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Gonna Change My Way of Thinking (Bob Dylan)
Little House on Unaka ^ | October 5, 2009 | don-o

Posted on 10/05/2009 3:08:53 AM PDT by don-o

Bob Dylan began a live concert tour in Seattle last night and the first song he Played was "Gonna Change My Way of Thinking"

Gonna change my way of thinking,
Make myself a different set of rules.
Gonna change my way of thinking,
Make myself a different set of rules.
Gonna put my good foot forward,
And stop being influenced by fools.

So much oppression,
Can't keep track of it no more.
So much oppression,
Can't keep track of it no more.
Sons becoming husbands to their mothers,
And old men turning young daughters into whores.

Stripes on your shoulders,
Stripes on your back and on your hands.
Stripes on your shoulders,
Stripes on your back and on your hands.
Swords piercing your side,
Blood and water flowing through the land.

Well don't know which one is worse,
Doing your own thing or just being cool.
Well don't know which one is worse,
Doing your own thing or just being cool.
You remember only about the brass ring,
You forget all about the golden rule.

You can mislead a man,
You can take ahold of his heart with your eyes.
You can mislead a man,
You can take ahold of his heart with your eyes.
But there's only one authority,
And that's the authority on high.

I got a God-fearing woman,
One I can easily afford.
I got a God-fearing woman,
One I can easily afford.
She can do the Georgia crawl,
She can walk in the spirit of the Lord.

Jesus said, "Be ready,
For you know not the hour in which I come."
Jesus said, "Be ready,
For you know not the hour in which I come."
He said, "He who is not for Me is against Me,"
Just so you know where He's coming from.

There's a kingdom called Heaven,
A place where there is no pain of birth.
There's a kingdom called Heaven,
A place where there is no pain of birth.
Well the Lord created it, mister,
About the same time He made the earth.

Copyright ©1979 Special Rider Music


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From "Slow Train Coming," the first of his explicitly Christian albums. It is reported this was the first live performance of this song in 30 years.

(Second song was "Shooting Star.)

1 posted on 10/05/2009 3:08:53 AM PDT by don-o
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To: scott says; Merciful_Friend

the list - ping please


2 posted on 10/05/2009 3:10:15 AM PDT by don-o (My son, Ben - Marine Lance Corporal is OM for Iraq.)
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To: don-o

Thank you for sharing this with us. I did not know Bob Dylan was a Christian.


3 posted on 10/05/2009 3:18:14 AM PDT by Jemian (For the first time in my life I'm proud of the IOC.)
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To: Dr. Eckleburg

When you wake up!


4 posted on 10/05/2009 3:25:49 AM PDT by blue-duncan
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To: Jemian

I think he waffles back and forth being a true believer and a not so true believer. Depends on “the times, they are a changin’”


5 posted on 10/05/2009 3:26:07 AM PDT by marvlus
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To: Recovering_Democrat; Clara Lou; Skooz; Kenny Bunkport; rhombus; Liberty Valance; MeanWestTexan; ...

FRom an old Dylan ping list - scott says has the offical one


6 posted on 10/05/2009 3:28:12 AM PDT by don-o (My son, Ben - Marine Lance Corporal is OM for Iraq.)
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To: marvlus
I think he waffles back and forth

And I am sure you will provide evidence for that statement.

7 posted on 10/05/2009 3:29:27 AM PDT by don-o (My son, Ben - Marine Lance Corporal is OM for Iraq.)
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To: don-o; All
It is reported this was the first live performance of this song in 30 years.

Bob must believe he hasn't had a good enough reason to perform it before now. Wow the lyrics are friggin right on the mark!

Any other info or reports on this concert? Last and only time i saw Dylan live he didn't talk to the audience at all. Not even hello. Maybe he just speaks thru his music. Would love to hear more about the concert.

8 posted on 10/05/2009 3:36:02 AM PDT by uncitizen
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To: don-o

9 posted on 10/05/2009 3:40:35 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: don-o

I love Dylan, though he seemed to have bought into the Hussein Kool-Aid.

