NOT DARK YET

Bob in Paris on 30/04/02 (photo by courtesy of Duncan Hume)


NOT DARK YET





Shadows are falling and I've been here all day


It's too hot to sleep time is running away


Feel like my soul has turned into steel


I've still got the scars that the sun didn't heal


There's not even room enough to be anywhere


It's not dark yet, but it's getting there


Well my sense of humanity has gone down the drain


Behind every beautiful thing there's been some kind of pain


She wrote me a letter and she wrote it so kind


She put down in writing what was in her mind


I just don't see why I should even care


It's not dark yet, but it's getting there


Well, I've been to London and I've been to gay Paree


I've followed the river and I got to the sea


I've been down on the bottom of a world full of lies


I ain't looking for nothing in anyone's eyes


Sometimes my burden seems more than I can bear


It's not dark yet, but it's getting there


I was born here and I'll die here against my will


I know it looks like I'm moving, but I'm standing still


Every nerve in my body is so vacant and numb


I can't even remember what it was I came here to get away from


Don't even hear a murmur of a prayer


It's not dark yet, but it's getting there.








PERFORMANCES


1997.10.30, COLUMBUS, GEORGIA

1998.01.14, NEW LONDON, CONNECTICUT

1998.01.16, NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK

1998.01.17, NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK

1998.06.03, BERLIN, GERMANY

1999.04.11, SAN SEBASTIÁN

1999.04.22, BARCELONA, SPAIN

1999.04.23, MARSEILLES, FRANCE

1999.04.25, ZURICH, SWITZERLAND

1999.04.27, LINZ, AUSTRIA

1999.04.28, LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA

1999.04.29, GRAZ, AUSTRIA

1999.04.30, VIENNA, AUSTRIA

1999.05.02, MÜNCHEN, GERMANY

1999.06.05, DENVER, COLORADO

1999.06.06, COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO

1999.06.09, SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH

1999.06.11, VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA

1999.06.12, PORTLAND, OREGON

1999.06.13, GEORGE, WASHINGTON

1999.06.14, EUGENE, OREGON

1999.06.16, SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA

1999.06.18, CONCORD, CALIFORNIA

1999.06.19, MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA

1999.06.20, ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA

1999.06.22, HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA

1999.06.26, LAS VEGAS, NEVADA

1999.06.27, PHOENIX, ARIZONA

1999.06.30, NEW YORK, NEW YORK

1999.07.02, SHAKOPEE, MINNESOTA

1999.07.06, DETROIT, MICHIGAN

1999.07.09, TINLEY PARK, ILLINOIS

1999.07.11, CINCINNATI, OHIO

1999.07.14, RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA

1999.07.16, BRISTOW, VIRGINIA

1999.07.17, CAMDEN, NEW JERSEY

1999.07.18, BURGETTSTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA

1999.07.20, ALBANY, NEW YORK

1999.07.22, MANSFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS

1999.07.23, MANSFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS

1999.07.24, HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT

1999.07.26, NEW YORK, NEW YORK

1999.07.28, HOLMDEL, NEW JERSEY

1999.07.30, WANTAGH, NEW YORK

1999.07.31, WANTAGH, NEW YORK

1999.09.04, ATLANTA, GEORGIA

1999.09.05, CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

1999.09.08, ANTIOCH, TENNESSEE

1999.09.09, NOBLESVILLE, INDIANA

1999.09.11, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE

1999.09.12, LAFAYETTE, LOUISIANA

1999.09.15, AUSTIN, TEXAS

1999.09.17, THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS

1999.09.18, DALLAS, TEXAS

1999.10.26, CHICAGO PARK WEST, EARLY SHOW

1999.10.27, CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS

1999.10.29, OXFORD, OHIO

1999.10.30, MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN

1999.10.31, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

1999.11.13, EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY

1999.11.14, WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS

