STANDING IN THE DOORWAY


THERE ARE THINGS I COULD SAY, BUT I DON'T. I KNOW THE MERCY OF GOD MUST BE NEAR.

STANDING IN THE DOORWAY



I'm walking through the summer nights

Jukebox playing low

Yesterday everything was going too fast

Today, it's moving too slow

I got no place left to turn

I got nothing left to burn

Don't know if I saw you, if I would kiss you or kill you

It probably wouldn't matter to you anyhow

You left me standing in the doorway, crying

I got nothing to go back to now

The light in this place is so bad

Making me sick in the head

All the laughter is just making me sad

The stars have turned cherry red

I'm strumming on my gay guitar

Smoking a cheap cigar

The ghost of our old love has not gone away

Don't look like it will anytime soon

You left me standing in the doorway crying

Under the midnight moon

Maybe they'll get me and maybe they won't

But not tonight and it won't be here

There are things I could say but I don't

I know the mercy of God must be near

I've been riding the midnight train

Got ice water in my veins

I would be crazy if I took you back

It would go up against every rule

You left me standing in the doorway, crying

Suffering like a fool

When the last rays of daylight go down

Buddy, you'll roll no more

I can hear the church bells ringing in the yard

I wonder who they're ringing for

I know I can't win

But my heart just won't give in

Last night I danced with a stranger

But she just reminded me you were the one

You left me standing in the doorway crying

In the dark land of the sun

I'll eat when I'm hungry, drink when I'm dry

And live my life on the square

And even if the flesh falls off of my face

I know someone will be there to care

It always means so much

Even the softest touch

I see nothing to be gained by any explanation

There are no words that need to be said

You left me standing in the doorway crying

Blues wrapped around my head




I know someone will be there to care.



