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Down Along the Cove

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 Both the sound and lyrics of the last two songs on John Wesley Harding, Down Along the Cove and I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight, are quite different from what came before. With the Pete Drake on pedal steel guitar, this 12-bar blues has a decidedly country feel to it, definitely foreshadowing the next album, Nashville Skyline. According to most sources, Dylan plays piano on this track, although it’s almost inaudible. Harvey Kubernik, in an article in Goldmine, notes that the sound is similar to the early Sun records of Elvis Presley. Dylan would take that as a great compliment, I’m sure.

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 The lyrics are nothing special, just a little ditty about hanging out with his lover, his “little bundle of joy”. It’s certainly quite a departure from the ultra-serious, soul-searching lyrics of the other songs on the album. Perhaps Dylan just wanted to end the album on an uplifting note.

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 Dylan didn’t play the song live until 1999. The various live versions are full-out jam sessions, and also feature revised lyrics. Often Dylan mixes the original and the new lyrics. The live versions are wicked fun, worth a listen.

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 The first live performance.

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6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 A good one from 2003.

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8 Leave a comment on paragraph 8 0 A 2004 performance from Bonnaroo.

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10 Leave a comment on paragraph 10 0 A Johnny Jenkins/Duane Allman cover.

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14 Leave a comment on paragraph 14 0 Lyrics

15 Leave a comment on paragraph 15 0 Down along the cove
I spied my true love comin’ my way
Down along the cove
I spied my true love comin’ my way
I say, “Lord, have mercy, mama
It sure is good to see you comin’ today”

16 Leave a comment on paragraph 16 0 Down along the cove
I spied my little bundle of joy
Down along the cove
I spied my little bundle of joy
She said, “Lord, have mercy, honey
I’m so glad you’re my boy!”

17 Leave a comment on paragraph 17 0 Down along the cove
We walked together hand in hand
Down along the cove
We walked together hand in hand.
Ev’rybody watchin’ us go by
Knows we’re in love, yes, and they understand


18 Leave a comment on paragraph 18 0 Alternate Lyrics

19 Leave a comment on paragraph 19 0 Down Along The Cove
A Bunch of People They Was Milling Around
Down Along The Cove
A Bunch of People They Was Milling Around
I Said Lord Have Mercy Honey
Ain’t It A Shame They’ll Kick You When You’re Down

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I Feel As High As A Bird
Down Along The Cove
I Feel As High As A Bird
I Said A Lord Have Mercy Honey
Ain’t They The Sweetest Words You Ever Heard?

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I Seen The Jackson River Queen
Down Along The Cove
I Seen The Jackson River Queen
I Said A Lord Have Mercy Honey
Ain’t That The Greatest Boat You Ever Seen?

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You Can Lay Your Money Down
Down Along The Cove
You Can Lay Your Money Down
I Said A Lord Have Mercy Honey
Ain’t It A Shame They Always Pushin Me Around?

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I’ve Got My Suitcase In My Hand
Down Along The Cove
I’ve Got My Suitcase In My Hand
I Said A Lord Have Mercy Honey
Ain’t You Glad That I’m Your Man (In A Band)?

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