Saturday, February 7, 2015

Corrina, Corrina

Bob misses a girl.
He has a bird that can sing.
That don't mean a thing.

People talk about the time when Bob Dylan "went electric," but he already was performing in the studio with plugged-in musicians in 1962, but, with the exception of the song "Mixed-Up Confusion," in a less raucous way. "Corrina, Corrina" was the only song on the 1963 album "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan" to feature an electric backing band. As for Corrina herself, she appears to have been bailing out on men since Thomas Edison turned electricity into a viable commodity. In the Wikipedia entry for the song, there is a reference to a 1918 version published as sheet music and recorded in the same year by Vernon Dalhart, called "Has Anybody Seen My Corrine?" Various versions of the song appeared since then, referring to Corrine, Corrina and Maggie. Country-and-western versions as well as the folk music craze brought the song into Dylan's orbit.

1. Where has Corrina been? Please come home, baby.
2. I have a bird that whistles and sings, but life is meaningless without Corrina.
3. I'm thinking about Corrina. When I do, I cry.

And that's a wrap.

Here's a solo acoustic outtake version from The 50th Anniversary Collection.

1 comment:

  1. Bob Dylan fans, a tasty tidbit from Robert. Had your reading snack then come inside Bob Dylan's Music Box,-Corrina and listen to all the great versions