Maybe he changed his way of thinking. :)


10 posted on 10/05/2009 3:46:57 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Recovering_Democrat
I love Dylan, though he seemed to have bought into the Hussein Kool-Aid.

I think I know why you may think that way. He was reported to have made one statement in one interview that alluded to "change" in relation to the new president. From that, all sorts of people jumped to all sorts of conclusions.

With Dylan, what you see (or think you see) is not always what you get. In his most recent book, he said his favorite politician was.....Barry Goldwater.

Go figure.

11 posted on 10/05/2009 3:57:14 AM PDT by don-o (My son, Ben - Marine Lance Corporal is OM for Iraq.)
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To: Jemian
"I did not know Bob Dylan was a Christian."

I knew about his "Christian phase" but not sure if he really is one (I guess, like everyone else, it is striclty between them and God - I know that I'M saved, not sure about anybody else, though).
"Slow Train Coming" was a great album - I stll listen to it - ranks up there with "Nashville Skyline" and "desire".

12 posted on 10/05/2009 4:08:55 AM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: don-o

yeah, i won’t throw Bobby overboard for that one supposed statement.

He is a good guy...


13 posted on 10/05/2009 4:12:42 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: don-o

I really loved those albums as well as his harmonica on at least one of Keith Green’s songs.


14 posted on 10/05/2009 4:17:44 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: uncitizen
Any other info or reports on this concert?

Several sites will have current info. Most complete site I know of is www.expectingrain.com.

15 posted on 10/05/2009 4:20:51 AM PDT by don-o (My son, Ben - Marine Lance Corporal is OM for Iraq.)
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To: don-o

Thank you sir!


16 posted on 10/05/2009 4:22:20 AM PDT by uncitizen
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To: don-o; Lil'freeper

Lil and I saw Dylan in July (with Mellencamp and Willie Nelson). My question would be....how could you tell that he was singing that song?

Often we didn’t recognize a song until we could pick out a few words in his mumbling ejaculations like hearing the words “rolling stone” and figuring he must be singing “Like a Rolling Stone”..even though you’d never know it by listening to the arrangement.

I love Bob, but wow.


17 posted on 10/05/2009 4:23:47 AM PDT by big'ol_freeper ("Anyone pushing Romney must love socialism...Piss on Romney and his enablers!!" ~ Jim Robinson)
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To: big'ol_freeper

It ain’t easy. I grant you that.


18 posted on 10/05/2009 4:24:33 AM PDT by don-o (My son, Ben - Marine Lance Corporal is OM for Iraq.)
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To: don-o

I should add though....his band is awesome. While I was not sure what they were playing...they played it about as well as any band that I’ve seen.


19 posted on 10/05/2009 4:26:20 AM PDT by big'ol_freeper ("Anyone pushing Romney must love socialism...Piss on Romney and his enablers!!" ~ Jim Robinson)
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To: don-o

Looks like he played
It’s Not Dark Yet at the same show...

Shadows are fallin’ and I’ve been here all day
It’s too hot to sleep and time is runnin’ away
Feel like my soul has turned into steel
I’ve still got the scars that the sun didn’t heal
There’s not even room enough to be anywhere
It’s not dark yet but it’s gettin’ there.

Well, my sense of humanity has gone down the drain
Behind every beautiful thing there’s been some kind of pain
She wrote me a letter and she wrote it so kind
She put down in writin’ what was in her mind
I just don’t see why I should even care
It’s not dark yet but it’s gettin’ there.

Well, I’ve been to London and I been to gay Paris
I’ve followed the river and I got to the sea
I’ve been down on the bottom of the world full of lies
I ain’t lookin’ for nothin’ in anyone’s eyes
Sometimes my burden is more than I can bear
It’s not dark yet but it’s gettin’ there.

I was born here and I’ll die here against my will
I know it looks like I’m movin’ but I’m standin’ still
Every nerve in my body is so naked and numb
I can’t even remember what it was I came here to get away from
Don’t even hear the murmur of a prayer
It’s not dark yet but it’s gettin’ there.


