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- Posted on Oct 2nd 2007 2:00PM by Robert Levon Been
'Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll,' Bob Dylan
From 1964's 'The Times They Are A-Changin''
I think I heard 'Lonesome Death' for the first time in [the Dylan documentary] 'Don't Look Back.' It came near the end of the film and was a really haunting performance. I was always really intimidated when trying to cover a Dylan song -- for the obvious reasons. The song itself is devestating, written almost verbatim from an old newspaper article [about the killing of 51-year-old barmaid Hattie Carroll], but it reads like poetry. The weight of truth that the song carries is the most beautiful part.
Hear the song after the jump.Robert Levon Been is the singer for San Francisco rockers Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. The band's latest album, 'Baby 81,' is in stores now.
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