2. In the days of ’49 by Bob Dylan.
A song by Dylan just has to be here. I have a lot of favorite Dylan songs, such as; Every grain of sand, Angelica, Only a hobo, Visions of Johanna, John Wesley Harding, Lonesome death of Hattie Carroll, Like a rolling stone just to mention a few.
But my very best memories come from “In the days of ’49,” and I still listen to it with great pleasure.
Bob Dylan was born Robert Allen Zimmerman (Hebrew name שבתאי זיסל בן אברהם [Shabtai Zisl ben Avraham]) in St. Mary’s Hospital on May 24, 1941, in Duluth, Minnesota, and raised in Hibbing, Minnesota, on the Mesabi Iron Range west of Lake Superior. His paternal grandparents, Zigman and Anna Zimmerman, emigrated from Odessa in the Russian Empire (now Ukraine) to the United States following the anti-Semitic pogroms of 1905.
Days of ’49” came originally from “Old Put’s Golden Songster”, put together by Old Put himself in Gold Rush Days. He found that, while there was no money in the mines, there were plenty of miners willing to pay for any kind of music or entertainment, this being a scarce commodity. The real money in the gold fields was made by the grocers, dry good salesmen, saloon keepers, and, I guess, musicians. Put probably intended the song to be comic, but people have since found sad truth in it.
Recorded by Bob Dylan on Mar 4, 1970, Columbia Studios, Nashville, TN, released on “Self Portrait.” Transcribed by Manfred Helfert.
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