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Bob Dylan — You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
Album: Blood On The Tracks
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Released: 1975
Length: 2:48
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I've seen love go by my door
It's never been this close before
Never been so easy or so slow
I been shootin' in the dark too long
When something's not right it's wrong
You're gonna make me lonesome when you go

Dragon clouds so high above
I've only known careless love
It always has hit me from below
But this time 'round it's more correct
Right on target so direct
You're gonna make me lonesome when you go

Purple clover, Queen Anne lace
Crimson hair across your face
You can make me cry but you don't know
Can't remember what I was thinking of
You might be spoiling me too much love
You're gonna make me lonesome when you go

Flowers on the hillside blooming crazy
Crickets talking back and forth in rhyme
Blue river running slow and lazy
I could stay with you forever and never realize the time

Situations have ended sad
Relationships have all been bad
Mine have been like Verlaine's and Rimbaud's
But there's no way I can compare
All them scenes to this affair,
You're gonna make me lonesome when you go

You're gonna make me wonder what I'm doing
Staying far behind without you
You're gonna make me wonder what I'm saying
You're gonna make me give myself a good talking to

I'll look for you in old Honolulu
San Francisco or Ashtabula
You're gonna have to leave me now I know
But I'll see you in the sky above
In the tall grass in the ones I love
You're gonna make me lonesome when you go
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INGENIOUS
The owners of the low scores for this track ought to emigrate. I hear Kamchatka is nice at this time of year. 
Simply great, timeless, the imagery, love it all.
 idiot_wind wrote:
Bob is one of the lonesome guys
Won't pick up his Nobel prize.

 
shoulda stopped at the first sentence you wrote. the other is irrelevant. and this song from the days before #metoo. sorry can't find the puke emoticon. that said, bob IS one of the lonesome guys. do you blame him?
{#Guitarist} {#Boohoo} {#Dancingbanana_2}
I sure don't mind being in a minority loving Dylan's voice!
His voice fits his lyrics. 
One of Dylan's greatest songs. No ambiguous, cryptic or silly rhymes. This is ingenious, insightful, straight up word play and story telling. 
Great song, always loved Shawn Colvin's cover of it too
 pvg44 wrote:
Bob recorded his Nobel Prize address on June 4, in case anyone missed it.  Amazing.

https://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/2016/dylan-lecture.html
 
Thanks for posting, pvg44.
Bob recorded his Nobel Prize address on June 4, in case anyone missed it.  Amazing.

https://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/2016/dylan-lecture.html
Love it. This song makes me feel romantic.
NIce transition between previous Dylan song and this one.
 idiot_wind wrote:
Hey  stalfnzo ,

This is a Dylan dance song. Do you feel like dancing?   

 
 
And here I was thinking that he'd been reading too much Dr. Seuss.
 
 
 
5/26/18: Dude, it's a Dylan set:
 
1. The Byrds "Mr. Tambourine Man"
2. Neko Case "Buckets of Rain"
3. This
 
 
 
Quite the poet this man called Bob.  Not much of a singer though his voice oft-times fits the lyrical quality of the song.  He and Tom Waits are, in this respect, cut from similar cloth.  While something of an acquired taste there is, still, something of a timeless quality to the writing (if not the singing).  His Nobel prize is well deserved.  {#Clap}  Something for other musician/song-writers to aspire to, eh?

Highlow
American Net'Zen
Bob is one of the lonesome guys
Won't pick up his Nobel prize.
Solid candidate for the best album since Mozart checked out.
Interesting stretch of tunes here; bunch of Bob's songs covered well, then this. Nice for a drizzly gray hint-of-fall kinda day. I saw Bob at Red Rocks in '86; he did not connect with the audience, but performed well. Friends who saw him in 2012 were quite disappointed...
But I'll see you in the sky above
In the tall grass in the ones I love
You're gonna make me lonesome when you go

 So good.
 westslope wrote:
Blood on the tracks and Desire were two of Bob's best albums/CDs.  

