The last time you might hear the sermon on the mount,
The last radio is playing.
Seen a shooting star tonight
Tomorrow will be another day.
Guess it's too late to say the things to you
That you needed to hear me say.
Seen a shooting star tonight
PERFORMANCES SINCE 1999
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
LA CROSSE, WISCONSIN
NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO, CANADA
ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA
WEST LAFAYETTE, INDIANA
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
NEWARK, NEW JERSEY
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
GREENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA
FORT WORTH, TEXAS
ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA
CANANDAIGUA, NEW YORK
LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS
LONDON, ONTARIO, CANADA
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
PORT CHESTER, NEW YORK
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
Performances of "SHOOTING STAR" had been extremely rare in recent years,
so it was always a surprise when this gem appeared in any setlist. "SHOOTING STAR" was
performed once in 1999 (in the same show as the only live performance of "A SATISFIED MIND"),
twice in 2000, and only once in 2001.
In 2002 "SHOOTING STAR" appeared only twice, in April in Strasbourg, and in October
in Phoenix. The first performance of "SHOOTING STAR" in 2003 was in August,
during the last show of the summer tour, in Niagara Falls, Ontario, where it
appeared in the same set as "DIGNITY". In Europe in the fall of 2003 "SHOOTING STAR" was
performed in Oslo in October, and in Zurich in November.
The first appearance of "SHOOTING STAR" in 2004 was in the St. Louis, where it was performed
in the same set as "SAVING GRACE". Only six days later "SHOOTING STAR" appeared in the fourth
Chicago show, once more in the same set as "DIGNITY". The next performance of "SHOOTING STAR"
was already during the next show, two days later in St. Paul. Six days after that "SHOOTING
STAR" appeared in Detroit, in the same set as "SEÑOR". Five days later "SHOOTING STAR" was
performed in Toronto.
In Europe, three months later, "SHOOTING STAR" appeared in the first show, in Cardiff, Wales.
Three weeks after that "SHOOTING STAR" was performed in Benidorm, Spain. Almost four months
later, during the fall tour or 2004, "SHOOTING STAR" was included in the West Lafayette show,
on the day after the US election.
The first appearance of "SHOOTING STAR" in 2005 was in March in Las Vegas. Less than a
week later, in Los Angeles, on Good Friday, "SHOOTING STAR" was performed in
a concert which had started with "CAT'S IN THE WELL", and which also included "SEÑOR",
"STANDING IN THE DOORWAY", and "EVERY GRAIN OF SAND".
During the first Sunday show of 2005, in Chicago, Bob Dylan chose to sing "SHOOTING STAR"
in the same set as "SEÑOR", "GOD KNOWS", "TRYIN' TO GET TO HEAVEN",
"A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL", and "I SHALL BE RELEASED", creating a very strong and
thought provocing juxtopostion of some fine songs. The next performances of "SHOOTING STAR"
was sixteen days later, in Newark, and one week after that, in New York.
During the May to July stadium tour of 2005, was performed nine times.
Three of these times it appered together with the typical Sunday songs for this tour,
"GOD KNOWS" and "TRYIN' TO GET TO HEAVEN", two times together with "SEÑOR", and in
Connecticut together with the only performances of both "STANDING IN THE DOORWAY" and
"MISSISSIPPI" during the tour.
Two more times "SHOOTING STAR" was performed in July 2005, in the first of the Vancouver shows,
together with "BLIND WILLIE MCTELL", and sharing a fine Sunday set list in Calgary, which
also included "GOD KNOWS", "TRYIN' TO GET TO HEAVEN" and "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL".
In the fall of 2005, Bob performed "SHOOTING STAR" only once, in Wetzlar, Germany, as part of
one of the strongest sets of the tour, during his first of five Sunday concerts that fall,
which also included "GOD KNOWS", "SEÑOR", and "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL". My wife and I had
the pleasure to stand at the rail during this fine performance of "SHOOTING STAR", which
included a harp solo by Bob. It was the third time I had the pleasure to see this great song
(after Wiesbaden 1993 and Dortmund 1995), and Bob’s vocal performance was again a pleasure
to behold and to hear, especially the deep voice with which he delivered the word “praying”
during both times he sang the bridge in Wetzlar: “Listen to the engine, listen to the bell,
as the last fire truck from hell goes rolling by, all good people are praying, it's the last
temptation, the last account, the last time you might hear the sermon on the mount, the last
radio is playing.”
The first performance of "SHOOTING STAR" in 2006 was during Bob's fourth show of the year,
in Bakersfield, California. During the fall tour of 2006 "SHOOTING STAR" was performed in Denver.
