Hear Bob Dylan perform “Every Grain of Sand” for the first time since 2013


Bob Dylan now has four shows in his theatrical tour of the United States, and each night has heavily focused on material from the 2020s. Rough and rowdy manners. But he also dug into his catalog of old favorites like “I’ll be your baby tonight”, “To Be Alone With You”, “When I paint my masterpiece” and “Watch the river flow”.

The first two shows ended with “Love Sick” and “It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry”, but Friday night in Cleveland, Ohio’s KeyBank State Theater, he ditched them both in favor of “Every Grain of Sand. It was his first time playing the song since 2013.

“Every Grain of Sand” was written towards the end of Dylan’s gospel period in the fall of 1980. It first appeared in 1981 Love stroke, but ten years later the original demo was released on The Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3 (Rare & Unpublished) 1961-1991. It featured background vocals from Jennifer Warnes and the occasional bark of one of Dylan’s dogs, and many fans believe it’s the final interpretation of the song. It became a live favorite and has been done 188 times. But it broke down after Dylan’s show on November 6, 2013 in Rome.

The Rough and Rowdy Ways tour continues Sunday night in Bloomington, Indiana and ends December 2 in Washington DC. Along the way, he performed three evenings at the Beacon Theater in New York and two evenings at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, New York. This gives him a lot of chances to come out with surprises. Our votes go for “me and me”, “Caribbean wind”, “the alliance woman” or “most of the time”. But as long as he keeps “Every Grain of Sand” in the mix, we’ll be happy.

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