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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 4:57 pm    Post subject: The Truckin' Phenomenon Reply with quote

Bob Weir, the man can weave his ways through the lyrical intricacies of the most complicated Bob Dylan epics.

However, listening to 8/21/80 once again, it struck me, again, that our beloved and hated Bobby has a real problem.

He rarely, at least after the first years of the song, sings Truckin' without flubbing it, to the point where I can't really claim I have the lyrics down because I hear a complete one so rarely.

What caused this?

My theory, he just never practiced it, because he "knew it already".

This would also be a great place to list any and all Truckin' renditions with or without flubs.


*6/24/83, out of space, no lyrical flubs...


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another theory on this would be that Truckin' was supposed to be a "living song". They were going to add or change lyrics over time. Granted this idea never panned out, but it might be Weir's version of this idea.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

frell wrote:
Another theory on this would be that Truckin' was supposed to be a "living song". They were going to add or change lyrics over time. Granted this idea never panned out, but it might be Weir's version of this idea.

Well, yes, they did have some clear, designed lyrical changes to reflect the times and that they were "truckin'" on...
Living on reds, vitamin C, cocaine...
Vs.
She went and had a [CENSORED] change...

But, I am talking about the times he just straight flubbed.


Good point to make though, thanks Frell!
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I often try to imagine the flubs as being part of the "living song". Sort of as in, people mess up but they still get on their feet. There are not many other bands that could successfully mess up their "hit" single and be forgiven by the majority of fans and concert goers as they were.

Granted my interpretation is more than likely more forgiving and you are more on point with the Weir "knows the song" so no need to practice it.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't mind certain flubs, like, instrument missteps, etc... because the guys went out and improvved and took chances day in, day out.

That's what made the magic!
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

6/24/83, out of space, no lyrical flubs...

Report flubs and non flub renditions... I want to break it down.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kochman wrote:
6/24/83, out of space, no lyrical flubs...

Report flubs and non flub renditions... I want to break it down.


This looks to be a fun little project, as I listen to Truckin I will try to make notes in the future.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, the more people working on this, the better.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 26, 2013 2:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kochman wrote:
Thanks, the more people working on this, the better.


Does the [CENSORED] change lyrics count?

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 26, 2013 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The first line in the first verse is (at least for me) quite difficult. Almost a tongue twister
"Arrows of neon flashing maquees down on Main St." Thing is, I don't know if He ever flubbed that line. Try it. Sing it out loud at normal tempo and...maybe it's just me.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 5:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

frell wrote:
Kochman wrote:
Thanks, the more people working on this, the better.


Does the [CENSORED] change lyrics count?

As a flub? No, that was planned... like you said, a living song... as they kept on truckin' through the years.

fillmoreeast wrote:
The first line in the first verse is (at least for me) quite difficult. Almost a tongue twister
"Arrows of neon flashing maquees down on Main St." Thing is, I don't know if He ever flubbed that line. Try it. Sing it out loud at normal tempo and...maybe it's just me.

It is hard! And he usually nails it, as you point out! That's Bob for you...
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