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Bob Dylan — Watching The River Flow
Album: Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II
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Released: 1971
Length: 3:34
Plays (last 30 days): 1
What's the matter with me
I don't have much to say
Daylight sneakin' through the window
And I'm still in this all-night cafe
Walkin' to and fro beneath the moon
Out to where the trucks are rollin' slow
To sit down on this bank of sand
And watch the river flow

Wish I was back in the city
Instead of this old bank of sand
With the sun beating down over the chimney tops
And the one I love so close at hand
If I had wings and I could fly
I know where I would go
But right now I'll just sit here so contentedly
And watch the river flow

People disagreeing on all just about everything, yeah
Makes you stop and all wonder why
Why only yesterday I saw somebody on the street
Who just couldn't help but cry
Oh, this ol' river keeps on rollin', though
No matter what gets in the way and which way the wind does blow
And as long as it does I'll just sit here
And watch the river flow

People disagreeing everywhere you look
Makes you wanna stop and read a book
Why only yesterday I saw somebody on the street
That was really shook
But this ol' river keeps on rollin', though
No matter what gets in the way and which way the wind does blow
And as long as it does I'll just sit here
And watch the river flow

Watch the river flow
Watchin' the river flow
Watchin' the river flow
But I'll sit down on this bank of sand
And watch the river flow
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fuck! always LOVED this one!
 bluematrix wrote:
Hats off to Bill once again. While I have lots of respect for Dylan, he's just not my cup of tea. But my finger slid back off the PSD button to listen to the whole thing! Perhaps it's the great backing band.
 
I have to agree.
right now i just sit here so contentedly :)
Really enjoyed hearing this, now.
 bluematrix wrote:
Hats off to Bill once again. While I have lots of respect for Dylan, he's just not my cup of tea. But my finger slid back off the PSD button to listen to the whole thing! Perhaps it's the great backing band.
 
Hats off for sure...and like you said, this tune (among a lot of his work) does have a fantastic backing band....and I'm gonna +1 this to 9....Long Live RP and BD!!
always love the rolly polly loose honky tonky bobby d
Hats off to Bill once again. While I have lots of respect for Dylan, he's just not my cup of tea. But my finger slid back off the PSD button to listen to the whole thing! Perhaps it's the great backing band.
One of his better tunes, fo sho.  Many times I've just sat there and watched the river flow.  (or creek, or traffic, or ants ... )
 Aud wrote:

does he ever truly stop touring?
 
No. 

Just like a rolling stone (or a river).
Hey Bob,

Get your butt back to the US for some tour dates. 

If you want to watch the river flow,  then book some shows along Highway 61, as it runs along the ole Mississippi. 
 idiot_wind wrote:
Dylan is touring again!!!

In Oct and Nov!!!

Doing venues in south and eastern states!

 
does he ever truly stop touring?
I love Joe Cocker's version also.  
Dylan is touring again!!!

In Oct and Nov!!!

Doing venues in south and eastern states!


 On_The_Beach wrote:
Happy 75th, Mr. Z!

 
It's hard to fathom that the leader of the counter-culture is now into his "4th Quarter".
YUM YUM      {#Sunny}
Happy 75th, Mr. Z!
 WonderLizard wrote:
So I'm thinking, that sure sounds like Leon Russell on piano. And who's playing the wicked slide? Turns out it is Russell with Jesse Ed Davis on guitar. Carl Radle on bass, Jim Keltner on drums.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watching_the_River_Flow

 
Once I figured out this was Bob—haven't heard this song in a long time—it struck me that he was channeling his inner Leon. 
Bobby sings the blues. Dig it. 
So I'm thinking, that sure sounds like Leon Russell on piano. And who's playing the wicked slide? Turns out it is Russell with Jesse Ed Davis on guitar. Carl Radle on bass, Jim Keltner on drums.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watching_the_River_Flow


love this Genuine evidence of Grade A kick-ass music!
I can only take Bob in small doses.  This song however is one that always grooves right along and he sings it like he actually cares about the lyrics.
The man is touring and playing HARD, HARD, HARD RnR.

It's freakin amazing.  

He actually does a good cover of this!

Is that Robbie R on electric guitar? 


So good to hear this after so long...It makes me want to hear Love and Theft, another tasty batch of Bob snarling tunes along these vibes...

Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches be dancing buck ass naked all over the world like bowlegged gypsy muleskinners...  love this song...  love sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll...
This is the Bob I worshiped for so many years!
This album was a flipper back in that day.
This gets better with time, or at least my opinion has.
Wow Ms. Gatorade, you like David Bromberg!
Bluesy Tuesday, this Dylan is great 

Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...
 


This song is soooo good for the ears!  Thank you!

Bob Dylan has a new album out called Tempest...  for details about it, look here...



Outstanding! Still has me dancing all these years later.
Endless combinations available for Bill to go from a Bob cover to a Bob tune.  Loving this one.
I know many will disagree, but this is one of my favorite Dylan tunes! It's the Bluesy aspect, I think.
 
RP is not working so well tonight. Dylan sounds like he was singing in a reverb canyon somewhere.  C ya tomorrow, RP, this can't be heard 2 nite. 
 
Great song!!
I think I like this one more than most of his that he sings himself because he sounds less like himself vocally.