20 posted on 10/05/2009 5:10:29 AM PDT by RobFromGa (The FairTax is to tax policy as Global Warming is to science.)
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To: Jemian

Been one since about 1978, I believe.


21 posted on 10/05/2009 5:29:08 AM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant

Thanks. It isn’t the first time that a tidbit of news hasn’t made it to my conciousness.


22 posted on 10/05/2009 5:30:09 AM PDT by Jemian (For the first time in my life I'm proud of the IOC.)
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To: don-o

Concert Review: Bob Dylan And His Band At The Moore Theatre, Seattle WA, 10/04/09

Bob Dylan’s fall American tour doesn’t officially get underway until this Monday at Seattle’s WAMU Theatre. But for a few Seattle fans lucky enough to get tickets, Christmas came a day early as Dylan and his band performed an intimate warm-up show at the 1,300-seat Moore Theatre on Sunday night, October 4.

As someone who has seen Dylan live numerous times over the years, I can tell you from experience that his shows can be hit or miss affairs — sometimes wildly so. The last time I saw him play with his current band, for example — back in 2006 at Seattle’s much larger Key Arena — the show felt rushed, and Dylan only played one song, “Thunder On The Mountain,” from his then current (and still brilliant) album, Modern Times.

Tonight however was a completely different story. Playing in the much more intimate confines of the Moore Theatre, Dylan was about as loose as I think I’ve ever seen him. Rather than stay behind his keyboard as he has on recent tours, Dylan prowled the stage, singing several songs without playing any accompanying instrument other than his mic.

He was also uncharacteristically animated, waving his arms about as he sang, and giving cues to the rest of the band by pointing his fingers at them. Dressed from head to toe in black, this was a much showier Dylan than you’d normally expect. On several songs, he also played his signature harmonica, which made for a nice touch on songs like “Shooting Star,” “Ballad Of A Thin Man,” and “Not Dark Yet.”

Speaking of the band, they sounded simply amazing playing in such an acoustically perfect venue as the Moore. Returning lead guitarist Charlie Sexton, in particular, was a house of fire — he literally tore the joint down on rockers like “Highway 61 Revisited” and “Thunder On The Mountain.”

Bassist Tony Garnier and drummer George Recile made for a rock-solid rhythm section, although Garnier seemed to be having some sound problems during the early going (which were eventually ironed out). Rounding out Dylan’s band were second guitarist Stu Kimball and multi-instrumentalist Donnie Herron (banjo, electric mandolin, pedal steel, lap steel, trumpet).

Dylan himself was in great form, reinventing his songs as he so often does in his concerts, but this time doing so more through his vocal inflections than with the actual arrangements.

On a stunning version of “Nettie Moore” from Modern Times, for example, Dylan’s voice went from a deep, low register to a high-pitched wail. He bit off the lyrics with rapid fire delivery, sometimes going from single to double phrases within a single line. The way Dylan emphasized the word “black” in particular — from the line, “The world has gone BLACK before my eyes” — gave this song a much darker feel than the recorded version. If there are any bootlegs out there of this, I would love to get my hands on one. It was a standout even on a night where there were so many of them.

Even such Dylan standards as “Ballad Of A Thin Man” and the warhorse that is “Like A Rolling Stone” took on new urgency as Dylan’s phrasing breathed new fire into them. When Dylan sang the familiar line, “Something is happening here, but you don’t know what it is, do you, Mr. Jones,” he once again double-phrased the lyrics, giving the song even more of an angry feel than the original. Anyone who says Dylan is a lousy singer obviously knows very little about vocal phrasing — an art Dylan has mastered like very few singers around, outside of maybe the likes of Sinatra himself.

Dylan also did something on this night that he hasn’t done in awhile — he picked up the guitar for a few songs. Although you could see he was clearly struggling with it somewhat (Dylan rarely plays guitar live anymore, reportedly due to an arthritis condition), he sounded just fine trading licks with Sexton on “Don’t Think Twice, Its Alright” and “High Water (For Charley Patton).”

Other highlights included a letter-perfect “Beyond Here Lies Nothin’” from this year’s Together Through Life album, and a fierce sounding “Gonna Change My Way Of Thinking,” a song from Dylan’s Born-again period which made for a very surprising choice to open the show.

