SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Now playing…

Friday, Mar 31, 2006

Bob Dylan’s “Hard Rain” live album.

I bought the record when I was 14 after seeing his concert TV special. I never knew who he was before that. The only Dylan I knew anything about was Marshal Dylan from “Gunsmoke.”

Mr. Stone, my math teacher, made us watch it. Mr. Stone was a Dylan freak. In retrospect, a large number of the faculty were hippies, even though we were in a very conservative area up in Northwest Illinois (Hanover). I was doing AV duty that semester and after Mr. Stone showed the Dylan show in class I watched it almost every day for the rest of the year.

I was mesmerized by this angry poet with that giant, truly rocking band. There must’ve been 15 members of the Rolling Thunder Revue, with one guy just wandering around onstage playing the tambourine. (Stone said that was the job he wanted.) Hard Rain was one of the best commercial live albums ever made, only surpassed by some of Dylan’s “bootleg” series releases in the past decade. It’s a must-have.

After ordering Hard Rain from the local Ben Franklin (it was the only way to buy music in those parts), I bought a greatest hits collection and I was hooked forever. But when I was replacing my albums with CDs I never bought Hard Rain. I have no idea why.

Anyway, I downloaded Hard Rain from I-Tunes the other day (the difference in the modes of purchase - ordering at a local store in 1976 and waiting two weeks to a month for delivery, compared to downloading it immediately from a home computer in 2006 - are kinda stunning) The album is bringing back a rush of memories. But most of those are private and I need to get back to work, so that’s it for now.

Someone’s got it in for me, they’re planting stories in the press
Whoever it is I wish they’d cut it out quick,
but when they will I can only guess.
They say I shot a man named Gray and took his wife to Italy,
She inherited a million bucks and when she died it came to me.
I can’t help it if I’m lucky.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 11:56 pm:

    Idiot wind, blowing like a circle around my skull,
    From the Grand Coulee Dam to the Capitol.
    Idiot wind, blowing every time you move your teeth,
    You’re an idiot, babe.
    It’s a wonder that you still know how to breathe.

  2. - Schiznitz - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 11:56 pm:

    With your funky 1970’s disco beard, I would have thought you more of a BeeGees fan.

    I can tell by the way you walk, you’re a woman’s man.

  3. - Rich Miller - Friday, Mar 31, 06 @ 12:15 am:

    Well, I try my best
    To be just like I am,
    But everybody wants you
    To be just like them.
    They sing while you slave and I just get bored.
    I ain’t gonna work on Maggie’s farm no more.

  4. - Schiznitz - Friday, Mar 31, 06 @ 12:38 am:

    Good heavens Rich. Are you having a moment? You are a dancin’ man.

    You’re a woman’s man, no time to talk.
    Music loud and women warm, You’ve been kicked around since you were born.
    And now it’s alright, it’s ok,
    And you may look the other way
    We can try to understand,
    The political effect on man

  5. - Rich Miller - Friday, Mar 31, 06 @ 12:40 am:

    It’s a restless hungry feeling
    That don’t mean no one no good,
    When ev’rything I’m a-sayin’
    You can say it just as good.
    You’re right from your side,
    I’m right from mine.
    We’re both just one too many mornings
    An’ a thousand miles behind.

  6. - Schiznitz - Friday, Mar 31, 06 @ 1:39 am:

    Whether you’re a brother or whether you’re a mother,
    You’re staying alive, staying alive.
    Feel the city breakin’ and everybody shaking,
    And we’re staying alive, staying alive
    Ah, ha, ha, ha, ha, staying alive, staying alive.
    Ah, ha, ha, ha, ha, staying alive

  7. - Rich Miller - Friday, Mar 31, 06 @ 1:45 am:

    People see me all the time,
    I guess they just can’t remember how to act
    Their minds are filled with false ideas, images and distorted facts.
    Even you, yesterday you had to ask me where it was at,
    I couldn’t believe after all these years, you didn’t know me better than that

  8. - Hanover native - Friday, Mar 31, 06 @ 3:22 am:

    Hey Rich, I bet you ordered that album from Mother, she worked at the Ben Franklin for over 20 years. I think Jack Stone is now retired, as are most of the other teachers from that era.

  9. - Rich Miller - Friday, Mar 31, 06 @ 3:25 am:

    LOL. Yeah, I did. She ran that place with an iron hand. I wonder where Stone is now. Send me an email and let’s catch up.

  10. - Hanover native - Friday, Mar 31, 06 @ 3:35 am:

    Rich, I think Jack Stone still lives in Prophetstown. I can’t believe that he drove that far everyday. I saw him a year or so ago and I thought he said he was retired, but he may have said he was going to be retiring. You did know that that Hanover & Elizabeth High School consolidated in 1985, now River Ridge?

