THE LEVEE'S GONNA BREAK



Some people still sleepin', some people are wide awake.


THE LEVEE'S GONNA BREAK





If it keep on rainin', the levee gonna break

If it keep on rainin', the levee gonna break

Everybody saying this is the day only the Lord could make

Well, I worked on the levee, mama, both night and day

I worked on the levee, mama, both night and day

I got to the river, and I threw my clothes away

I paid my time, and now I'm good as new

I've paid my time, and now I'm as good as new

They can't take me back unless I want 'em to

If it keep on rainin', the levee gonna break

If it keep on rainin', the levee gonna break

Some of these people gonna strip you of all they can take

I can't stop here, I ain't ready to unload

I can't stop here, I ain't ready to unload

Riches and salvation can be waiting behind the next bend in the road

I picked you up from the gutter and this is the thanks I get

I picked you up from the gutter and this is the thanks I get

You say you want me to quit ya, I told ya, 'No, not just yet'

Well, I look in your eyes, I see nobody other than me

I look in your eyes, I see nobody other than me

I see all that I am and all I hope to be

If it keep on rainin', the levee gonna break

If it keep on rainin', the levee gonna break

Some of these people don't know which road to take

When I'm with you, I forget I was ever blue

When I'm with you, I forget I was ever blue

Without you there's no meaning in anything I do

Some people on the road carryin' everything that they own

Some people on the road carryin' everything they own

Some people got barely enough skin to cover their bone

Put on your cat clothes, mama, put on your evening dress

Put on your cat clothes, mama, put on your evening dress

Few more years of hard work, then there'll be a thousand years of happiness

If it keep on rainin', the levee gonna break,

If it keep on rainin', the levee gonna break

I tried to get you to love me, but I won't repeat that mistake

If it keep on rainin', the levee gonna break

If it keep on rainin', the levee gonna break

Plenty of cheap stuff out there and still around that you take

I woke up this morning, butter and eggs in my bed

I woke up this morning, butter and eggs in my bed

I ain't got enough room to even raise my head

Come back, baby, say we nevermore will part

Come back, baby, say we nevermore will part

Don't be a stranger with no brain or heart

If it keep on rainin', the levee gonna break

If it keep on rainin', the levee gonna break

Some people still sleepin', some people are wide awake





PERFORMANCES



Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - November 18, 2006

New York City, New York - November 20, 2006

Glasgow, Scotland - April 11, 2007

Newcastle, England - April 12, 2007

Sheffield, England - April 14, 2007

London, England - April 15, 2007

London, England - April 16, 2007

Düsseldorf, Germany - April 19, 2007

Frankfurt, Germany - April 21, 2007

Paris, France - April 23, 2007

Geneva, Switzerland - April 25, 2007

Berlin, Germany - May 3, 2007

Florence, Massachusetts - June 26, 2007

Bethel, New York - June 30, 2007

Orillia, Ontario - July 8, 2007

Sterling Heights, Michigan - July 11, 2007

Toledo, Ohio - July 12, 2007

Cleveland, Ohio - July 14, 2007

Kansas City, Missouri - July 16, 2007

Morrison, Colorado - July 20, 2007

Telluride, Colorado - July 21, 2007

Paso Robles, California - July 27, 2007

Sydney, Australia - August 16, 2007

Melbourne, Australia - August 17, 2007

Adelaide, Australia - August 21, 2007

Perth, Australia - August 23, 2007

Auckland, New Zealand - August 26, 2007

Auckland, New Zealand - August 27, 2007

Austin, Texas - September 15, 2007

Austin, Texas - September 16, 2007

Nashville, Tennessee - September 19, 2007