Dylan and his band played for two solid hours — which is a little long by his usual standards, and seemed to have a great time for the duration. Dylan even smiled a few times.

Here is the complete setlist courtesy of Boblinks.com:

1. Gonna Change My Way Of Thinking
2. Shooting Star
3. Beyond Here Lies Nothin’
4. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right [Bob on guitar]
5. Lonesome Day Blues
6. I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met)
7. Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum
8. Not Dark Yet
9. High Water (For Charley Patton) [Bob on guitar]
10. When The Deal Goes Down
11. Highway 61 Revisited
12. Nettie Moore
13. Thunder On The Mountain
14. Ballad Of A Thin Man


23 posted on 10/05/2009 5:38:49 AM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: don-o; nuconvert; 185JHP; Dr. Eckleburg; TruthRespecter; fnord; Michael.SF.; pissant; ...




Dylan Ping

24 posted on 10/05/2009 5:40:06 AM PDT by scott says
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To: Jemian

I don’t believe for a moment that all of those “escaping communism” are actually doing that.


25 posted on 10/05/2009 5:40:18 AM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Jemian

Whoops, wrong reply to the wrong thread. sorry for the confusion. LOL


26 posted on 10/05/2009 5:41:19 AM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: RobFromGa

When people say Dylan is past his prime I always direct them to Not Dark Yet. I was around 16 when I first heard it, and it even made me reflect on my own mortality. Hell it still does.


27 posted on 10/05/2009 5:55:41 AM PDT by Mr. Blonde (You ever thought about being weird for a living?)
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To: scott says

Will be seeing the man tonight.


28 posted on 10/05/2009 5:57:35 AM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: uncitizen
I saw him in '07 and '08 and both times all he did was introduce the band. I'm debating on whether to seem him again this year, he is coming back through town later this month, but I already have two concerts on the docket as it is.

I remember seeing he used to introduce Love Sick by saying "this is a love song, the band loves to play it." It is kind of funny that he is all about the corny jokes like that on his radio show considering his considerable skill at words.

Love Sick
29 posted on 10/05/2009 5:58:59 AM PDT by Mr. Blonde (You ever thought about being weird for a living?)
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To: don-o

Review of new Dylan Christmas CD due out in Oct.

http://new.music.yahoo.com/programs/pepsi-music/blog/4005/previewing-bob-dylans-holiday-cd-a-very-zimmy-christmas/


30 posted on 10/05/2009 6:07:16 AM PDT by blueheron2 (Donate to Sarahpac)
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To: Mr. Blonde

I’d love to hear him on the radio. Does he tell stories about his interactions with the various musicians? What’s his style iow?


31 posted on 10/05/2009 6:09:14 AM PDT by uncitizen
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To: pissant

The review mentions “Like A Rolling Stone” yet it isn’t on the list of songs in the review.


32 posted on 10/05/2009 6:19:34 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nuconvert

I left off the encore, for some reason. Rolling Stone, followed by Jolene from his new album.


33 posted on 10/05/2009 6:21:01 AM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant

This is your review?
Sounds like a great show


34 posted on 10/05/2009 6:23:16 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nuconvert

No. Some dude on a blog.


35 posted on 10/05/2009 6:23:58 AM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Mr. Blonde

I’ve seen Dylan about 6 times live— only once was it truly a great concert. He is an awesome songwriter and his studio albums remain great (Modern Times is 5 star) but his nasally voice is almost impossible to follow live.

The last show I saw at Phillips Arena in Atlanta on Modern Times tour was destroyed by a sound system that was cranked to 11.

I’m going to see Springsteen at Giants Stadium on Thursday night (I know he is a socialist but I love the music and the atmosphere at SPringsteen concerts)...


36 posted on 10/05/2009 6:24:39 AM PDT by RobFromGa (Is Your Family Prepared for The Worst? see www.buggingin.com/blog)
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To: pissant

ah. Thanks


37 posted on 10/05/2009 6:25:10 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: don-o
Thanks for that. You know I love him.

