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Today: Bob Dylan recorded “Wedding Song” in 1973

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I love you more than ever, more than time and more than love
I love you more than money and more than the stars above
Love you more than madness, more than waves upon the sea
Love you more than life itself, you mean that much to me

“Wedding Song” was recorded on November 9th in 1973. I Love “Planet Waves” & this is one of the best songs on the album.

You gave me babies one, two, three, what is more, you saved my life
Eye for eye and tooth for tooth, your love cuts like a knife
My thoughts of you don’t ever rest, they’d kill me if I lie
I’d sacrifice the world for you and watch my senses die

 

Facts – The 5th Planet Waves session:

Village Recorder - Santa Monica, California
9 November 1973

Session songs:

  1. Wedding Song
  2. Adalita
  3. Adalita
  4. Forever Young
Only no.1 was released.

Personnel: Bob Dylan (guitar, harmonica, vocal)

It is one of the key tracks, and probably the last song he wrote for the album.
The song is addressing Dylan’s forthcoming Tour, and he is trying to convince the woman (Sara probably) that it will be ok (no old & bad habits will surface..).

It’s never been my duty to remake the world at large
Nor is it my intention to sound a battle charge
’Cause I love you more than all of that with a love that doesn’t bend
And if there is eternity I’d love you there again

The performance is so strong that one can’t help but hope the guy in the song manages to win his bride over again. Yet that sense of being written in the moment, and a certain self-serving justification of his
own actions, makes its closest kin “Ballad in Plain D,” another song he wrote in haste and regretted at leisure.
~Clinton Heylin (Still On The Road)

“Wedding Song has a quick, easy flow to it, lyrically and melodically, and the contradictory message conveyed by both words and performance are fascinating. “When I was deep in the poverty you taught me how to give” is a fine tribute. But the next verse is a catalog of horrors: “eye for eye and tooth for tooth” is a phrase that always refers to a pattern of retaliatory punishment; “your love cuts like a knife” is odd praise, odder still because it’s sung without sarcasm or irony.  …. The last line of the verse is particularly scary, given its form as part of a pledge of love: “I’d sacrifice the world for you to watch my senses die.” …
~Paul Williams (Performing Artist 1)

Oh, can’t you see that you were born to stand by my side
And I was born to be with you, you were born to be my bride
You’re the other half of what I am, you’re the missing piece
And I love you more than ever with that love that doesn’t cease

You turn the tide on me each day and teach my eyes to see
Just bein’ next to you is a natural thing for me
And I could never let you go, no matter what goes on
‘Cause I love you more than ever now that the past is gone

 Other November 09:

  • Mary Allin Travers (November 9, 1936 – September 16, 2009) was an American singer-songwriter and member of the folk music groupPeter, Paul and Mary, along with Peter Yarrow and Noel (Paul) Stookey. Peter, Paul and Mary were one of the most successful folk-singing groups of the 1960s. Unlike most folk musicians who were a part of the early 1960s Greenwich Village music scene, Travers grew up in that New York City neighborhood.

-Egil

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4 Comments

  1. I sang this at my own wedding and sadly at my wife’s memorial service as well.

  2. Pingback: Bob Dylan: Planet Waves, released 40 years ago today | Johanna's Visions

  3. Bob Dylan wrote most incredible love songs in the history of music world. God bless him for that! I am not the one, probably, who is listening to them every day, and never get tired…

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