Charlottesville, Virginia - September 27, 2007

Manchester, New Hampshire - October 5, 2007

Syracuse, New York - October 8, 2007

Ypsilanti, Michigan - October 12, 2007

Dayton, Ohio - October 16, 2007

Bloomington, Illinois - October 20, 2007

St. Louis, Missouri - October 22, 2007

Omaha, Nebraska - October 26, 2007

Chicago, Illinois - October 28, 2007

Dallas, Texas - February 23, 2008

Mexico City, Mexico - February 26, 2008

Monterrey, Mexico - February 29, 2008

São Paulo, Brazil - March 5, 2008

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - March 8, 2008

Buenos Aires, Argentina - March 15, 2008

Worcester, Massachusetts - May 16, 2008

Lewiston, Maine - May 17, 2008

Saint John, New Brunswick - May 19, 2008

Moncton, New Brunswick - May 20, 2008

Halifax, Nova Scotia - May 21, 2008

St. John's, Newfoundland - May 23, 2008

St. John's, Newfoundland - May 23, 2008

Reykjavik, Iceland - May 26, 2008

Odense, Denmark - May 28, 2008

Helsinki, Finland - June 1, 2008

St. Petersburg, Russia - June 3, 2008

Tallinn, Estonia - June 4, 2008

Vilnius, Lithuania - June 5, 2008

Warsaw, Poland - June 7, 2008

Vienna, Austria - June 10, 2008

Bergamo, Italy - June 16, 2008

Châtillon, Italy - June 18, 2008

Toulouse, France - June 20, 2008

Zaragoza, Spain - June 23, 2008

Pamplona, Spain - June 24, 2008

Vigo, Spain - June 27, 2008

Hoyos del Espino, Spain - June 281, 2008

Cuenca, Spain - July 1, 2008

Jaén, Andalucia, Spain - July 5, 2008

Jérez de la Frontera, Spain - July 8, 2008

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - August 8, 2008

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - August 9, 2008

Brooklyn, New York - August 12, 2008

Elizabeth, Indiana - August 23, 2008

Tulsa, Oklahoma - August 27, 2008

Park City, Utah, - August 31, 2008

Temecula, California - September 4, 2008

San Diego, California - September 6, 2008

Santa Barbara, California - September 7, 2008

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - October 24, 2008

Calgary, Alberta, Canada - October 27, 2008

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada - October 29, 2008

Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada - November 1, 2008

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada - November 2, 2008

Kalamazoo, Michigan - November 8, 2008

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada - November 9, 2008

London, Ontario, Canada - November 11, 2008

Oshawa, Ontario, Canada - November 12, 2008

Kingston, Ontario, Canada - November 15, 2008

Montreal, Quebec, Canada - November 18, 2008

Oneonta, New York - November 19, 2008

New York City, New York - November 21, 2008

Oslo, Norway - March 25, 2009

Jönköping, Sweden - March 27, 2009

Hannover, Germany - March 31, 2009

Berlin, Germany - April 1, 2009

Saarbrücken, Germany - April 5, 2009

Amsterdam, The Netherlands - April 11, 2009

Rome, Italy - April 17, 2009

Geneva, Switzerland - April 20, 2009

Sheffield, England - April 24, 2009

Liverpool, England - May 1, 2009

Glasgow, Scotland - May 2, 2009

Sauget, Illinois - July 2, 2009

Dayton, Ohio - July 10, 2009

Washington, Pennsylvania - July 13, 2009

New Britain, Connecticut - July 15, 2009

Bethel, New York - July 18, 2009

Pawtucket, Rhode Island - July 21, 2009

Aberdeen, Maryland - July 24, 2009

Norfolk, Virginia - July 25, 2009

Orange Beach, Alabama - July 31, 2009

Round Rock, Texas - August 4, 2009

Grand Prairie, Texas - August 7, 2009

Fresno, California - August 14, 2009

Stateline, Nevada - August 16, 2009

Magna, Utah - October 19, 2009

Chicago, Illinois - October 29, 2009

Bloomington, Indiana - November 2, 2009

Osaka, Japan - March 11, 2010

Osaka, Japan - March 12, 2010

Osaka, Japan - March 15, 2010