The song writing was as good as ever and the studio work was much more polished than earlier efforts.

 
Blood on the Tracks was done on the fly .He didn't like what he had recorded and had a deadline. Redid it all  in short time back home. Pretty great Minnesota musicians!


5 in a row from the minds of the two greatest poets in rock and roll history - apologies to Leanord Cohen
Neko Case — Buckets of Rain 
Bob Dylan — You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go


Dylan was one of the icons of the counter-culture yet managed to maintain a healthy scepticism and some distance with regards to the 'movement', his own work and his own personal life.

He is truly a great.   
Hey  stalfnzo ,

This is a Dylan dance song. Do you feel like dancing?   
 stalfnzo wrote:
I want to thank all of the RP listeners who have been encouraging me as I tried to develop a taste for Dylan. Unfortunately, I regret that their efforts remain in vain. In other words, I still don't get Bob.

 
Enlightment still awaits you.
PSD = Please Stop Duck whining 
Blood on the tracks and Desire were two of Bob's best albums/CDs.  

The song writing was as good as ever and the studio work was much more polished than earlier efforts.


If You See Her Say Hello  is the best song on this great LP but , seldom played.  
Hey...this is a Dylan dance song!
 kcar wrote:
The Byrds "Mr. Tambourine Man"  —> Neko Case "Buckets of Rain" —> Bob Dylan "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go"
 
Awesome!
RP just keeps getting better!  ; )
kcar wrote:
Given the number of Dylan songs that I've heard in the last half-hour, I add my prayers to this humble petition. 
Has Bob bought RP, or did he just barricade himself in the studio?  
 
 

On_The_Beach wrote:

{#Drunk} Aside from the Neko Case cover, there hasn't been another Dylan song in over 6 hours.
 
Yeah...well...Right Now this is the third Dylan song in a row. And yes, covers count. So my question stands:

The Byrds "Mr. Tambourine Man"  —> Neko Case "Buckets of Rain" —> Bob Dylan "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go" 

Hey MojoJojo, did the staring bear-clown ever eat that kid? Time's a wastin'!  
Thanks for this sweet trifecta of Bob (and friends). Feels like comin' home.
Blood On The Tracks....Best Dylan Album
 
one of those albums i would take with me to a desert island
 ScottN wrote:
Weakest song on this classic release.
 
I disagree. I quite like this song.
I'd say "Idiot Wind" is the weakest track (and it goes on too long).
Apologies to the RP member who borrowed the handle.
Otherwise, yes, an amazing album.
Weakest song on this classic release.
 MrsTom wrote:
15 seconds of harmonica and I'm hitting PSD
 
How do I PSD you, permanently.
15 seconds of harmonica and I'm hitting PSD
 bb_matt wrote:
As I grow older and as I hear more of Mr. Zimmerman's work - his 'back catalogue' as it were, the more convinced I am that the man is in fact the genius he's been reported as being.

What cements that fact, is that, as far as I know, he's never 'sold out'. Also, some of the interviews I've read/heard from this musical sage have been incredible. He really does come across as a down to earth, grounded, spiritual person of the first order.

Don't worship this man, just respect him - incredible talent, unbelievable journey. 

 
BRAVO!

(Cheers! clink!) 
 oldfart48 wrote:


no need for that , john and George wrote the best beatles stuff McC was the silly little bubblegummer

 
Please buy a clue oldfart.  If you think Georg wrote better beatles stuff than Paul, you need some help.
Amazing amazing album
 Lazarus wrote:

Everybody in my church loves this song, and this entire album...
 

 
{#Cheers} mine to
My worst fears, realised.*

*Yes, no zed (Z) you do the maths, full stop.
I want to thank all of the RP listeners who have been encouraging me as I tried to develop a taste for Dylan. Unfortunately, I regret that their efforts remain in vain. In other words, I still don't get Bob.
 idiot_wind wrote:
Sing it Bob. Sing it.

