DIGNITY





Searchin' high, searchin' low


DIGNITY



Fat man lookin' in a blade of steel

Thin man lookin' at his last meal

Hollow man lookin' in a cottonfield

For dignity

Wise man lookin' in a blade of grass

Young man lookin' in the shadows that pass

Poor man lookin' through painted glass

For dignity

Somebody got murdered on New Year's Eve

Somebody said dignity was the first to leave

I went into the city, went into the town

Went into the land of the midnight sun

Searchin' high, searchin' low

Searchin' everywhere I know

Askin' the cops wherever I go

Have you seen dignity?

Blind man breakin' out of a trance

Puts both his hands in the pockets of chance

Hopin' to find one circumstance

Of dignity

I went to the wedding of Mary-lou

She said "I don't want nobody see me talkin' to you"

Said she could get killed if she told me what she knew

About dignity

I went down where the vultures feed

I would've got deeper, but there wasn't any need

Heard the tongues of angels and the tongues of men

Wasn't any difference to me

Chilly wind sharp as a razor blade

House on fire, debts unpaid

Gonna stand at the window, gonna ask the maid

Have you seen dignity?

Drinkin' man listens to the voice he hears

In a crowded room full of covered up mirrors

Lookin' into the lost forgotten years

For dignity

Met Prince Phillip at the home of the blues

Said he'd give me information if his name wasn't used

He wanted money up front, said he was abused

By dignity

Footprints runnin' cross the silver sand

Steps goin' down into tattoo land

I met the sons of darkness and the sons of light

In the bordertowns of despair

Got no place to fade, got no coat

I'm on the rollin' river in a jerkin' boat

Tryin' to read a note somebody wrote

About dignity

Sick man lookin' for the doctor's cure

Lookin' at his hands for the lines that were

And into every masterpiece of literature

For dignity

Englishman stranded in the blackheart wind

Combin' his hair back, his future looks thin

Bites the bullet and he looks within

For dignity

Someone showed me a picture and I just laughed

Dignity never been photographed

I went into the red, went into the black

Into the valley of dry bone dreams

So many roads, so much at stake

So many dead ends, I'm at the edge of the lake

Sometimes I wonder what it's gonna take

To find dignity





Got no place to fade, got no coat.



PERFORMANCES


16/03/1995, BIELEFELD, GERMANY

19/03/1995, KERKRADE, HOLLAND

20/03/1995, UTRECHT, HOLLAND

22/03/1995, LILLE, FRANCE

23/03/1995, BRUXELLES, BELGIUM

24/03/1995, PARIS, FRANCE

26/03/1995, BRIGHTON, ENGLAND

27/03/1995, CARDIFF, WALES

29/03/1995, LONDON, ENGLAND

04/04/1995, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND

10/03/2000, ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA

11/03/2000, SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIFORNIA

12/03/2000, BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA

28/07/2000, CAMDEN, NEW JERSEY

29/07/2000, COLUMBIA, MARYLAND

22/09/2000, SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND

28/09/2000, HAMBURG, GERMANY

29/09/2000, FRANKFURT, GERMANY

01/10/2000, MUNSTER, GERMANY

30/03/2001, BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA

26/06/2001, BERGEN, NORWAY

01/07/2001, HELSINGBORG, SWEDEN

18/04/2003, DALLAS, TEXAS

20/04/2003, AUSTIN, TEXAS

22/04/2003, HOUSTON, TEXAS

25/04/2003, NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA

27/04/2003, TUNICA, MISSISSIPPI

29/04/2003, NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE

08/05/2003, PORTSMOUTH, VIRGINIA

09/05/2003, ATLANTIC CITY , NEW JERSEY

14/05/2003, ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA

13/07/2003, CASPER, WYOMING

16/07/2003, BIG SKY, MONTANA

17/07/2003, WEST VALLEY, UTAH

25/07/2003, KELSEYVILLE, CALIFORNIA

21/08/2003, GILFORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE

22/08/2003, SYRACUSE, NEW YORK

23/08/2003, NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO, CANADA

17/10/2003, HAMBURG, GERMANY

02/11/2003, MILAN, ITALY

08/03/2004, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

03/04/2004, WASHINGTON, D.C

04/11/2004, COLUMBUS, OHIO

06/11/2004, GRANTHAM, PENNSYLVANIA

11/11/2004, SAINT BONAVENTURE, NEW YORK

13/11/2004, ROCHESTER, NEW YORK

18/11/2004, DURHAM, NEW HAMPSHIRE

20/11/2004, AMHERST, MASSACHUSETTS

31/03/2009, HANNOVER, GERMANY

01/11/2012, GRAND PRAIRIE, TEXAS







"DIGNITY" was performed ten times during the brilliant spring 1995 tour. My wife and I had the pleasure to witness the second real live preformance ever (not including the "Unplugged" version), in Kerkrade, where "DIGNITY" preceded "GOD KNOWS".