  11. - James T Kirk - Friday, Mar 31, 06 @ 7:10 am:

    Dylan is cool, hey Rich can I come over I got a new bong.

  12. - Peter - Friday, Mar 31, 06 @ 8:30 am:

    Hard Rain is a great album, it also has a great version of One Too Many Mornings. As for Idiot Wind if you don’t have the version off of the Bootleg Series Rare and Unreleased you should check it out.

  13. - steve schnorf - Friday, Mar 31, 06 @ 10:07 am:

    This is all very interesting; I never listened to much Dylan. But since we are all quoting lyrics, one of my favorites is from “Pop-A-Top”, “a row of fools on a row of stools”.

  14. - anon - Friday, Mar 31, 06 @ 10:12 am:

    XRT was playing “Tangled Up In Blue” right when I was getting to the office this morning. Had to stay in the car until it was over. Then one of the first things I read this morning is this thread. That rush of memories I’m getting is coming a little to early in the day for my age. Need to keep those in check until at least happy hour. At least its Friday, maybe I can start earlier.

    Not to go too far off subject but if anyone gets into a Beatles mood check out this website.
    Subject: Juggling to the Beatles

    This is a truly amazing video clip…. don’t think you’ve seen it all until you see the ending…. the drum solo is awesome…. click on the link and enjoy.

    Click on this link:

    Watch the whole thing.

  15. - bardo - Friday, Mar 31, 06 @ 10:13 am:

    Well done, Rich.

    Idiot Wind is an outstanding Dylan tune. And I agree with Peter, the version on Bootleg Series is worth a listen.

    I think a weekly Dylan post on Friday is in order…

  16. - anon - Friday, Mar 31, 06 @ 10:19 am:

    Anybody who wants to play along with Rich check out this website for the words.

  17. - Elmer "Mr GOP" Hoffman - Friday, Mar 31, 06 @ 11:06 am:

    I don’t know how I never heard of this record, but after reading this I plan on getting it.

    Thanks Rich.

  18. - SenorAnon - Friday, Mar 31, 06 @ 12:49 pm:

    “They say I shot a man named Gray and took his wife to Italy,
    She inherited a million bucks and when she died it came to me.
    I can’t help it if I’m lucky.”

    So wait…you mean Hootie and the Blowfish didn’t write that line? ;)

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.

* Happy Thanksgiving!
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Five unanswered questions
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Question of the day
* Caption contest!
* Crossing the line
* Moody's warns Illinois
* The Credit Union Difference
* *** UPDATED x1 - Franks responds *** Uh-oh
* Then and now
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's blog posts

Visit our advertisers...







Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

* [Deal] Google Store discounts Nexus 5X, Huawei Watch, Chromecast bundle, & more
* Google Play lists Special Cyber Weekend Deals
* Sony Xperia C5 Ultra brings its dual 13MP cams to the US via Amazon
* [Deal] DigiCal celebrates Black Friday and Cyber Monday with 50% off discount
* US Android users can now gift Google Play credits through email
* No LG V10 for you, Canada!
* Surface and Sequence: Microsoft helps entrepreneur succeed

* Starting Pitcher Rankings: Chris Sale and Jose Quintana maintain st...
* Scouting profile: Adam Engel
* Alex Avila will try to shed limitations with White Sox
* White Sox program provides kids real chance
* Johnson solid candidate for White Sox rotation
* White Sox sign catcher Avila to one-year deal
* White Sox sign catcher Avila to one-year deal


Main Menu
Pundit rankings
Subscriber Content
Blagojevich Trial
Updated Posts

November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005


RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0


* Rauner faces challenges in move to block Syrian.....
* 'Welcome the stranger' - Champaign/Urbana News-.....
* Illinois Moratorium On Syrian Refugees Is Reque.....
* Governor faces challenges in move to block refu.....