Best damn song writer  of the last 50 years. Sorry Paul Mc.



 

no need for that , john and George wrote the best beatles stuff McC was the silly little bubblegummer
As I grow older and as I hear more of Mr. Zimmerman's work - his 'back catalogue' as it were, the more convinced I am that the man is in fact the genius he's been reported as being.

What cements that fact, is that, as far as I know, he's never 'sold out'. Also, some of the interviews I've read/heard from this musical sage have been incredible. He really does come across as a down to earth, grounded, spiritual person of the first order.

Don't worship this man, just respect him - incredible talent, unbelievable journey. 
How Bill gets an appropriate amount of Dylan's geniuse on RP.  Two covers followed by a Bob redording.



Everybody in my church loves this song, and this entire album...
 
 martinc wrote:
My favourite Dylan album. 

 
Same here.
 martinc wrote:
My favourite Dylan album. 
 
agreed, which puts it high on my list for best album ever {#Angel}
 johnjconn wrote:
This will bring out the boo birds but,,,,

Love this version the best, but the Miley Cyrus version of this song is good.
I know it's Miley, but You Tube it, it's not bad. Watch the video of her in an empty apartment
 
No reason to boo that.  Girl has some soul in her voice, just hides it behind pop crap.  I've come to really appreciate her version of this song.
My favourite Dylan album. 
Dylan as a songwriter/poet: brilliant. Dylan covers: great. Dylan singing: mute. At least, with his 60s voice - his latest blues albums where his adenoids have gone and voice dropped by an octave are pretty damn good.
 ninamo wrote:
Is it just me, or does Bob Dylan sometimes start sounding like a parody of himself? {#Stupid}
 
Just about everyone does at some point(s), especially later in their careers.  At the time of this recording (37 years ago), I'm not sure he did.  I guess it depends on who you ask.  He probably relishes being a parody of himself.
Is it just me, or does Bob Dylan sometimes start sounding like a parody of himself? {#Stupid}
 TerryS wrote:
I preferred him when  he performed two dates with Bobby Vee, playing piano and providing handclaps.
 
Obscure, but funny.
A lot of Bob Dylan lately... I know he's great and important, but sometimes listening to his voice makes my ears hurt.
Sing it Bob. Sing it.

Best damn song writer  of the last 50 years. Sorry Paul Mc.


I preferred him when  he performed two dates with Bobby Vee, playing piano and providing handclaps.

Nope. Can't do it. I have tried and tried to listen to Dylan. Don't get it.


 randerse10 wrote:
Can't help but think that if Bob were just breaking into the music scene today, the music industry would insist on his vocals being run through autotune :D
 
Can't help but think that if Bob were just breaking into the music scene today, he would be totally ignored.
 kcar wrote:
Given the number of Dylan songs that I've heard in the last half-hour, I add my prayers to this humble petition. 
Has Bob bought RP, or did he just barricade himself in the studio? 
 
{#Drunk} Aside from the Neko Case cover, there hasn't been another Dylan song in over 6 hours.

 MojoJojo wrote:
He's just freaked out by the bear-clown staring at him while he sleeps. 

 
a_genuine_find wrote:
boy praying
 
 

Given the number of Dylan songs that I've heard in the last half-hour, I add my prayers to this humble petition. 

Has Bob bought RP, or did he just barricade himself in the studio?  

(And kid: staring bear-clowns are going to get you in the end, so just go to sleep.) 
chessie wrote:
Beautiful song from the Dylan album I admire most. One of the ten best albums ever made.
 

{#Yes}

Yep !
 chessie wrote:
Beautiful song from the Dylan album I admire most. One of the ten best albums ever made.
 