1999.11.20, NEWARK, DELAWARE

2000.03.10, ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA, EARLY SHOW

2000.03.10, ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA, LATE SHOW

2000.03.11, SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIFORNIA

2000.03.12, BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA

2000.03.14, VISALIA, CALIFORNIA

2000.03.15, SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA

2000.03.19, POCATELLO, IDAHO

2000.03.20, NAMPA, IDAHO

2000.03.21, PULLMAN, WASHINGTON

2000.03.22, MISSOULA, MONTANA

2000.03.24, BOZEMAN, MONTANA

2000.03.27, RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA

2000.03.30, FARGO, NORTH DAKOTA

2000.04.04, OMAHA, NEBRASKA

2000.04.05, SALINA, KANSAS

2000.05.06, ZÜRICH, SWITZERLAND

2000.05.08, STUTTGART, GERMANY

2000.05.09, OBERHAUSEN, GERMANY

2000.05.18, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN

2000.05.23, BERLIN, GERMANY

2000.05.28, MILANO, ITLAY

2000.05.31, ANCONA, ITALY

2000.09.16, ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND

2000.09.22, SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND

2000.09.27, ROTTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS

2000.09.29, FRANKFURT, GERMANY

2000.10.31, EVANSTON, ILLINOIS

2000.11.04, OXFORD, OHIO

2000.11.11, LOWELL, MASSACHUSETTS

2001.03.14, TOKYO, JAPAN

2001.04.27, KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE

2001.07.13, STIRLING, SCOTLAND

2001.07.22, PESCARA, ITALY

2001.11.23, PORTLAND, MAINE

2002.04.12, LEIPZIG, GERMANY

2002.04.21, ZURICH, SWITZERLAND

2002.04.30, PARIS, FRANCE

2002.05.05, BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND

2002.08.27, EDMONTON, ALBERTA, CANADA

2002.08.31, GRAND JUNCTION, COLORADO

2004.03.30, PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA

2004.04.02, WASHINGTON, D.C.

2004.04.09, ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA

2004.04.13, ATLANTA, GEORGIA

2004.06.09, WILMINGTON, DELAWARE

2004.06.20, LONDON, ENGLAND

2004.06.27, GALWAY, IRELAND

2004.07.10, MOTRIL, SPAIN

2004.08.10, FISHKILL, NEW YORK

2004.10.31, DE KALB, ILLINOIS

2004.11.14, BINGHAMPTON, NEW YORK

2005.04.29, NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK

2005.06.24, LITTLE FALLS, NEW JERSEY

2005.07.30, GOLDENDALE, WASHINGTON

2006.08.23, READING, PENNSYLVANIA

2006.09.01, WAPPINGERS FALLS, NEW YORK

2006.11.03, LONDON, ONTARIO, CANADA

2007.03.27, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN

2008.08.24, EVANSVILLE, INDIANA

2008.08.31, PARK CITY, UTAH

2008.11.16, KANATA, ONTARIO, CANADA

2009.08.16, STATELINE, NEVADA

2009.10.04, SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

2009.10.15, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

2009.10.25, SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI

2009.11.15, BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS

2010.03.13, OSAKA, JAPAN

2010.03.21, TOKYO, JAPAN

2010.06.06, BELGRADE, SERBIA

2010.06.12, LINZ, AUSTRIA

2010.06.16, VIAREGGIO, ITALY

2010.06.28, CARCASSONNE, FRANCE

2010.08.22, STATELINE, NEVADA

2010.10.10, ORLANDO, FLORIDA

2010.10.17, CLEMSON, SOUTH CAROLINA

2010.10.25, MADISON, WISCONSIN

2010.11.04, COLUMBUS, OHIO

2010.11.14, WEST LONG BRANCH, NEW JERSEY

2010.11.20, LOWELL, MASSACHUSETTS

2011.04.21, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

2011.10.11, NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND

2011.10.16, LILLE, FRANCE

2011.10.19, ANTWERP, BELGIUM

2011.10.31, HAMBURG, GERMANY

2011.11.06, HANNOVER, GERMANY

2011.11.16, ZURICH, SWITZERLAND

2012.04.22, SAO PAOLO, BRAZIL

2012.04.28, BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

2012.05.05, HEREDIA, COSTA RICA

2012.05.12, MEXICO CITY, MEXICO

2012.09.08, UNCASVILLE, CONNECTICUT




Ever since "Time Out Of Mind" was released, I believed "NOT DARK YET" is the best song Bob Dylan has recorded since 1981. I could not listen enough to this studio performance and it still is my favorite song on this great album, followed by "TRYING TO GET TO HEAVEN", "HIGHLANDS" and "STANDING IN THE DOORWAY".

