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In My Time of Dyin’

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3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 Todd Harvey, in his book The Formative Bob Dylan, notes that this song pre-dates the 20th century.

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 Many writers have claimed that Dylan learned the song from a Josh White recording, although many other performers, including Blind Willie Johnson and Dylan favorite Charley Patton, also recorded it. Harvey says that he hears both Johnson and White’s styles in Dylan’s guitar playing.

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8 Leave a comment on paragraph 8 0 Given the dark subject matter, it’s not surprising that several hard rock groups have covered it, including The Animals, Led Zeppelin, and Metallica.

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11 Leave a comment on paragraph 11 0 In his Dylan biography, No Direction Home, Robert Shelton calls In My Time of Dyin’ the most compelling track on Dylan’s first record. I agree. His version is powerful and driven. His plaintive singing and rough guitar-playing grabs the listener’s attention and never lets it go. It’s power is even more remarkable considering that he was only twenty when he sang this song of decay and death.

12 Leave a comment on paragraph 12 0 Dylan has never played this song live. Too bad.

13 Leave a comment on paragraph 13 0 A  nice version by Blind Willie Johnson.

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17 Leave a comment on paragraph 17 0 Lyrics

18 Leave a comment on paragraph 18 0 Well, in my time of dying don’t want nobody to mourn
All I want for you to do is take my body home
Well, well, well, so I can die easy
Well, well, well
Well, well, well, so I can die easy
Jesus gonna make up, Jesus gonna make up
Jesus gonna make up my dying bed

19 Leave a comment on paragraph 19 0 Well, meet me Jesus, meet me, meet me
in the middle of the air
If these wings should fail to me
Lord, won’t you meet me with another pair
Well, well, well, so I can die easy
Well, well, well
Well, well, well, so I can die easy
Jesus gonna make up, Jesus gonna make up
Jesus gonna make up my dying bed

20 Leave a comment on paragraph 20 0 Lord, in my time of dying don’t want nobody to cry
All I want you to do is take me when I die
Well, well, well, so I can die easy
Well, well, well
Well, well, well, so I can die easy
Jesus gonna make up, Jesus gonna make up
Jesus gonna make up my dying bed

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