The only appearance of "SHOOTING STAR" in 2007 was during the North American summer tour of 2007;
and in 2008 "SHOOTING STAR" was performed four times from August to November, also in North America.
The first appearance of "SHOOTING STAR" in 2009 was in Germany on the last day of March.
The second performance of "SHOOTING STAR" in 2009 was on October 4th, in Seattle,
as the second song of the first show of Dylan's fall tour, following directly after the first
appearance of "GONNA CHANGE MY WAY OF THINKING" since February 1980. Ten days later, in Los Angeles,
"SHOOTING STAR" was performed again in the same number two spot after "GONNA CHANGE MY WAY OF THINKING";
and three weeks after that as well, in Columbus, Ohio.
The only two appearances of "SHOOTING STAR" in 2010 were more than a year later, in Massachusetts and
New York, toward the end of Dylan's fall tour, and both were again in the same number two spot after
"GONNA CHANGE MY WAY OF THINKING".
The first performance of "SHOOTING STAR" in 2011 was in mid October, in Cardiff, Wales; and the
second one was in November, in Innsbruck, Austria. In September 2012 Bob Dylan chose to perform
a very fine and intense version of "SHOOTING STAR" in the Capitol Theatre of Port Chester, New York.
Almost eleven months later, in the summer of 2013, an amazing version of "SHOOTING STAR" appeared
as the closing song of two Bob Dylan's concerts in Denver and in Salt Lake City.
Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down,
his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them,
saying: "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
"Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they shall be satisfied. "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. "Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called sons of God. "Blessed are those who are persecuted
for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. "Blessed are you
when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against
you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in
heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. "You are the
salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be
restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled
under people's feet. "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot
be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand,
and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine
before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father
who is in heaven. "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets;
I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you,
until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the
Law until all is accomplished. Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of
these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in
the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called
great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness
exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom
of heaven. "You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not
murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.' But I say to you
that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever
insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, 'You fool!'
will be liable to the hell of fire. So if you are offering your gift at the
altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave
your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother,
and then come and offer your gift. Come to terms quickly with your accuser
while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the
judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison. Truly, I say to you,
you will never get out until you have paid the last penny. "You have heard
that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery.' But I say to you that
everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery
with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw
it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole
body be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off
and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that
your whole body go into hell. "It was also said, 'Whoever divorces his wife, let
him give her a certificate of divorce.' But I say to you that everyone who
divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit
adultery. And whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery. "Again you have
heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not swear falsely, but shall
perform to the Lord what you have sworn.' But I say to you, Do not take an oath
at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it
is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. And do
not take an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. Let
what you say be simply 'Yes' or 'No'; anything more than this comes from evil.
"You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.'
But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on
the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and
take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone forces you to
go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who begs from you, and do
not refuse the one who would borrow from you. "You have heard that it was said,
'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, Love your
enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your
Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good,
and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love
you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?
And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others?
Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as
your heavenly Father is perfect. "Beware of practicing your righteousness
before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no
reward from your Father who is in heaven. "Thus, when you give to the needy,
sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in
the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they
have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your
left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in
secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. "And when you pray,
you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the
synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly,
I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into
your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And
your Father who sees in secret will reward you. "And when you pray, do not
heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be
heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what
you need before you ask him. Pray then like this:
"Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also
forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither
will your Father forgive your trespasses. "And when you fast, do not look
gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting
may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.
But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may
not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who
sees in secret will reward you. "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth,
where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for
yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where
thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your
heart will be also. "The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is
healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad,
your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness,
how great is the darkness! "No one can serve two masters, for either he will
hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise
the other. You cannot serve God and money. "Therefore I tell you, do not be
anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about
your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more
than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor
gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of
more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour
to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Con sider the
lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell
you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if
God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is
thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?'
or 'What shall we wear?' For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your
heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God
and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. "Therefore do
not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.
Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. "Judge not, that you be not judged.
For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure
you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your
brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can
you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when there
is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye,
and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.
"Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs,
lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you. "Ask, and it will
be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who
knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread,
will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent?
If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children,
how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those
who ask him! "So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them,
for this is the Law and the Prophets. "Enter by the narrow gate.
For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction,
and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the
way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.
"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but
inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits.
Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every
healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit.
A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit.
Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
Thus you will recognize them by their fruits. "Not everyone who says to me,
'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will
of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, 'Lord, Lord,
did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many
mighty works in your name?' And then will I declare to them, 'I never knew you;
depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.' "Everyone then who hears these words
of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that
house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.
And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will
be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain
fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that
house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it." And when Jesus
finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching,
for he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.