Bob did perform "NOT DARK YET" on stage only five times before he changed his concert layout in April 1999. Numerous live performances in 1999 and early 2000 (two of which I had witnessed in 1999 in Zurich and Munich) and quite a few reviews and recordings of some of these performances had confirmed my view, that this song is something very special, both for Bob and his audiences.

From May until September 2000 the song had taken a rest (not being among the 83 songs performed in June/July of that year) and it had never been performed in the English speaking part of Europe, when Bob pulled it out in Aberdeen, where most everybody was expecting "HIGHLANDS". This Aberdeen performance and the one in Sheffield six days later were my third and fourth time to have witnessed it.

Two more appereances had "NOT DARK YET" on the European mainland in September 2000, before in the fall 2000 Bob did perform "NOT DARK YET" three more times in the US. In 2001 it was performed in the last Japanese show at Budokan, Tokyo on March 14th. It was the sixth time (in six different countries), that "NOT DARK YET" appeared on the same setlist as "TRYING TO GET TO HEAVEN".

The second appearance of "NOT DARK YET" in 2001 was in Knoxville on April 27th, two days after Bob's first performance of "IN THE GARDEN" in almost five years. The third 2001 performance of "NOT DARK YET" was again in Scotland, this time among other gems at Stirling Castle. The fourth appearance in 2001 was in Pescara, Italy. This one has to be heard to be believed. I hear it often, and still hardly believe it.

The fifth 2001 appearance was more than four months later, in Portland, Maine, where "NOT DARK YET" was performed as the second electric song in a show, which had started with "HALLELUJAH I'M READY TO GO", and already included "THIS WORLD CAN'T STAND LONG".

The first performance of "NOT DARK YET" in 2002 was in Leipzig in April. [About 7-8 hours earlier this website NOT DARK YET had been listed on the links page of bobdylan.com.] The second appearance of 2002 was in Zurich, where he performed "NOT DARK YET" for the third time within three years in the same venue.

Nine days after that "NOT DARK YET" was performed in Paris, and another five days later "NOT DARK YET" appeared again in Britain, being a high point of a very fine show in Bournemouth, which also featured a very momorable "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL", and which I had the pleasure to attend. It probably was the first version of "NOT DARK YET" starting with a harp solo. A truly majestic performance of this great song.

In August 2002, in Edmonton, Alberta, "NOT DARK YET" had its second Canadian appearance ever; and four days later it was performed in Colorado. After that "NOT DARK YET" was not performed at all for nineteen months, inluding all of 2003.

In 2004 however "NOT DARK YET" had its first appearance in Philadelphia, wonderfully performed for the first time with Bob on his piano. I must say Dylan put a lot of himself into that particular performance.

Let me quote two reviewers of that night; one attendee was describing the song as "Bob at his finest – brilliant, poignant, touching. Awe inspiring stuff." And another commented: "Another highlight and surprise for me. Bob sung this one from way way way down within. It seemed as if he sang this one right into my eyes. I almost melted. These lyrics are devastating yet utterly beautiful. I was feeling them more than ever hearing them live."

Only three days later, in Washington, "NOT DARK YET" appeared again; and one week after that, in Asheville, "NOT DARK YET" was performed for the first time ever in the same show as "I BELIEVE IN YOU". Four days later "NOT DARK YET" was performed during the second of three shows in Atlanta.

In June 2004 "NOT DARK YET" appeared in Wilmington, where according to one reviewer "Dylan gave it a very passionate vocal reading ... and ended the song with a tender harmonica solo". During the European tour in June 2004 "NOT DARK YET" was performed at first at the Fleadh Festival in London.

One week later, in Galway, Ireland, I had the extraordinary pleasure to witness Bob's first performance of "NOT DARK YET" on the Emerald Isle. It appeared in the same set as "GOD KNOWS", the other lyrical peak of the evening. This version was delivered with care by its writer, and its last verse was even preceded by some fine harp. It was only the second time ever (the first one was in November 2000) that "GOD KNOWS" and "NOT DARK YET" were performed in one concert, and both times they were separated by only one song in between.

Almost two weeks after Galway, "NOT DARK YET" was performed at the south coast of Spain, in Motril, once more (as numerous times before over the years) in the same set as "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL". Exactly one month later, back in the US, "NOT DARK YET" appeared in Fishkill, New York.

During the fall tour of 2004, in De Kalb, Illinois, Bob Dylan chose to include "NOT DARK YET" once more in the same set as "GOD KNOWS" (as he had done in Galway). Two weeks later, in Binghampton, New York, "NOT DARK YET" appeared again together with "GOD KNOWS", and this time also together with "I SHALL BE RELEASED" and "PO' BOY".

The first performance of "NOT DARK YET" in 2005 was in New York City, during the penultimate show of Bob Dylan's spring tour, which included 94 different songs. During the May to July stadium tour of 2005, "NOT DARK YET" appeared only once as well, in June, during the show in Little Falls, New Jersey.

Toward the end of July "NOT DARK YET" was performed in Goldendale, Washington, in the penultimate show before a two and a half months touring break, which was followed by the European tour of 2005 (during which "NOT DARK YET" was not performed at all, nor was it performed during the spring tour of 2006 or during the European summer tour of 2006).

However almost thirteen months after the last apperance in 2005, a few days before the release of 'Modern Times', "NOT DARK YET" reappeared again, during the US summer tour, in Reading, Pennsylvania (during a show which had started with "CAT'S IN THE WELL"), every line carefully phrased, and ending with a fine harp solo. Eight days later "NOT DARK YET" was performed once more, in Wappingers Falls, New York.

During the fall tour of 2006 "NOT DARK YET" was performed in London, Ontario. In March 2007 Dylan chose to perform "NOT DARK YET" as the second song of the first show of the year, in a small club in Stockholm, Sweden, playing his electric guitar. [mp3 below]

After this "NOT DARK YET" did not appear for almost 17 months, before in August 2008 Dylan chose to perform it in Indiana [mp3 below]. One week later "NOT DARK YET" appeared in Utah. And in November it was performed once more in Kanata, Ontario, Canada (in the same set as "I BELIEVE IN YOU", "EVERY GRAIN OF SAND", and "BLIND WILLIE MCTELL").

The first appearance of "NOT DARK YET" in 2009 was in Stateline Nevada in August during the last show of Dylan's minor league baseball stadium summer tour [mp3 below].

The second performance of "NOT DARK YET" in 2009 was on October 4th, in Seattle, during the first show of Dylan's fall tour, which had started with the first appearance of "GONNA CHANGE MY WAY OF THINKING" since February 1980 and the second performance of "SHOOTING STAR" in 2009. Eleven days later it appeared in the third Los Angeles show, again in the same set as "GONNA CHANGE MY WAY OF THINKING".

Ten days after that, on a Sunday in Missouri, "NOT DARK YET" was performed again, in the same show as "TRYING TO GET TO HEAVEN", which did not happen since March 2001. Three weeks later, during the last Sunday show of the year, which was the last of the three concerts in Boston, both "NOT DARK YET" and "TRYING TO GET TO HEAVEN" were performed once more in the same set.

The first two appearances of "NOT DARK YET" in 2010 were in March in Japan, one of which was again in the same show as "TRYIN' TO GET TO HEAVEN". During the European tour of 2010 "NOT DARK YET" was performed four times, in Serbia, in Austria, in Italy, and in France. In the US "NOT DARK YET" appeared only once during the summer tour, in Stateline, Nevada, where it also had been performed in August 2009; but in the fall "NOT DARK YET" was performed six times in the US.

In April 2011 Dylan chose to perform "NOT DARK YET" during his second show in Melbourne, Australia; and in October 2011 "NOT DARK YET" appeared at first in Nottingham, England, five days later in Lille, France, three days after that in Antwerp, Belgium, and at the last day of the month in Hamburg, Germany, which was the first performance of this gem in Germany in more than nine and a half years. Six days later already, in Hannover, was the next German appaerance of "NOT DARK YET"; and ten days after that it was performed in Zurich, Switzerland.

In April and May of 2012 Bob Dylan chose to perform "NOT DARK YET" four times during his Latin America tour. During the European tour of 2012 it did not appear at all, and during the North American summer tour of 2012 it was performed only once, during the penultimate concert.

I do believe that Dylan conveys an important part of his belief in the last line of each verse: "It's not dark yet, but it's getting there." There will be definitely an end to this "world full of lies" and until then there is little time left, for already the "shadows are falling".





video - Not Dark Yet - Zürich 1999-04-25





~ MP3 ~ NOT DARK YET ~ POCATELLO ~ MARCH 19, 2000 ~


~ MP3 ~ NOT DARK YET ~ STOCKHOLM ~ MARCH 27, 2007 ~


~ MP3 ~ NOT DARK YET ~ EVANSVILLE, INDIANA ~ AUGUST 24, 2008 ~


~ MP3 ~ NOT DARK YET ~ STATELINE, NEVADA ~ AUGUST 16, 2009 ~


~ MP3 ~ NOT DARK YET ~ SEATTLE, WASHINGTON ~ OCTOBER 04, 2009 ~


~ MP3 ~ NOT DARK YET ~ LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA ~ OCTOBER 15, 2009 ~


~ MP3 ~ NOT DARK YET ~ BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS ~ NOVEMBER 15, 2009 ~


~ MP3 ~ NOT DARK YET ~ OSAKA, JAPAN ~ MARCH 13, 2010 ~


~ MP3 ~ NOT DARK YET ~ TOKYO, JAPAN ~ MARCH 21, 2010 ~


~ MP3 ~ NOT DARK YET ~ LINZ, AUSTRIA ~ JUNE 12, 2010 ~


~ MP3 ~ NOT DARK YET ~ COLUMBUS, OHIO ~ NOVEMBER 4, 2010 ~


~ MP3 ~ NOT DARK YET ~ WEST LONG BRANCH, NEW JERSEY ~ NOVEMBER 14, 2010 ~


~ MP3 ~ NOT DARK YET ~ LOWELL, MASSACHUSETTS ~ NOVEMBER 20, 2010 ~


~ MP3 ~ NOT DARK YET ~ NOTTINGHAM ~ OCTOBER 11, 2011 ~


~ MP3 ~ NOT DARK YET ~ LILLE ~ OCTOBER 16, 2011 ~


~ MP3 ~ NOT DARK YET ~ ANTWERP ~ OCTOBER 19, 2011 ~


~ MP3 ~ NOT DARK YET ~ HAMBURG ~ OCTOBER 31, 2011 ~


~ MP3 ~ NOT DARK YET ~ HANNOVER ~ NOVEMBER 6, 2011 ~


~ MP3 ~ NOT DARK YET ~ ZURICH ~ NOVEMBER 16, 2011 ~


~ MP3 ~ NOT DARK YET ~ SAO PAOLO, BRAZIL ~ APRIL 22, 2012 ~


~ MP3 ~ NOT DARK YET ~ BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA ~ APRIL 28, 2012 ~


~ MP3 ~ NOT DARK YET ~ HEREDIA, COSTA RICA ~ MAY 5, 2012 ~


~ MP3 ~ NOT DARK YET ~ MEXICO CITY, MEXICO ~ MAY 12, 2012 ~


~ MP3 ~ NOT DARK YET ~ UNCASVILLE, CONNECTICUT ~ SEPTEMBER 8, 2012 ~







Biblical references:


~ John 8 ~


Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."


~ 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."




















SHADOWS ARE FALLING