After a five year rest "DIGNITY" appeared on another ten setlists in 2000. Again my wife and I got to see it, in Sheffield, two songs before the first performance of "NOT DARK YET" in England.

In 2001 Bob Dylan performed "DIGNITY" only three times, in Australia, Norway and Sweden. In 2002 it was not performed at all.

The next performance was not until Good Friday 2003, when "DIGNITY" appeared at a club show in Dallas, with Bob on harp and piano. Two days later in Austin, on Easter Sunday, "DIGNITY" appeared again in the same fashion, with Bob on harp and piano.

Another two days later, in Houston, Bob performed it without harp. The next appearance of "DIGNITY" was at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival; and then two days later in Tunica, Mississippi, where it directly preceded "SAVING GRACE". Another two days later it was performed in Nashville, Tennessee.

In May "DIGNITY" appeared in Portsmouth, Virginia, once more followed directly by "SAVING GRACE". On the next day "DIGNITY" was performed in Atlantic City. Five days later, in Asheville, North Carolina, "DIGNITY" was sandwiched between two other masterpieces of the eighties, "EVERY GRAIN OF SAND" and "BLIND WILLIE MCTELL".

Two months later, in Casper, Wyoming, "DIGNITY" was performed in the second show of the summer tour, in the same set as "I BELIEVE IN YOU". Three days later "DIGNITY" appeared in Big Sky, Montana; and the day after that in West Valley City, Utah. Next it was performed in Kelseyville, California, preceding "EVERY GRAIN OF SAND".

In August, almost four weeks later, "DIGNITY" appeared in a the same set as "SEŅOR" and "SAVING GRACE". One day after that both "SEŅOR" and "DIGNITY" were performed once more, in Syracuse, New York. And finally on the following day, during the last show of the tour, in Niagara Falls, Ontario, "DIGNITY" appeared in the same set as "SHOOTING STAR".

During the European tour in the fall of 2003 "DIGNITY" was performed in October in Hamburg, once more in the same set as "SEŅOR". In November "DIGNITY" appeared in Milan, again in the same set as the now not so rare anymore "EVERY GRAIN OF SAND".

The first performance of "DIGNITY" in 2004 was during the last of the four shows in Chicago, once more in the same set as "SHOOTING STAR". The next appearance of "DIGNITY" was a few weeks after that, in Washington, in the same show as the rare "RING THEM BELLS".

The third performance of "DIGNITY" in 2004 was in Columbus, Ohio, more that seven months later, two days after the US election, as the second song of a brilliant set which also included "EVERY GRAIN OF SAND", "BLIND WILLIE MCTELL", "TRYIN' TO GET TO HEAVEN", and the fourth ever performance of "PO' BOY". Already at the next concert, at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania, where Bob Dylan also chose to perform "SAVING GRACE", "DIGNITY" appeared again together with "PO' BOY".

Five days later, in Saint Bonaventure, New York, "DIGNITY" was performed in the same show as "FOREVER YOUNG"; and two days after that, in Rochester, New York, "DIGNITY" appeared together with "PO' BOY" and "STANDING IN THE DOORWAY". In Durham, New Hampshire, another five days later, "DIGNITY" was performed once more in the same concert as "FOREVER YOUNG".

Two days after that, in Amherst, Massachusetts, during the penultimate show of the year 2004, "DIGNITY" was performed in the same set as "PO' BOY", "EVERY GRAIN OF SAND", and "STANDING IN THE DOORWAY".

For almost four and a half years "DIGNITY" was not performed at all, when in March 2009 Dylan surprised a German audience in Hannover with a new arrangement of this gem during the encores [mp3 link below]. Three and a half years after that, in Texas, in November 2012, "DIGNITY" appeared again as a once off perfomance.









~ MP3 ~ DIGNITY ~ HANNOVER ~ MARCH 31, 2009 ~












Biblical references:


~ Ezekiel 37 ~


The hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones. And he led me around among them, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley, and behold, they were very dry. And he said to me, "Son of man, can these bones live?" And I answered, "O Lord God, you know." Then he said to me, "Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the Lord."


~ 1 Corinthians 13 ~

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.


~ Matthew 24 ~

Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.


~ John 12 ~

Jesus said to them, "The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light."















I met the sons of darkness and the sons of light