I had a name but they took it from me I was the man that I wanted to be I had a place where I lay my head They burnt it to the ground and the sky turned red I had a life and a place in the world I had a sweet talkin' wife and a beautiful girl I know I'm never gonna see 'em again Gonna tear the world up until I have my revenge They took my life but it isn't the end They put me in the ground but I'm back from the dead Oh I'm the World Ender baby and I'm coming for you They put me in the ground but I'm back from the dead Oh I'm the World Ender baby and I'm coming for you They put me in the ground but I'm back from the dead You'll hear me howl by the light of the moon That's how you'll know that I'm coming for you Gonna find you alone in the dark of night When the World Ender comes better run for your life I'll never bleed and I won't ever age I'll never feel the embrace of the grave The fair and the brave and the good must die I seen the other side of living, I know heaven's a lie I'll tear through the night, and I'll raise some hell 'Cause I'm the World Ender, baby and I'm back from the dead Lord knows I should be pushing daisies I was 6 feet down, but something raised me up Sent back for to lift my curse I'm gonna get me a taste of some chaos first Untied, gonna get little wild Go screaming through the dark like a demon child Close your eyes now, the light is fading And the noise in the night is gonna get a little louder, baby I'm the World Ender, baby, and I'm back from the grave They can run for their lives but they cannot be saved I'm the World Ender, baby, and I'm coming for them They put me in the ground but I'm back from the dead I'm the World Ender, baby, and I'm back from the grave They can run for their lives but they cannot be saved I'm the World Ender, baby, and I'm coming for them They put me in the ground but I'm back from the dead I'm the World Ender, baby, and I'm back from the grave They can run for their lives but they cannot be saved I'm the World Ender, baby, and I'm coming for them They put me in the ground but I'm back from the dead
This is the entire tape recording of Bob Dylan and Ramblin' Jack's legendary impromptu performance at The Bitter End in New York City. The first seventeen minutes are the raw, unedited version of the tape in lossless quality. The version of "Abandoned Love," honestly one of my favorite Dylan songs and a breathtaking performance of it, has been remastered from the source tape.
Credit for that goes to Bennyboy. Then, at 16:51, you'll hear my remix of the tune, with added reverb and various altercations that make the audio sound richer.
Here's a very interesting account by Joe Kivak of the night it was recorded at The Other End (now The Bitter End), a little club in Greenwich Village:
"On a Thursday night in July 1975, I headed out to see Ramblin' Jack Elliott at The Bitter End in New York City. Because I wanted to learn his technique, I got there early enough to get a seat near the front so I could watch him play guitar. After the first set, a P.A. announcement told us we were welcome to stay for the second set if we honored the two-drink minimum. As the lights flashed on and I got up to leave, I glanced around the club and was stunned to see Bob Dylan seated toward the back with Jack, wearing the same striped tee shirt and leather jacket he had on in a photo with Patti Smith on the cover of the then-current Village Voice.
Naturally, I sat right back down. There was absolutely no way I was leaving at that point. Soon, others began to notice him, too, so Jack and Bob left their seats and went backstage. But when the engineer set up another microphone, we knew Bob was going to sit in. The electricity in the room was tangible as the club began filling up with more bodies. Finally, Jack came out and started his set. After a couple of songs, he began "With God on Our Side." After the first few lines, he turned his head toward the back of the stage and said, "Bob, you want to help me out on this?" The place went nuts as Dylan walked onstage. I can still see that shy look on his face as he nervously squinted out into the audience. He was so nervous, in fact, that he didn't notice that the capo on his guitar was crooked and buzzing badly.
Their first song was "Pretty Boy Floyd," with Bob singing harmony and his guitar buzzing right along. Then Jack started "How Long Blues." After the first verse, he looked at Bob in a way that seemed to ask him to sing a verse. Bob simply shook his head and mouthed something inaudible. When the song finished, however, Dylan began strumming his guitar. But since it was still buzzing, he asked Jack to trade instruments with him. At that moment, everyone in the room was in a trance; it's not every day one gets to hear an impromptu Bob Dylan performance in a tiny club. After a couple of lines, we realized he was performing a new song, with each line getting even better than the last. The song was "Abandoned Love," and it still is the most powerful performance I've ever heard.
Ramblin' Jack started strumming along in the beginning, but he soon realized the rarity of the moment and stopped and stepped to the side. As Bob sang, the nervousness so evident earlier vanished completely. He was so moving. There he was, hitting us with new material, with everyone hanging on his every word. It was an incredible feeling to be in that small club listening to Bob Dylan perform a new song. We all felt we were watching history in the making. After he finished, he returned to his seat near the back of the club and quietly watched the rest of the show. Jack appeared so speechless and overwhelmed by Dylan's performance that he started his next song with Bob's buzzing guitar.
Later, as we began filing out into the night onto Bleecker Street, we could see Bobby Dylan through the outside windows, leaning over his table and deep in conversation with someone, the candle in front of him highlighting his face. It's a moment I'll never forget."
Well, then can I roam beside you? I have come to lose the smog, And I feel myself a cog in somethin' turning
Well, I came upon a child of God He was walking along the road And I asked him, Tell me, where are you going This he told me Said, I'm going down to Yasgur's Farm Gonna join in a rock and roll band Got to get back to the land and set my soul free We are stardust, we are golden We are billion year old carbon And we got to get ourselves back to the garden Well, then can I roam beside you? I have come to lose the smog, And I feel myself a cog in somethin' turning And maybe it's the time of year Yes and maybe it's the time of man And I don't know who I am But life is for learning We are stardust, we are golden We are billion year old carbon And we got to get ourselves back to the garden We are stardust, we are golden We are billion year old carbon And we got to get ourselves back to the garden By the time we got to Woodstock We were half a million strong And everywhere was a song and a celebration And I dreamed I saw the bomber death planes Riding shotgun in the sky, Turning into butterflies Above our nation We are stardust, we are golden We are caught in the devils bargain And we got to get ourselves back to the garden
Hear the past a-calling From Armageddon's side When everyone's talking and no one is listening How can we decide?
All the brave soldiers that cannot get older Have been asking after you
Daylight again Following me to bed I think about a hundred years ago How my father's bled I think I see a valley Covered with bones in blue All the brave soldiers that cannot get older Have been asking after you Hear the past a-calling From Armageddon's side When everyone's talking and no one is listening How can we decide? Do we find the cost of freedom Buried in the ground? Mother Earth will swallow you Lay your body down
Every time I try to tell where you're goin' wrong You run and hide your head and call me crazy, All I tried to tell you was that you could get it on If you just wouldn't be so lazy. Oh, what can we do, oh I tried to tell you, everything is true. I'm tryin' to tell you I've tried everything I knew, ooh, to try and tell you The truth ... I wanna tell you the truth, baby, I wouldn't ever lie to you, I'm gonna tell you the truth now. Every time I try to point out the way you're goin' down You run and drown another jug of whiskey, And when I said you had to get together, try to love you brother, Did I hit you with too heavy of a mystery? Oh, what can we do, I believe in you, how can I tell you, everything is true. I tried to tell you, I tried everything I knew, ooh to try to tell you The truth ... I wanna tell you the truth, baby, tell you the truth, And no I'd never lie to you, ooh, to try to tell you the truth, baby, truth, I wouldn't never never never ... I watch you count the spaces passing by, Makes me want to cry, get the strangest kind of old lonely, As the oceans overlfow with people come and people go And still you're only make-believin', Baby, what can we do? I believe in you, how can I tell you, everything is true, And I tried to tell you the truth ..