Bob Dylan’s Top 200 Song Countdown – #198 – Talkin’ Hava Negeilah Blues

Bob Dylan – the Bootleg Series Volumes 1 – 3 (rare and unreleased) 1962 – 1991

1991 – From Album “Bob Dylan – the Bootleg Series Volumes 1 – 3 (rare and unreleased) 1962 – 1991

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The Bootleg series has been a staple every few years for Bob Dylan as of late since the first release in 1991. The series has now had ten installments, spanning from his roots up until the very recent unreleased and live recordings. The first 3 combined installments spanned throughout about 30 years and ranged from alternate versions, to live recordings and unreleased demos. “Talkin’ Hava Negeilah Blues” is the latter.

Now although Dylan is known for writing some long and epic songs that stretch across several minutes to about sixteen or so, this bootlegged song from the early 1960’s stands at a very brief 52 seconds. The lyrics are simple, the melody is simple and it is not one of Dylan’s finest works. But for those who haven’t heard it, I can easily fit the lyrics in this little blurb.

Here’s a foreign song I learned in Utah

The delivery is great, making the listener confused off the bat, then gradually… well keeping them confused. For a songwriter known for writing great poetry, this song seems to taper off to his weird, extremely goofy side found in songs like “Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream” and “Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat”. Nothing wrong with that, especially when executed correctly, and this one is. Like “The Boxer”, its not a masterpiece by Dylan, more just trying to have some fun while he was recording “Freewheelin Bob Dylan.

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