Bob Dylan Reveals More: New Interview, Plus Rare “Billy” Performance

Bob Dylan submitted himself to more questions than he let on when he posted a Q and A on his home page a little while ago. Dylan, who will release his latest album, Together Through Life, on April 27, just put up part 2 of his interview with Bill Flanagan, and it’s as strange and entertaining as the first.

Bob Dylan submitted himself to more questions than he let on when he posted a Q and A on his home page a little while ago. Dylan, who will release his latest album, Together Through Life, on April 27, just put up part 2 of his interview with Bill Flanagan, and it’s as strange and entertaining as the first.

Here’s an excerpt:

Tell me about Joey Gallo.
Tell you what about him?
You wrote a song about him. Some say it takes liberty with the truth.
Really? I wouldn’t know. Jacques Levy wrote the words. Jacques had a theatrical mind and he wrote a lot of plays. So the song might have been theater of the mind. I just sang it. Some say Davy Crockett takes a lot of liberties with the truth and Billy the Kid too – FDR in Trinidad. Have you ever heard that?
I certainly do remember it. “When Roosevelt came to the land of the hummingbird.” I wonder if anybody in Georgia or Ukraine wrote a song about George Bush’s visit? I know they named the airport road after him and his popularity in those places remained very high, even when no one liked him at home.
They name roads after a lot of people.
In MY WIFE’S HOME TOWN there’s the line, “Dreams never did work for me anyway.” Do you really believe that?
Well, yeah. Dreams can lead us up a blind alley. Everybody has dreams. We go to sleep and we dream. I’ve always thought of them as coming out of the subconscious. I guess you can interpret them. Dreams can tell us a lot about ourselves, if we can remember them. We can see what’s coming around the corner sometimes without actually going to the corner.

At the moment, the link isn’t working (everything is broken), but here’s the whole thing, archived by Dylan fansite Expecting Rain.

In other Dylan news, the hard-touring troubadour dipped deep into his catalog the other night in Sweden, pulling out “Billy” from 1973’s Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid at an intimate club show. The number of times he’s performed it live before? Would you believe never?

Set list and video below:

 

1. Most Likely You Go Your Way

2. Señor

3. I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight

4. Stuck Inside Of Mobile

5. Tryin’ To Get To Heaven

6. Things Have Changed

7. Watching The River Flow

8. Blind Willie McTell

9. I Don’t Believe You

10. I Believe In You

11. Honest With Me

12. Billy

13. Summer Days

14. All Along The Watchtower

15. Cry A While

16. Like A Rolling Stone

17. Forever Young

 

(Bob Dylan – “Billy”)