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Saturday, 23 April 2016

"GATES OF EDEN" Bob Dylan 5/7/1965," a "sacrilegious lullaby in D minor"" [Dylan] + LIVE with George Harrison WATCH - LYRICS

"Gates of Eden"
Single by Bob Dylan
from the album Bringing It All Back Home
A-side"Like a Rolling Stone"
ReleasedJuly 20, 1965
Format7" single
RecordedJanuary 15, 1965 at Columbia Recording Studios, New York City
GenreFolk
Length5:48
LabelColumbia
Producer(s)Tom Wilson
Bringing It All Back Home track listing


"Gates of Eden" is a song by Bob Dylan that appears on his fifth studio album Bringing It All Back Home, released on March 22, 1965 by Columbia Records. It was also released as a single as the B-side of "Like a Rolling Stone".[1] Dylan plays the song solo, accompanying himself on acoustic guitar and harmonica. It is one of his more surreal songs. In a 2005 Mojo
magazine poll of its writers and various well-known musicians, "Gates of Eden" was ranked 69th among Dylan's 100 greatest songs.[2] 

Lyrics and imagery[edit]

The song's dream imagery is reminiscent of William Blake's images in The Gates of Paradise and "The Keys of the Gates".[6][7] The abstract poetry inspires a nightmarish vision.[8] Each verse provides a separate description of a decaying society.[7] Although the song's title seems to provide hope of paradise, there is no paradise in the place this song describes. Rather, the imagery evokes corruption and decay.[7] Dylan's ominous delivery of the last line of each verse followed by a sour harmonica note emphasizes that this Eden cannot be reached. Oliver Trager interprets "Gates of Eden" as Dylan's declaration that "blind belief in a forgiving afterlife is the ultimate lie because it creates complacency in this one."[9] Music critic Robert Shelton has a similar interpretation, that "belief in life after death without worry or care is the ultimate myth because it takes us past the ugliness in life."[6] Carolyn Bliss has noted about the song that "Eden is inside. Any other paradise is a sham, and pursuit of it potentially deadly to the spirit."[6]
The lyrics describe others besides the narrator who are searching for truth in this false paradise.[9] But the experiences that the characters endure are rendered meaningless at the end of each verse by the inevitable specter of the Gates of Eden.[7] In the first verse, a cowboy angel riding on the clouds searches for the sun using a black wax candle.[9] In the second verse, the cry of babies longing for the silence of Eden is shrouded by the industrialized city and its metallic objects.[6][7] In the third verse, a savage soldier sticks his head in the sand like an ostrich and waits with a deaf hunter for the mythical ship to Eden.[6][9] In the fourth verse, Aladdin with his magic lamp and monks riding on the Golden Calf promise paradise, and listeners only laugh at the promise once they actually get to Eden.[6] The fifth verse describes Marxists philosophizing and waiting for kings to succeed each other, while their intended audience ignores them, knowing that there are no kings in Eden.[6]
In verse six, a motorcycle hipster torments his opposite, a midget businessman, as vultures look on.[6][9] Although both the hipster and the businessman are concerned with sin, there are no sins in death or in Eden.[6] The seventh verse tells us that Blakean "kingdoms of Experience" eventually rot, poor people battle each other over their meager possessions and the nobility just babbles on, but none of it matters in Eden.[6] In the eighth verse, people attempt to change their fates, but it is all futile once they get to Eden.[6] In the final verse, the narrator's lover tells him of her dreams, but the narrator realizes that his dream of death is the only truthful one, perhaps taking an example from the lover who tells rather than tries to interpret her dream:[6][7][9]

At dawn my lover comes to me
And tells me of her dreams
With no attempts to shovel the glimpse
Into the ditch of what each one means
At times I think there are no words
But these to tell what’s true
And there are no truths outside the Gates of Eden[10]
 
Dylan sang it with Neil Young on the 1992 album San Francisco Bay Blues.[11]
 
see more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gates_of_Eden_(song)
 
"Gates Of Eden"
Of war and peace the truth just twists
Its curfew gull it glides
Upon four-legged forest clouds
The cowboy angel rides
With his candle lit into the sun
Though its glow is waxed in black
All except when 'neath the trees of Eden.

The lamppost stands with folded arms
Its iron claws attached
To curbs 'neath holes where babies wail
Though it shadows metal badge
All and all can only fall
With a crashing but meaningless blow
No sound ever comes from the Gates of Eden.

The savage soldiers sticks his head in sand
And then complains
Unto the shoeless hunter who's gone deaf
But still remains
Upon the beach where hound dogs bay
At ships with tattooed sails
Heading for the Gates of Eden.

With a time-rusted compass blade
Aladdin and his lamp
Sits with Utopian hermit monks
Side saddle on the Golden Calf
And on their promises of paradise
You will not hear a laugh
All except inside the Gates of Eden.

Relationships of ownership
They whisper in the wings
To those condemned to act accordingly
And wait for succeeding kings
And I will try to harmonize with songs
The lonesome sparrow sings
There are no kings inside the Gates of Eden.

The motorcycle black Madonna
Two-wheeled gypsy queen
And her silver-studded phantom cause
The gray flannel dwarf to scream
As he weeps to wicked birds of prey
Who pick up on his bread crumb sins
And there are no sins inside the Gates of Eden.

The kingdoms of Experience
In the precious winds they rot
While paupers change possessions
Each one wishing for what the other has got
And the princess and the prince
Discuss what's real and what is not
It doesn't matter inside the Gates of Eden.

The foreign sun, it squints upon
A bed that is never mine
As friends and other strangers
From their fates try to resign
Leaving men wholly totally free
To do anything they wish to do but die
And there are no trials inside the Gates of Eden.

