December 2 – 1978 Bob Dylan – Mr Tambourine Man, and Changing Of The Guards – Nashville, Tennessee

December 2 - 1978 Bob Dylan


Sixteen years
Sixteen banners united over the field
Where the good shepherd grieves
Desperate men, desperate women divided
Spreading their wings ’neath the falling leaves

Fortune calls
I stepped forth from the shadows, to the marketplace
Merchants and thieves, hungry for power, my last deal gone down
She’s smelling sweet like the meadows where she was born
On midsummer’s eve, near the tower

The cold-blooded moon
The captain waits above the celebration
Sending his thoughts to a beloved maid
Whose ebony face is beyond communication
The captain is down but still believing that his love will be repaid

They shaved her head
She was torn between Jupiter and Apollo
A messenger arrived with a black nightingale
I seen her on the stairs and I couldn’t help but follow
Follow her down past the fountain where they lifted her veil

I stumbled to my feet
I rode past destruction in the ditches
With the stitches still mending ’neath a heart-shaped tattoo
Renegade priests and treacherous young witches
Were handing out the flowers that I’d given to you

The palace of mirrors
Where dog soldiers are reflected
The endless road and the wailing of chimes
The empty rooms where her memory is protected
Where the angels’ voices whisper to the souls of previous times

She wakes him up
Forty-eight hours later, the sun is breaking
Near broken chains, mountain laurel and rolling rocks
She’s begging to know what measures he now will be taking
He’s pulling her down and she’s clutching on to his long golden locks

Gentlemen, he said
I don’t need your organization, I’ve shined your shoes
I’ve moved your mountains and marked your cards
But Eden is burning, either brace yourself for elimination
Or else your hearts must have the courage for the changing of the guards

Peace will come
With tranquillity and splendor on the wheels of fire
But will bring us no reward when her false idols fall
And cruel death surrenders with its pale ghost retreating
Between the King and the Queen of Swords


Set List

Municipal Auditorium Nashville, Tennessee 2 December 1978

1. My Back Pages 2. She’s Love Crazy (Tampa Red) 3. Mr. Tambourine Man 4. Shelter From The Storm 5. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue 6. Tangled Up In Blue 7. Ballad Of A Thin Man 8. Maggie’s Farm 9. I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met) 10. Like A Rolling Stone 11. I Shall Be Released 12. Señor (Tales Of Yankee Power) 13. The Times They Are A-Changin’ 14. Rainy Day Women # 12 & 35 15. It Ain’t Me, Babe 16. Am I Your Stepchild? 17. One More Cup Of Coffee (Valley Below) 18. Blowin’ In The Wind 19. Girl From The North Country 20. We Better Talk This Over 21. Masters Of War 22. Just Like A Woman 23. To Ramona 24. All Along The Watchtower 25. All I Really Want To Do 26. It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) 27. Forever Young — 28. Changing Of The Guards 29. I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight


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