Nagoya, Japan - March 18, 2010

Nagoya, Japan - March 19, 2010

Tokyo, Japan - March 25, 2010

Tokyo, Japan - March 29, 2010

Seoul, South Korea - March 31, 2010

Bucharest, Romania - June 2, 2010

Linz, Austria - June 12, 2010

Padova, Italy - June 15, 2010

Lyon, France - June 20, 2010

Carcassonne, France - June 28, 2010

Boise, Idaho - August 15, 2010

Troutdale, Oregon - August 28, 2010

Post Falls, Idaho - September 1, 2010

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida - October 6, 2010

Birmingham, Alabama - October 13, 2010

St. Louis, Missouri - October 21, 2010

Madison, Wisconsin - October 25, 2010

Kalamazoo, Michigan - October 29, 2010

Indianapolis, Indiana - October 31, 2010

Highland Heights, Kentucky - November 3, 2010

Rochester, New York - November 6, 2010

Charlottesville, Virginia - November 10, 2010

West Long Branch, New Jersey - November 14, 2010

Binghamton , New York - November 17, 2010

New York City, New York - November 24, 2010

Atlantic City, New Jersey - November 26, 2010

Shanghai, China - April 8, 2011

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - April 10, 2011

Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong - April 13, 2011

Freemantle, Australia - April 17, 2011

Adelaide, Australia - April 19, 2011

Melbourne, Australia - April 21, 2011

Byron Bay, Australia - April 25, 2011

Darling Harbour, Australia - April 27, 2011

Cork, Ireland - June 16, 2011

Milano, Italy - June 22, 2011

Mainz, Germany - June 25, 2011

Santa Barbara, California - July 17, 2011

Tuscon, Arizona - July 19, 2011

Atlanta, Georgia - July 28, 2011

Memphis, Tennessee - July 30, 2011

Toledo, Ohio - August 3, 2011

Kettering, Ohio - August 5, 2011

Cleveland, Ohio - August 6, 2011

Wantagh, New York - August 13, 2011

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - August 17, 2011

Dublin, Ireland - October 6, 2011

Rotterdam, The Netherlands - October 20, 2011

Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg - October 21, 2011

Oberhausen, Germany - October 23, 2011

Leipzig, Germany - October 27, 2011

Hamburg, Germany - October 31, 2011

Herning, Denmark - November 2, 2011

Nürnberg, Germany - November 7, 2011

Padova, Italy - November 9, 2011

Florence, Italy - November 11, 2011

Milan, Italy - November 14, 2011

London, England - November 21, 2011

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - April 15, 2012

Sao Paulo, Brazil - April 21, 2012

Buenos Aires, Argentina - April 26, 2012

Buenos Aires, Argentina - April 27, 2012

Santiago, Chile - May 2, 2012

Guadalajara, Mexico - May 9, 2012

Berlin, Germany - July 2, 2012

Bad Mergentheim, Germany - July 6, 2012

Benicassim, Spain - July 13, 2012

Cap Roig, Spain - July 14, 2012

Barolo, Italy - July 16, 2012

Bayonne, France - July 20, 2012

Lethbridge, Alberta - August 11, 2012

Fort Wayne, Indiana - August 24, 2012

Salisbury, Maryland - August 30, 2012

Bethel, New York - September 2, 2012

Holyoke, Massachusetts - September 7, 2012

Regina, Saskatchewan - October 6, 2012

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - October 8, 2012

Berkeley, California - October 19, 2012

Los Angeles, California - October 26, 2012

Broomfield, Colorado - October 29, 2012

Omaha, Nebraska - November 3, 2012

Chicago, Illinois - November 9, 2012

Brooklyn, New York - November 21, 2012

Rome, Italy - November 6, 2013

Athens, Greece - June 23, 2014

Slupsk, Poland - July 5, 2014

Stavern, Norway - July 11, 2014

Kristiansand, Norway - July 12, 2014

Gothenburg, Sweden - July 15, 2014

Pori, Finland - July 17, 2014

Saint-Malô-du-Bois, France - July 13, 2015

Locarno, Switzerland - July 15, 2015

Lörrach, Germany - July 15, 2015








