Oh Wolfgang, you’ve done it again: Knock, knock knockin’ on the Dragon’s Door with Bob & Neil
I’ve been savouring and saving this concert for the right moment to listen to it. Today, a beautiful and sunny Friday morning, is the right moment. I pulled this gig off of my beloved trove of live treasure that is Wolfgang’s Vault. Wolfgang’s Vault is the place to be if you weren’t actually there (somewhere a @Dopeburger is smiling).
The highlight of the set comes next, when the band plays together on Young’s classic ballad “Helpless.” On this number the loose circumstances actually work in the song’s favor and it sounds quite good with these musicians. As “Helpless” is coming to a close, the group continues playing, and the song flows very naturally into Dylan’s “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” – an inspired pairing. It’s a unique version lyrically as well, as Dylan improvises lyrics and changes the chorus to “Knockin On The Dragon’s Door,” a change that’s significance is open to speculation.
Something, something, something, nightHey, that’s the girl dancin’ on the shoreSomething, something to the neon lightsFeel like scratching at the dragon’s doorKnock, knock knockin’ on the Dragon’s door (repeat)
Straight thru headin’ to the sunAll in front of the tangled treesWe’re off in infatuationTake me across your bended kneesKnock, knock knockin’ on the Dragon’s door (repeat)