PERFORMANCES



2000.06.15, PORTLAND, OREGON

2000.06.27, LAS VEGAS, NEVADA

2000.09.19, NEWCASTLE, ENGLAND

2000.06.27, HAMBURG, GERMANY

2000.10.01, MÜNSTER, GERMANY

2000.10.02, BRUSSELS, BELGIUM

2000.10.03, PARIS, FRANCE

2000.10.05, LONDON, ENGLAND

2000.10.06, LONDON, ENGLAND

2000.11.05, ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

2000.11.06, PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA

2000.11.10, BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS

2001.03.06, OSAKA, JAPAN

2001.03.18, PERTH, AUSTRALIA

2001.03.23, TAMWORTH, AUSTRALIA

2001.03.25, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

2001.03.30, BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA

2001.04.18, BOULDER, COLORADO

2001.04.21, TOPEKA, KANSAS

2001.04.28, CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

2001.05.01, ASHVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA

2001.05.02, DALTON, GEORGIA

2001.06.24, TRONDHEIM, NORWAY

2001.08.23, SUN CITY WEST, ARIZONA

2001.10.12, SAN JOSÉ, CALIFORNIA

2002.04.09, HAMBURG, GERMANY

2002.04.24, NÜRNBERG, GERMANY

2002.05.08, NEWCASTLE, ENGLAND

2002.08.02, WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS

2002.08.21, OMAHA , NEBRASKA

2002.08.28, CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA

2003.04.18, DALLAS , TEXAS

2003.04.19, AUSTIN , TEXAS

2003.04.20, AUSTIN , TEXAS

2003.04.22, HOUSTON , TEXAS

2003.04.29, NASHVILLE , TENNESSEE

2003.05.09, ATLANTIC CITY , NEW JERSEY

2003.05.18, LITTLE ROCK , ARKANSAS

2003.07.15, JACKSON, WYOMING

2003.07.27, COSTA MESA, CALIFORNIA

2004.03.20, TORONTO, CANADA

2004.03.29, UPPER DARBY, PENNSYLVANIA

2004.04.03, WASHINGTON, D.C

2004.04.12, ATLANTA, GEORGIA

2004.07.02, PADOVA, ITALY

2004.07.05, ST. ETIENNE, FRANCE

2004.08.20, JACKSON, TENNESSEE

2004.10.22, SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA

2004.10.29, IOWA CITY, IOWA

2004.11.13, ROCHESTER, NEW YORK

2004.11.20, AMHERST, MASSACHUSETTS

2005.03.11, PORTLAND, OREGON

2005.03.25, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

2005.04.08, MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN

2005.04.25, NEW YORK, NEW YORK

2005.06.21, NORWICH, CONNECTICUT

2005.11.13, ZÜRICH, SWITZERLAND





"STANDING IN THE DOORWAY" had to wait until June 2000 before it appeared on stage, twice that month. Three months later my wife and I had the honor to witness the first European performance of this beautiful song, in Newcastle upon Tyne. This magnificent "STANDING IN THE DOORWAY" truly was a brilliant one. It had been another of his first-time-in-Europe performances, which by itself was worth the price of admission. Superb phrasing! It was the eighth (!) song from "Time Out Of Mind" we had seen in five consecutive shows. This time Bob conveyed his conviction, that even when the flesh falls off of his face, someone will be there to care. Must be his Lord and Savior, who touched him so many times with his nail scarred hand and who will lead him beyond this burning sand. Six more times Bob performed "STANDING IN THE DOORWAY" in Europe in the fall of 2000, and three times in the US in November.

In 2001 it was performed once in Japan, four times in Australia, five times in the US in Spring, but only once in Europe, during the first show in Norway. Two months later, in August, "STANDING IN THE DOORWAY" appeared in Arizona; and in October it was performed in California.

The first performance of this gem in 2002 was in April in Hamburg, where he played it already in September 2000; the second performance was in Nürnberg, fifteen days later. The finest peak of the Newcastle show a few weeks after that, which my wife and I once more had the pleasure to attend, was another superb version of "STANDING IN THE DOORWAY". It was a bit surprising to hear it again in Newcastle upon Tyne, as Bob had performed it on that very stage before in September 2000, which had been the first appearance of this gem in Europe. And again, this song "by itself was worth the price of admission". The guitar playing by Bob on this song was really beautiful.

The next performance of "STANDING IN THE DOORWAY" was during the first show of the North American tour in August 2002. A few weeks later it appeared again, in Omaha, and another week after that it was performed in Calgary.

The first performance of "STANDING IN THE DOORWAY" in 2003 was on the first US show on Good Friday in Dallas, where Bob performed this song on piano and electic guitar. On the next two days, in Austin, "STANDING IN THE DOORWAY" appeared again, at both shows, also with Bob on piano. Next it was performed in Houston, and one week after that in Nashville.

In May, ten days later, "STANDING IN THE DOORWAY" appeared in Atlantic City; and another nine days after that in Little Rock. In July "STANDING IN THE DOORWAY" was performed in Jackson, Wyoming, and in Costa Mesa, California.

The first appearance of "STANDING IN THE DOORWAY" in 2004 was in March in Toronto; and the second one was nine days later in Upper Darby. Five days after that a most sublime version was performed by Bob in Washington, and another nine days later "STANDING IN THE DOORWAY" appeared in Atlanta.

Almost three months later, outside of Padova, in July 2004, "STANDING IN THE DOORWAY" had its first European appearance after more than two years, during a show which also included "I BELIEVE IN YOU" and "FOREVER YOUNG". Only three days after that, in St. Etienne, "STANDING IN THE DOORWAY" was performed in the same show as "EVERY GRAIN OF SAND".

In August 2004, in Jackson, Tennessee, "STANDING IN THE DOORWAY" appeared in the same set as "SAVING GRACE". In October 2004, during the fall tour, "STANDING IN THE DOORWAY" was performed in San Diego and in Iowa City. In November "STANDING IN THE DOORWAY" appeared in Rochester, in the same show as "DIGNITY" and "PO' BOY".

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

The first appearance of "STANDING IN THE DOORWAY" in 2005 was in March, in Portland, Oregon. Two weeks later, in Los Angeles, on Good Friday, "STANDING IN THE DOORWAY" was performed in a concert which had started with "CAT'S IN THE WELL", and which also included "SEÑOR", "SHOOTING STAR", and "EVERY GRAIN OF SAND".

Another two weeks later, in Milwaukee, "STANDING IN THE DOORWAY" was performed in the same show as "CAT'S IN THE WELL" and "MISSISSIPPI". The next appearance of "STANDING IN THE DOORWAY" was a few weeks after that, during the first of five shows in New York.

During the May to July stadium tour of 2005, "STANDING IN THE DOORWAY" appeared only once, during the show in Norwich, Connecticut, which also included one of nine performances of "SHOOTING STAR" as well as the only performance of "MISSISSIPPI" during this tour.

In the fall of 2005, Bob performed "STANDING IN THE DOORWAY" also only once, in Zürich, Switzerland, as part of one of the strongest sets of the tour, during his third of five Sunday concerts that fall, which also included "GOD KNOWS", "SEÑOR", and "EVERY GRAIN OF SAND".








Biblical references:


~ 1 Peter 5 ~


"God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.


~ Romans 9 ~

"I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion." So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy.