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Bob Dylan / The White Stripes – As Ugly As I Seem … I Believe in You

Interesting piece touching on the Bob Dylan and Jack White love-in, which has been going on for a few years now!

And the great song “As Ugly As I Seem, I Believe in You” !!

Or maybe that’s “I Believe in You, As Ugly As You Seem, ” !!

All thanks to who writes:

What is with Bob Dylan and Jack White?

They must be good friends because in the last couple of years, not a year goes by without them doing something together. I think it must have started somewhere in 2004, when Jack White suddenly appeared at a concert in Detroit. Bob showed so much respect for Jack that he covered a White Stripes song, called “Ball and Bisquit” (hear it here).

Then, in 2006, The Raconteurs – Jack White’s so called side project – was allowed to tour along with Bob Dylan as the warm up act.

In September 2007, Dylan did a couple of shows in Nashville, the city where Jack White lives. For two nights in a row, Jack came on stage to perform some very special songs.

Meet me in the Morning from the 1975 album Blood on the Tracks got it’s live debut on the first night.

The second night, Outlaw Blues was performed for the very first time (and this is a song from 1965!!) and One More Cup of Coffee from Desire got it’s first live performance since 1993.

Besides that, The White Stripes are known to include Bob Dylan covers in their repertoire. Songs like Outlaw Blues, Love Sick and One More Cup Of Coffee have become regular songs for the Stripes.

Furthermore, on the album Get Behind me Satan from 2005 there is a more subtle reference. Near the end of the album there’s a song called “As Ugly As I Seem“. Lyrically, there is no link to Dylan whatsoever but anybody who’s somewhat familiar with Bob Dylan’s repertoire immediately recognizes I Believe in You, one of the highlights of the 1979 Slow Train Coming album.

Although it is not a cover and not a literal reference, I believe this is a very clear melodic nod in the direction of Bob Dylan.

Hear it for yourself in the clips below.

The White Stripes – As Ugly As I Seem

Bob Dylan – I Believe in You


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January 16, 2009 - Posted by | Jack White, The White Stripes, _MUSIC, _VIDEO

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