{#Yes}
Love it!!{#Hearteyes}
Terrific song from a terrific album.  Not my favorite but he definitely got his vision back after his Christian detour.
 WonderLizard wrote:

I'll accept at face value Steve Erlewine's AMG essay that Blood on the Tracks is about Dylan's divorce, especially this track. However, I'd always considered—and can't for the life of me remember where I heard/read this—that "Tangled up in Blue" was about his on-again/off-again involvement with Joan Baez, and the unsentimental, mayhaps acidic, "Diamonds and Rust" was her response. Both were issued in 1975.
 
Did the latter contain lines like "you're not nearly as deep as you think you are"?


He's just freaked out by the bear-clown staring at him while he sleeps. 

 
a_genuine_find wrote:
boy praying
 


 a_genuine_find wrote:
boy praying
 
I could think of plenty of uses for this rather amusing graphic. Plenty of songs for that matter - but this isn't one of them. To each his/her own I guess.

boy praying
Can't help but think that if Bob were just breaking into the music scene today, the music industry would insist on his vocals being run through autotune :D
 ThePoose wrote:
Bob's best album. Divorce brings out the worst + best in us all.
 
I'll accept at face value Steve Erlewine's AMG essay that Blood on the Tracks is about Dylan's divorce, especially this track. However, I'd always considered—and can't for the life of me remember where I heard/read this—that "Tangled up in Blue" was about his on-again/off-again involvement with Joan Baez, and the unsentimental, mayhaps acidic, "Diamonds and Rust" was her response. Both were issued in 1975.


Beautiful song from the Dylan album I admire most. One of the ten best albums ever made.
 Govi wrote:
Wow!  Madeleine Peyroux does this so differently, I forgot that this was Dylan's originally.  I love both versions!
 

Shawn Colvin also does a very nice cover of this song.  I just checked and it is in the RP library but the last play date Oct 07, 2000.  I could stand to hear it again.

Beautiful


*10* for the poetry
*10* for the music


Wonderful segue...Neko Case's cover of Buckets of Rain to Dylan's fantastic tune from the same album.  Great stuff.  And this song rates an 11.
This is the Bob I miss.  His shows are fun, and I really like some of his latest music, but this is the Dylan we've loved for so many years. 
 Paul_in_Australia wrote:
This is so exuberant, its hard to relate this to the context of the events in his personal life at this time. Unless it is not about Sara, but about one his other, err, relationships And the only song by his Bobness to reference a Sly Stallone film, Rambo TI know its not Rambo
 
Yo, Andrian, you wanna watch Rambo? Read Rimbaud? 
The lyrics + the delivery = solid 9. I have to reserve a 10 for some of his other songs that I like even better.  {#Cowboy}
Wow!  Madeleine Peyroux does this so differently, I forgot that this was Dylan's originally.  I love both versions!
sweet on vinyl

fantastic cd
PurplePrincess wrote:
An automatic 10..
A manual 7.
An automatic 10..
You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome!! Enough said- 10
The stinging poetic beauty of Blood On the Tracks... perfect for a late night.
Dull. I know this is a much admired album but for me, both his early songs and his more recent stuff are much better.
right on target, so direct!
ThePoose wrote:
Bob's best album. Divorce brings out the worst + best in us all.
:yes:
As a kid my mom was always playing Dylan, I found it so boring, then in my 20's all that changed...now he's a hero of mine...I'm still catching up with his music
ThePoose wrote:
Bob's best album.

I agree. So many to choose from but this is the one I go back to the most. This track, like most of the others from Blood on the Tracks, is incredible.

ThePoose wrote:
Bob's best album. Divorce brings out the worst + best in us all.
This is so exuberant, its hard to relate this to the context of the events in his personal life at this time. Unless it is not about Sara, but about one his other, err, relationships And the only song by his Bobness to reference a Sly Stallone film, Rambo TI know its not Rambo
This is one of my favorites from this album. Outstanding!!!
:bananajumprope: :sunny: Just made my day....Thank you Bill!
Bob\'s best album. Divorce brings out the worst + best in us all.
You\'re going to make me give myself a good talking-to.
Perfection. :clap: