Thursday, February 9, 2017

365 Days of Dylan, Day 39: Queen Jane Approximately

365 Days of Dylan, Day 39: Queen Jane Approximately from Highway 61 Revisted (1965).

Take 5, alternate take from The Bootleg Series Vol 12, The Cutting Edge Sampler.

I hear echos of this song in Gillian Welch's Miss Ohio. Complicated women living defiantly against the grain of expectations. Possibly one won't walk to the alter and the other walked away (or should?).
"Had your arm around her shoulder, a regimental soldier  / An' mamma starts pushing that wedding gown / Yeah you want to do right but not right now"
-- Miss Ohio

"When your mother sends back all your invitations / And your father to your sister he explains / That you’re tired of yourself and all of your creations / Won’t you come see me, Queen Jane?"
-- Queen  Jane Approximately
To bring it full circle, here's Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings cover Queen Jane Approximately.

Queen Jane Approximately was widely covered by the Grateful Dead and also performed by Dylan and the Dead.


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