"THE LEVEE'S GONNA BREAK" was recorded early in 2006 for 'Modern Times', released in August of 2006. It was not performed until the penultimate show of 2006. The live debut of "THE LEVEE'S GONNA BREAK" in Philadelphia was the seventh song from 'Modern Times' performed on stage during the fall tour of 2006. It must have been the first time since 1979 that Dylan opened a show with a song he had only just recorded in the same year. Two days later, in New York City, "THE LEVEE'S GONNA BREAK" also opened the last show of the year.

During the fine European tour in the spring of 2007 "THE LEVEE'S GONNA BREAK" appeared in 10 of the 28 shows. Descriptions would not do justice to the energy of those European live performances of this gem, so I refer to the mp3 links below. Listen for yourself. During two of these European versions, in Düsseldorf and in Frankfurt, I had the pleasure to be a part of the audience.

During the North American summer tour of 2007 "THE LEVEE'S GONNA BREAK" was performed in ten of the 27 shows; and during the New Zealand and Australia tour in August 2007 "THE LEVEE'S GONNA BREAK" appeared in six of the 12 shows. During the USA fall tour of 2007 "THE LEVEE'S GONNA BREAK" was performed in 12 of the 30 shows.

In 2008 "THE LEVEE'S GONNA BREAK" was performed six times during the (mainly Latin American) tour in February and March; and then 25 times during the (mainly European) tour from May to July 2008, at first during all seven warmup shows in North America, and then during eighteen of the thirty European shows.

The last two of these European performances, in Jaén and in Jérez, I had the privilege to witness from the rail, and they were both smoking. Especially the last one in Jérez (which was followed by an awesome rendition of the third ever European appearance of "MISSISSIPPI") was as good as it gets. This song remains for me the most outstanding rock song by far in Bob Dylan’s current concert repertoire.

From August 2008 to November 2008 "THE LEVEE'S GONNA BREAK" was performed in 22 more shows in North America. In the spring of 2009 "THE LEVEE'S GONNA BREAK" appeared eleven times in Europe, and in the summer in the US another 13 times. During the fall tour of 2009 "THE LEVEE'S GONNA BREAK" was performed not until the twelfth show, and then ten days after that at the first of the three shows in Chicago. Once more it appeared during the first show in November, in Indiana.

The first eight performances of "THE LEVEE'S GONNA BREAK" in 2010 were in March, seven in Japan, and one in South Korea; and during the European tour of 2010 "THE LEVEE'S GONNA BREAK" appeared in five of the 25 shows. In the US "THE LEVEE'S GONNA BREAK" was performed three times in the summer, and thirteen times in the fall of 2010.

In April 2011 Dylan chose to perform "THE LEVEE'S GONNA BREAK" in China, in Vietnam, in Hong Kong, and five times in Australia. In June 2011 "THE LEVEE'S GONNA BREAK" appeared during a wonderful show here in Cork, and then in Milano and Mainz. In July and August 2011 it was performed nine times in the US; and in October and November of 2011 "THE LEVEE'S GONNA BREAK" appeared twelve more times in Europe, starting with an amazing version in Dublin, where I had the pleasure to be a part of the audience.

In April and May of 2012 Bob Dylan chose to perform "THE LEVEE'S GONNA BREAK" six times during his Latin America tour; and during his European summer tour of 2012 "THE LEVEE'S GONNA BREAK" appeared another six times, the second of which I had the pleasure to see for myself in the second row in Bad Mergentheim, with Dylan playing his new grand piano. During the North American summer tour of 2012 "THE LEVEE'S GONNA BREAK" appeared five times; and during the North American fall tour of 2012 "THE LEVEE'S GONNA BREAK" was performed another eight times.

