

    Deep regards,
    David Beowulf

  72. [I really enjoyed his last album, ‘Home Before Dark’, did you? – FEd]

    I sure did. This was the album I had in mind to hear David Gilmour perform. I like specifically “Pretty Amazing Grace” and “Power of Two”.

    I am not competitive when it comes to music, I only know a handful of artists, and I am not at all diversified. I can assure you topics in this nature really widen my horizon on music and allow me to explore. It is because of a blog such as this one that inspires me to think, to learn and to query…thank you for that.

    [Thank you very much, Veronica. – FEd]

  73. [As I have read Andrew’s idea for Black Sabbath covers I was surprised but as more I think about it as more I like this idea. – Irene]

    LOL, I like the idea of DG doing Sabbath.

  74. Some Dylan songs that I think would be great are:

    Positively 4th Street; there is a great version by Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders.

    Goin’ to Acapulco; there is a great version by Jim James on the movie “I’m Not There”.

    Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right; great version on the Live At Budokan album.

    Girl From the North Country; I think this would be a great song for Dave.

    Desolation Row; Great version on the Unplugged album. Dave on Steel Guitar, who could ask for more?

    All I know is I want to be there when he pulls this off. These are two of my favorite artists of all time and two of the greatest artists of all time.

    Good Luck Mr. Gilmour.

    Savannah, Ga USA

  75. Interesting poll on Dylan. I thought I was in the minority around these parts. Don’t get me wrong, I like some of his stuff, but I certainly wouldn’t call myself a fan. Once again, here on this lovely blog, I find myself not feeling alone in the world . . .

    Life’s been crazy. I wish I could spend time here more often, I miss chats. Still lurkering around though . . . .

    Have a great weekend!


  76. Hi,

    Dylan song’s for Gilmour covers:

    1. I’m Not There
    2. Goin’ to Acapulco
    3. Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues
    4. Masters of War

    Saludos from Uruguay!

  77. Man in Long Black Coat, although that sounds like a very personal one, but is melodically amazing. With bendy slidey acoustics in intro, mystical colorful singing of David, followed by bendy vibry blends of David scales.

  78. Hey FEd, I’m rather surprised by the number of people who say they don’t like Dylan. I would never have guessed the results of the poll would be so close. I wonder if it’s his vocals that they don’t like, as opposed to his lyrics?

    I have the book ‘Bob Dylan, Lyrics 1962-2001’ and never get tired of reading it. Do you have the book? If not, you must add it to your Christmas wish list … you’d not be disappointed!


    [As previously mentioned, maybe the results would be different if the wording was different. However, you can imagine the reactions: Do you like Bob Dylan? I don’t know, I don’t know him. Do you like the music of Bob Dylan? Not really, the sound of the harmonica goes right through me, but I quite like the lyrics. Do you like the songs of Bob Dylan? Only when covered by other artists. – FEd]

  79. Bob Dylan cover?

    The Man in the Long Black Coat & One More Cup of Coffee…

    [The latter with Kate Bush, perhaps? That’d be good. – FEd]

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