Thursday, August 20, 2015


A big flood arrives.
People must flee Tupelo
Because it's submerged.

One of the stranger treats you could give yourself in life is listening to Bob Dylan drawl his nasal way through "Tupelo," the old John Lee Hooker boogie blues song about a big Mississippi River flood. He can't bring any of Hooker's easy gravitas to the song, not having witnessed the flood himself, but there's something hokey and funny about it, and I think it sounds pretty good. Dylan and the Band recorded it during the Basement Tapes sessions of 1967, and it's available on volume 11 of the Bootleg Series. 

1 comment:

  1. Well hello Dylan fans, Robert's snippet is just as tasty as usual. Read enough then come inside Bob Dylan's Music Box and listen to the original now.