The one and only appearance of "THE LEVEE'S GONNA BREAK" during the "static set list year" 2013 was during the first of the two "mix up" shows in Rome in November, in the middle of Dylan's fine European autumn tour. (for mp3 link see below)

The next six performances of "THE LEVEE'S GONNA BREAK" were in the summer of 2014, in Europe, during most of the open air festival sets of the tour. The next three appearances of "THE LEVEE'S GONNA BREAK" were not until one year later, during the last three shows of the European summer tour of 2015, the last of which I witnessed myself from the rail in Lörrach.






~ MP3 ~ THE LEVEE'S GONNA BREAK ~ PHILADELPHIA ~ NOVEMBER 18, 2006 ~


~ MP3 ~ THE LEVEE'S GONNA BREAK ~ NEW YORK ~ NOVEMBER 20, 2006 ~


~ MP3 ~ THE LEVEE'S GONNA BREAK ~ DÜSSELDORF ~ APRIL 19, 2007 ~


~ MP3 ~ THE LEVEE'S GONNA BREAK ~ FRANKFURT ~ APRIL 21, 2007 ~


~ MP3 ~ THE LEVEE'S GONNA BREAK ~ FLORENCE ~ JUNE 26, 2007 ~


~ MP3 ~ THE LEVEE'S GONNA BREAK ~ BETHEL ~ JUNE 30, 2007 ~


~ MP3 ~ THE LEVEE'S GONNA BREAK ~ SYDNEY ~ AUGUST 16, 2007 ~


~ MP3 ~ THE LEVEE'S GONNA BREAK ~ MELBOURNE ~ AUGUST 17, 2007 ~


~ MP3 ~ THE LEVEE'S GONNA BREAK ~ ADELAIDE ~ AUGUST 21, 2007 ~


~ MP3 ~ THE LEVEE'S GONNA BREAK ~ PERTH ~ AUGUST 23, 2007 ~


~ MP3 ~ THE LEVEE'S GONNA BREAK ~ AUCKLAND ~ AUGUST 26, 2007 ~


~ MP3 ~ THE LEVEE'S GONNA BREAK ~ AUCKLAND ~ AUGUST 27, 2007 ~


~ MP3 ~ THE LEVEE'S GONNA BREAK ~ DALLAS, TEXAS ~ FEBRUARY 3, 2008 ~


~ MP3 ~ THE LEVEE'S GONNA BREAK ~ BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA ~ MARCH 15, 2008 ~


~ MP3 ~ THE LEVEE'S GONNA BREAK ~ CORK ~ JUNE 16, 2011 ~


~ MP3 ~ THE LEVEE'S GONNA BREAK ~ DUBLIN ~ OCTOBER 6, 2011 ~


~ MP3 ~ THE LEVEE'S GONNA BREAK ~ SAO PAULO, BRAZIL ~ APRIL 21, 2012 ~


~ MP3 ~ THE LEVEE'S GONNA BREAK ~ BAD MERGENTHEIM, GERMANY ~ JULY 6, 2012 ~


~ MP3 ~ THE LEVEE'S GONNA BREAK ~ ROME, ITALY ~ NOVEMBER 6, 2013 ~


~ MP3 ~ THE LEVEE'S GONNA BREAK ~ KRISTIANSAND, NORWAY ~ JULY 12, 2014 ~


~ MP3 ~ THE LEVEE'S GONNA BREAK ~ GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN ~ JULY 15, 2014 ~


~ MP3 ~ THE LEVEE'S GONNA BREAK ~ PORI, FINLAND ~ JULY 17, 2014 ~


~ MP3 ~ THE LEVEE'S GONNA BREAK ~ LÖRRACH, GERMANY ~ JULY 16, 2015 ~








Biblical references:


~ Psalm 118:24 ~


This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.


~ Mark 13:32-37 ~

“But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake. Therefore stay awake — for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the cock crows, or in the morning — lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.”


~ 1 Thessalonians 5:6 ~

... let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake ...


~ Revelation 16:15 ~

Behold, I am coming like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake.






























Lörrach, July 16, 2015