Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Happy Birthday - Dave DuBrow May 8th

Thursday May 8th is the Birthday of Dave DuBrow from Chicago.  Although he grew up in New Haven, Ct and now lives in the midwest Dave is a great enthusiast of New York Radio growing up listening to WABC and WNEW-FM.  He even uses a defunct radio station with its frequency WAPP1035 as his screen name.  I won't ask how old he is.  I gave some thought today over which Bob Dylan song I should dedicate to Dave.  It is My Back Pages that was originally recorded by Bob in 1964 on Another Side of Bob Dylan.  The Byrds did a terrific cover of it a few years later.

On October 16, 1992 there was a concert at Madison Square Garden to honor Dylan on his 30th anniversary in the music business.  One of the show stoppers was My Back Pages sung by Tom Petty, George Harrison Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, and Roger Mcguinn.  It can be downloaded below.

http://www.4shared.com/file/46811480/103f57d9/RARE_Tom_Petty-George_Harrison-Neil_Young-Eric_Clapton-Bob_Dylan-Roger_McGuinn_-_My_back_pages.html

My Back Pages

Crimson flames tied through my ears
Rollin' high and mighty traps
Pounced with fire on flaming roads
Using ideas as my maps
"We'll meet on edges, soon," said I
Proud 'neath heated brow.
Ah, but I was so much older then,
I'm younger than that now.


Half-wracked prejudice leaped forth
"Rip down all hate," I screamed
Lies that life is black and white
Spoke from my skull. I dreamed
Romantic facts of musketeers
Foundationed deep, somehow.
Ah, but I was so much older then,
I'm younger than that now.

Girls' faces formed the forward path
From phony jealousy
To memorizing politics
Of ancient history
Flung down by corpse evangelists
Unthought of, though, somehow.
Ah, but I was so much older then,
I'm younger than that now
.

A self-ordained professor's tongue
Too serious to fool
Spouted out that liberty
Is justequality in school
"Equality," I spoke the word
As if a wedding vow.
Ah, but I was so much older then,
I'm younger than that now.

In a soldier's stance, I aimed my hand
At the mongrel dogs who teach
Fearing not that I'd become my enemy
In the instant that I preach
My pathway led by confusion boats
Mutiny from stern to bow.
Ah, but I was so much older then,
I'm younger than that now
.

Yes, my guard stood hard when abstract threats
Too noble to neglect
Deceived me into thinking
I had something to protect
Good and bad, I define these terms
Quite clear, no doubt, somehow.
Ah, but I was so much older then,
I'm younger than that now
.

Copyright © 1964; renewed 1992 Special Rider Music


1 comment:

wapp1035 said...

Thank you, Bruce. A slight error, if I may. The first sentence in your memo reads March 8. As you know, the correct date is May 8.

Also, my last name is spelled: DuBrow.

Thank you for your kind wishes. It's very appreicated.

Dave DuBrow
http://journalfile.typepad.com/my_journalfile/

 
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