= )

38 posted on 10/05/2009 6:44:01 AM PDT by AnnaZ (I keep 2 magnums in my desk.One's a gun and I keep it loaded.Other's a bottle and it keeps me loaded)
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To: blue-duncan
I'm up early today and your ping begins the day gloriously.

Maybe he's deciding to be a little less opaque. Hope he reveals a strong Christian faith in his next autobiography. Once someone has walked that road it seems tragic to think they'd turn back.

39 posted on 10/05/2009 7:24:49 AM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg ("I don't think they want my respect; I think they want my submission." - Flemming Rose)
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To: don-o
And I am sure you will provide evidence for that statement.

Here you go, from Wikipedia:

Growing up in Hibbing, Dylan and his parents were part of the area's small but close-knit Jewish community, and in May 1954 Dylan had his Bar Mitzvah.[269] However, for a period during the late 1970s and early 80s, Bob Dylan publicly converted to Christianity. From January to April 1979, Dylan participated in Bible study classes at the Vineyard School of Discipleship in Reseda, California. Pastor Kenn Gulliksen has recalled: "Larry Myers and Paul Emond went over to Bob’s house and ministered to him. He responded by saying, 'Yes he did in fact want Christ in his life.' And he prayed that day and received the Lord."[270][271] By 1984, Dylan was deliberately distancing himself from the "born-again" label. He told Kurt Loder of Rolling Stone magazine: "I've never said I'm born again. That's just a media term. I don't think I've been an agnostic. I've always thought there's a superior power, that this is not the real world and that there's a world to come."[272] In response to a question from Loder as to whether he belonged to any Church or synagogue, Dylan laughingly replied, "Not really. Uh, the Church of the Poison Mind."[272]

40 posted on 10/05/2009 7:41:30 AM PDT by marvlus
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To: don-o
He has a Christmas album coming out. He's going to donate the proceeds to help feed the poor. I'm unemployed at this moment, but I'll be buying and enjoying this record for the entire holiday season.

If I met Bob Dylan, I wouldn't know what to say. I think my emotions would get the better of me and I'd go on and on about what his music means to me. So I guess I would probably just shake his hand and say "thank you" instead.
41 posted on 10/05/2009 7:45:26 AM PDT by mysterio
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To: pissant
Will be seeing the man tonight.

I am envious. Let me know how the show turns out.
42 posted on 10/05/2009 7:47:06 AM PDT by mysterio
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To: mysterio

Will give a full review tomorrow. This will probably be my 10th time seeing him since 1980.


43 posted on 10/05/2009 7:55:00 AM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: mysterio

bttt


44 posted on 10/05/2009 7:57:25 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: pissant
Cool. Hope you have a great time.

As much as I like his music, I've never seen him live. I need to do something about that.

I just got his "Together through Life" album from Itunes, but they did not include the covers disc that came with the CD version.

That's what I get for not buying it on vinyl, lol.
45 posted on 10/05/2009 8:07:12 AM PDT by mysterio
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To: uncitizen
From the ones I have heard he sounds like I imagine 50's radio DJs were. Stories about the artists he is playing and like I said corny jokes.

Archive of the episodes of his show.

I haven't downloaded any from there. The Friends and Neighbors episode came with the deluxe edition of Together Through Life.
46 posted on 10/05/2009 8:13:54 AM PDT by Mr. Blonde (You ever thought about being weird for a living?)
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To: Mr. Mojo

you gonna be at the show this eve??


47 posted on 10/05/2009 8:15:47 AM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Mr. Blonde

Thanks so much Mr. B. This is gonna be fun.


48 posted on 10/05/2009 8:16:16 AM PDT by uncitizen
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To: don-o

Slow Train is excellent. That would have been a great concert to see.


49 posted on 10/05/2009 8:19:41 AM PDT by gathersnomoss (General George Patton had it right.)
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To: marvlus

Dylan is not defined by Wiki articles.

Nice try, though.


50 posted on 10/05/2009 8:30:16 AM PDT by don-o (My son, Ben - Marine Lance Corporal is OM for Iraq.)
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