At dawn my lover comes to me
And tells me of her dreams
With no attempts to shovel the glimpse
Into the ditch of what each one means
At times I think there are no words
But these to tell what's true
And there are no truths outside the Gates of Eden.




Gates of Eden - Bob Dylan - (5/7/65) Bootleg

 

Live, with George Harrison [November 1973]



Bob Dylan and George Harrison "Gates of Eden"

Gates of Eden

Words and music Bob Dylan
Released on
Bringing It All Back Home (1965), and in a live version on Live 1964 (2004)
Tabbed by Eyolf Østrem



Chords:
G       320003 or 320033 (before Cadd9)
C/g     3x2013
Bm'     x04430
Bb'     xx3330  or x03330
Cadd9   x32033
The exact chord progression of the last two lines varies somewhat from verse to verse, but the version in verse 4 is the default for the rest of the song.

G

   G                 Dm
Of war and peace the truth just twists
    F      C       G         C/g  G
Its curfew gull it glides
  G              Dm
Upon four-legged forest clouds
    F      C     G        C/g  G
The cowboy angel rides
         G      Bm'   Am     G
With his candle lit into the sun
           G     Bm'        C          D
Though its glow is waxed in black
G                Bm'       Am       G       C/g
All except when 'neath the trees of Eden

The lamppost stands with folded arms
Its iron claws attached
To curbs 'neath holes where babies wail
Though it shadows metal badge
All and all can only fall
       Bm'          Am          C        D
With a crashing but meaningless blow
   G          Bb'            C        G
No sound ever comes from the Gates of Eden

The savage soldier sticks his head in sand
And then complains
Unto the shoeless hunter who's gone deaf
But still remains
Upon the beach where hound dogs bay
At ships with tattooed sails
G               Cadd9    G
Heading for the Gates of Eden

With a time-rusted compass blade
Aladdin and his lamp
Sits with Utopian hermit monks
Side saddle on the Golden Calf
And on their promises of paradise
    Am              C        D
You will not hear a laugh
G            Bb'      C        G
All except inside the Gates of Eden

Relationships of ownership
They whisper in the wings
To those condemned to act accordingly
And wait for succeeding kings
And I try to harmonize with songs
The lonesome sparrow sings
There are no kings inside the Gates of Eden

The motorcycle black madonna
Two-wheeled gypsy queen
And her silver-studded phantom cause
The gray flannel dwarf to scream
As he weeps to wicked birds of prey
Who pick up on his bread crumb sins
And there are no sins inside the Gates of Eden

The kingdoms of Experience
In the precious wind they rot
While paupers change possessions
Each one wishing for what the other has got
And the princess and the prince
Discuss what's real and what is not
It doesn't matter inside the Gates of Eden

The foreign sun, it squints upon
A bed that is never mine
As friends and other strangers
From their fates try to resign
Leaving men wholly, totally free
To do anything they wish to do but die
And there are no trials inside the Gates of Eden

At dawn my lover comes to me
And tells me of her dreams
With no attempts to shovel the glimpse
Into the ditch of what each one means
At times I think there are no words
But these to tell what's true
And there are no truths outside the Gates of Eden

Live version from the Halloween Show (Philharmonic Hall, Oct 31 1964)

G . Dm . . . F . C . G . . .

   G                 Dm
Of war and peace the truth it twists
    C      F         G         C/g  G
Its curfew gull just glides
  G              Dm
Upon four-legged forest clouds
    F            G        C/g  G
The cowboy angel rides
         G      Bm'   Am     G
With his candle lit into the sun
           Bm'     Am       C          D
Though its glow is waxed in black
G                Bb'       Am       G       C/g
All except when 'neath the trees of Eden
Occasionally the following figure (or some variation of it) is played between verses or lines, replacing the G - C/g - G turn (only the changes are noted, and the F must be played with the thumb in order for the little figure to be playable):
  G          F                           D
  |  .  .    |   .   .     |   .   .     |   .   .
|-3--------|-1-----------|-1-----------|-2-----------|-
|-0--------|-1-----------|-1-----------|-3-----------|-
|-0--------|-2-----0-2-0-|-2-----0-2-0-|-2-----------|-
|-0--------|-3-----------|-3-----------|-0-----------|-
|-2--------|-3-----------|-3-----------|-0-----------|-
|-3--------|-1-----------|-1-----------|-2-----------|-
And the D in the penultimate line is often played in the same manner:
  |   .   .     |   .   .     |   .   .     |
|-2-----0-2-0-|-2-----0-2-0-|-2-----0-2-0-|-2--
|-3-----3-3-3-|-3-----3-3-3-|-3-----3-3-3-|-3--
|-2-----0-2-0-|-2-----0-2-0-|-2-----0-2-0-|-2--
|-0-----------|-0-----------|-0-----------|-0--
|-------------|-------------|-------------|----
|-------------|-------------|-------------|----

Live version from 1988, various locations

Chords:
G        320033
Dmadd4/f xx3233
Cadd9    x32033
G6       xx5430
D'/f#    xx4030
C        x32010
   G                 Dmadd4/f
Of war and peace the truth just twists
    Cadd9            G
Its curfew gull just glides
  G              Dmadd4/f
Upon four-legged forest clouds
    Cadd9        G
The cowboy angel rides
         G      D'/f# C(/e)  G(/d)
With his candle lit into the sun
           C       /b       Am
Though its glow is waxed in black
G               Dmadd4/f   Cadd9    G
All except when 'neath the trees of Eden
 
source:  http://dylanchords.info/05_biabh/gates_of_eden.htm