* EXCHANGE: Highland art teachers exhibit works on campus
* Police make arrest in killing of Chicago 9-year-old boy
* Mascoutah burglary victim shot in 1st night at new home
* Closing of 2 Illinois harness racing tracks opposed
* Landfill cleanup to idle Rockford area sledding hill
* Hunters find body of missing southern Illinois woman
* EXCHANGE: Augustana digitizing Hauberg glass plate images
* Rauner faces challenges in move to block Syrian refugees
* Illinois high court takes Moline company's tax break appeal
* Boone County jail inmate charged with attacking guard

* Rauner faces challenges in move to block refugees
* Vendor Payment Program suspended due to budget impasse
* Rauner pardons man found innocent of 1999 attack
* Springfield jobless rate falls again, to 5.1 percent
* Springfield police chief sees problems with body cam law
* Lawsuit challenges Illinois ban on marijuana campaign money
* Number of Illinois inmates released on parole climbing
* Bryce Benton circulating petitions to challenge Sen. Sam McCann in GOP primary
* Executive Mansion roof repairs nearing completion
* Candidates begin filing petitions for March primary election

* Review: Sociale in the South Loop
* Her Barbie was a lawyer. Now she defends victims' rights
* Meet the guy making money off your food scraps
* Anger, pain and calls for change in response to police video
* United, Delta bet on long oil slump

* In wake of dashcam video, Emanuel must navigate political minefield
* White House under holiday lockdown after man jumps fence
* Trevor Daley turning the corner at both ends of the ice
* Rauner faces challenges in move to block Syrian refugees
* Brown: Simeon basketball players bring their A-game to court
* 16 reasons every Blackhawks fan should be thankful on Thanksgiving
* Blackhawks cool off Sharks; Kane extends point streak to 17
* Four more Laquan McDonald police dashcam videos released
* President Obama: ‘Disturbed’ by Laquan video, grateful for ‘peaceful’ protests
* Black leaders call for Supt. McCarthy to resign

* Man charged with killing of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee
* Pop Warner team scrambles to raise money for national championship
* 1 dead, 5 wounded in Chicago shootings
* Person shot in Elgin
* 4 arrested in 2nd night of Laquan McDonald shooting protests
* University of Illinois marching band performs in Macy's parade
* Laquan McDonald shooting protest groups plan Friday march
* Cops: Man tried to lure, kidnap 9-year-old girl in South Chicago
* Teen dead, 4 others wounded in city shootings
* Woman dies in Chesterton fire

* Rauner faces challenges in move to block refugees
* Vendor Payment Program suspended due to budget impasse
* Eugene Robinson: The GOP's political correctness dodge
* Douglas Holt: Woman's protest of Trump was misguided, inappropriate
* George Will: Muzzling pet advice another case of free speech erosion
* Bernard Schoenburg: Josh Langfelder took father's advice on election petition signatures
* Rauner pardons man found innocent of 1999 attack
* Springfield jobless rate falls again, to 5.1 percent
* Michael Gerson: The Trump effect, still 'understated'
* Catherine Rampell: For millennials, first comes love — then what?

* A wide-range of weather across the Heartland
* PODCAST: Steve Beckett 11-27
* The Fit List
* Mayor ready to pay for refugees?
* AD search has yet to begin
* Raising 'em right
* Delivering healthy doses of puppy love
* 'Welcome the stranger'
* Go figure, UI edition, Nov. 27, 2015
* Jim Dey: Oh, say, can you 'C'

* British foreign secretary meets Tunisian leader after attack
* Russian foreign minister says Moscow will suspend visa-free travel with Turkey
* The Latest: Russia to end visa-free travel deal with Turkey
* Police make arrest in killing of Chicago 9-year-old boy
* Art program gives Boston's homeless a place to create

* House lawmakers overcome hurdle on key tra...
* Rodney Davis talks funding with Bloomingto...
* The agency that fought Illiana gets a new ...
* Rep. Dold takes educational cruise down Ch...
* Lawmakers decry high turnover rate of VA h...
* CBD Oil, and politics
* Simon considering state Senate bid
* Killer Congressman Tom MacArthur trying to...
* Shutdown? State may not notice
* Rep. Bob Dold

* Letter: Sen. Durbin is right on refugee is......

* Opinion: Sen. Kirk must stand with crimina......

* Snow Money
* There's Snow Business
* Random Thoughts.
* ‘It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas,’ several weeks ago!!!
* Chicago Teachers Union. “If we strike, we do so to protect our children,” says Karen Jennings Lewis.
* Resign.
* Don't Let The Turkeys Get You Down
* “The Driver’s Side” – News From The Motorist’s Perspective
* IDOT Debuts Winter Weather Driving Tips Video
* Pot Dangerous? Mother's Testimony Says Yes [video]

* Emergency Management Officials, National Weather Service Encourage Winter Preparedness - November is Winter Weather Preparedness Month in Illinois
* Keep Your Family Safe This Winter - November through February are leading months for carbon monoxide related incidents
* Governor Takes Bill Action
* Illinois Department of Labor Director Hugo Chaviano Awards Governor’s Award for Contributions in Health and Safety to the Illinois Refining Division of Marathon Petroleum Company LP
* State Regulator Elected Treasurer of Interstate Medical Licensure Compact

    Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller