PO' BOY
PERFORMANCES



2001.11.06,
GRAND RAPIDS,
MICHIGAN


2002.11.15,
PHILADELPHIA,
PENNSYLVANIA


2004.08.08,
BROCKTON,
MASSACHUSETTS


2004.11.04,
COLUMBUS,
OHIO


2004.11.06,
GRANTHAM,
PENNSYLVANIA


2004.11.13,
ROCHESTER,
NEW YORK


2004.11.14,
BINGHAMPTON,
NEW YORK


2004.11.20,
AMHERST,
MASSACHUSETTS


2005.04.30,
NEW YORK CITY,
NEW YORK


2009.04.05,
SAARBRÜCKEN,
GERMANY


2009.04.07,
PARIS,
FRANCE


2009.04.10,
AMSTERDAM,
THE NETHERLANDS


2009.04.18,
FLORENCE,
ITALY


2009.04.24,
SHEFFIELD,
ENGLAND


2009.04.25,
LONDON,
ENGLAND


2009.04.26,
LONDON,
ENGLAND


2009.05.01,
LIVERPOOL,
ENGLAND


2009.05.03,
EDINBURGH,
SCOTLAND


2009.05.06,
DUBLIN,
IRELAND


2009.07.01,
MILWAUKEE,
WISCONSIN


2009.07.05,
ROTHBURY,
MICHIGAN


2009.07.08,
LOUISVILLE,
KENTUCKY


2009.07.13,
WASHINGTON,
PENNSYLVANIA


2009.07.18,
BETHEL,
NEW YORK


2009.07.21,
PAWTUCKET,
RHODE ISLAND


2009.07.25,
NORFOLK,
VIRGINIA


2009.07.28,
DURHAM,
NORTH CAROLINA


2009.07.30,
ALPHARETTA,
GEORGIA


2009.08.12,
LAKE ELSINORE,
CALIFORNIA


2009.10.08,
EUGENE,
OREGON


2009.10.14,
LOS ANGELES,
CALIFORNIA


2009.10.18,
LAS VEGAS,
NEVADA


2009.10.24,
TULSA,
OKLAHOMA


2009.10.30,
CHICAGO,
ILLINOIS


2009.11.06,
DETROIT,
MICHIGAN


2009.11.09,
PHILADELPHIA,
PENNSYLVANIA


2009.11.17,
NEW YORK CITY,
NEW YORK


2010.03.12,
OSAKA,
JAPAN


2010.03.16,
OSAKA,
JAPAN


2010.03.26,
TOKYO,
JAPAN


2010.06.29,
BORDEAUX,
FRANCE







FREDDIE OR NOT

PO' BOY




Man comes to the door - I say, "For whom are you looking?"



He says, "Your wife", I say, "She's busy in the kitchen cookin'."



Poor boy - where you been?



I already tol' you - won't tell you again



I say, "How much you want for that?" I go into the store



The man says, "Three dollars", "All right", I say, "Will you take four?"



Poor boy - never say die.



Things will be all right by and by



Been workin' on the mainline - workin' like the devil



The game is the same - it's just up on a different level



Poor boy - dressed in black



Police at your back



Poor boy in a red hot town



Out beyond the twinklin' stars



Ridin' first class trains - making the rounds



Tryin' to keep from fallin' between the cars



Othello told Desdemona, "I'm cold, cover me with a blanket.



By the way, what happened to that poison wine?"



She says, "I gave it to you, you drank it."



Poor boy, layin' 'em straight - pickin' up the cherries fallin' off the plate



Time and love has branded me with its claws



Had to go to Florida, dodgin' them Georgia laws



Poor boy, in the hotel called the Palace of Gloom



Calls down to room service, says, "Send up a room"



My mother was a daughter of a wealthy farmer



My father was a traveling salesman, I never met him



When my mother died, my uncle took me in - he ran a funeral parlor



He did a lot of nice things for me and I won't forget him



All I know is that I'm thrilled by your kiss



I don't know any more than this



Poor boy, pickin' up sticks



Build ya a house out of mortar and bricks



Knockin' on the door, I say, "Who is it and where are you from?"



Man says, "Freddy!" I say, "Freddy who?" He says, "Freddy or not here I come."



Poor boy 'neath the stars that shine



Washin' them dishes, feedin' them swine













































"PO' BOY" had only one stage appearance in 2001, (the year it was recorded; and probably written). During this live debut of "PO' BOY" in Grand Rapids the lyrics of the fine studio version were reshuffled quite a bit, as this beautiful song was included in the same setlist as the second of only three 2001 appearances of "EVERY GRAIN OF SAND".

The next performance of "PO' BOY" was more of a year later, in Philadelphia, with lyrics much closer to the original; and again "PO' BOY" shared a setlist with a song from "Shot of Love", this time "IN THE SUMMERTIME". Both songs that night were performed by Bob on his piano, which he had just rediscovered. It would be his instrument of choice for quite a while.


After this "PO' BOY" was not performed for almost 21 months, before an acoustic version of this gem appeared in Brockton, Massachusetts in August 2004, in the same set as "GOD KNOWS" and "SAVING GRACE". The fourth performance of "PO' BOY" was less than three months later, in Columbus, Ohio, two days after the US election, as part of a brilliant set which also included gems like "DIGNITY", "BLIND WILLIE MCTELL", "EVERY GRAIN OF SAND", and "TRYIN' TO GET TO HEAVEN". Already at the next concert, at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania, where Bob Dylan also chose to perform "SAVING GRACE", "PO' BOY" appeared again together with "DIGNITY".

One week later "PO' BOY" was performed again in consecutive shows, at first in Rochester, in the same set as "DIGNITY" and "STANDING IN THE DOORWAY"; and then in Binghampton, where "PO' BOY" shared a set with gems like "GOD KNOWS", "I SHALL BE RELEASED" and "NOT DARK YET". Six days after that, in Amherst, Massachusetts, during the penultimate show of the year 2004, "PO' BOY" was performed in the same set as "DIGNITY", "EVERY GRAIN OF SAND", and "STANDING IN THE DOORWAY".

Sharing a setlist with "I SHALL BE RELEASED" was the first performance of "PO' BOY" in 2005, in New York City, as the penultimate song of the last show of Bob Dylan's spring tour, which included 94 different songs.

Almost four years later, in April 2009, Dylan surprised a lucky German audience in Saarbrücken with his first ever European performance of "PO' BOY", during a very fine Sunday show including gems like "GOTTA SERVE SOMEBODY", "THE LEVEE'S GONNA BREAK", "EVERY GRAIN OF SAND", and "I BELIEVE IN YOU". Two days later already "PO' BOY" appeared in the first Paris show, which had started with "CAT'S IN THE WELL"; and three days after that Dylan chose to perform "PO' BOY" during the first of three concerts in Amsterdam, two songs before "WORKINGMAN'S BLUES".

The next appearance of "PO' BOY" was eight days later in Florence, again in the same set as "WORKINGMAN'S BLUES". Six days later "PO' BOY" was performed in Sheffield, in a show starting with "CAT'S IN THE WELL" and also featured "THE LEVEE'S GONNA BREAK", and two more times during the following days in London, at first together with "WORKINGMAN'S BLUES" and "WHEN THE DEAL GOES DOWN", then together with "TRYIN' TO GET TO HEAVEN" and "AIN'T TALKIN'".

In May 2009, toward the end of the tour, "PO' BOY" was performed two more times in the UK, at first in the Liverpool show, together once more with "THE LEVEE'S GONNA BREAK", and then in Edinburgh, Scotland, in the same set as "WHEN THE DEAL GOES DOWN", "TRYIN' TO GET TO HEAVEN" and "AIN'T TALKIN'". Finally "PO' BOY" appeared during the second concert in Dublin, Ireland, which also featured "BLIND WILLIE MCTELL" and "AIN'T TALKIN'"; and I was extremely glad to be a part of that audience during this awesomely jaw dropping and focused performance of one of my favorite two songs from "Love & Theft" (the other one, "MISSISSIPPI", I had the pleasure to witness already in Jérez in 2008).

So during the last month of the 2009 European tour Bob Dylan chose to perform "PO' BOY" ten times, which is more often than all eight US performances from 2001 to 2005 combined. And to be present during one of those European performances of "PO' BOY", especially during a mighty fine one as the Dublin version, was worth the trip alone. During the summer 2009 US tour "PO' BOY" appeared another ten times; and during the fall tour of 2009 "PO' BOY" was performed eight times.

The first three appearances of "PO' BOY" in 2010 were in March, in Japan; and the next one was three months later, in France.














~ MP3 ~ PO' BOY ~ DUBLIN ~ MAY 6, 2009 ~









~ MP3 ~ PO' BOY ~ SAARBRÜCKEN ~ APRIL 5, 2009 ~











Biblical references:


~ Luke 15 ~


“There was a man who had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.’ And he divided his property between them. Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living. And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. And he was longing to be fed with the pods that the pigs ate, and no one gave him anything. “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father's hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.”’ And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate.