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Bob Dylan – Hard Times (1993)

There’s a song that will linger forever in our ears


We’ve written before about Stephen Foster’s magnificent and timeless Hard Times Come Again No More and posted a nice performance by Kate & Anna McGarrigle and friends.

Here’s s fine Bob Dylan performance of the song from a recording at Austin City Limits Studio back in 28 April 1993.

Bob of course recorded the song under the shortened title Hard Times on his excellent 1992 LP Good as I Been to You.

This album, Dylan’s 28th studio album, was composed entirely of traditional folk songs and covers, and was Dylan’s first entirely solo, acoustic album since Another Side of Bob Dylan in 1964. It was also his first collection to not feature any original compositions.

Good as I Been to You helped to restore Dylan’s critical standing following disappointing reviews for Under the Red Sky.

Bob recorded the song using an arrangement by renowned Irish folk band De Dannan, who had recorded the song in 1983. Interestingly, the album notes identifies “Hard Times” as public domain, as it was published in 1855, and naughtily excludes a credit to Foster!

Dylan here delivers a great, sparse, acoustic interpretation in the live setting, with a beautiful arrangement helped to no little extent by a top class band.

This comes from the TV Special – later released on DVD – called Willie Nelson: The Big Six-O celebrating Willie’s 60th birthday.

The birthday tribute, with an all star cast was filmed as a TV special over two days in April ’93 and shown on TV in late May ’93.

The TV Special included musical performances of songs either written by or performed by Nelson, as well as birthday greetings and favorite stories about the singer by his friends.

Musical performers included the likes of Bob Dylan, Waylon Jennings, and Neil Young, while a wide array of well wishers ranged from Jane Seymour to Kris Kristofferson to Bill Clinton!

Yap, Billy loves Willie!

We thought Clinton was too busy inserting cigars in strange places back in those days to appear on tributes to C&W stars!

Willie Nelson has included Hard Times in his repertoire for years and would later record the song with David Grisman, on Darol Anger’s Heritage in 2005.

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February 25, 2009 Posted by | Bill Clinton, Stephen Foster, Willie Nelson, _BOB DYLAN, _MUSIC, _VIDEO | Leave a comment

Kate & Anna McGarrigle – Hard Times Come Again No More


There’s pale drooping maiden who foils her life away
With a worn out heart, whose better days are o’er.

Kate & Anna McGarrigle and friends – including Kate’s son Rufus Wainwright along with Emmylou Harris, Mary Black, Karen Matheson and Rod Paterson – perform a wonderful arrangement of Stephen Foster’s magnificent Hard Times Come Again No More. This comes from the Transatlantic sessions which was filmed in Scotland.

In the GOP induced world recession, this song is becoming ever more pertinent by the day!

“Hard Times Come Again No More” is a beautiful song written by Stephen C. Foster in 1854.

It attained recognition quickly and very soon became well-known and popular both in America and Europe.

The song was actually a favorite of both sides in the American Civil War.

The first audio recording was a wax cylinder by the Edison Company (Edison Gold Moulded 9120) in 1905.

“Hard Times Come Again No More” has been recorded countless times by an array of artists such as Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, De Danann, Kate McGarrigle and her family, James Taylor, Johnny Cash, Nanci Griffith, Ralph McTell, Willie Nelson, Jennifer Warnes and The Proclaimers, amongst others. It has also been parodied a number of times.

You can catch the Dylan version HERE!

The powerful, liturgical “Hard Times Come Again No More” is a song for the dispossessed, the trampled upon, the forgotten.

The song begins with the great line “Let us pause in life’s pleasures and count its many tears while we all sup sorrow with the poor” and strongly sympathises with those who find themselves in extremely difficult circumstances.

The heart wrenching refrain is a cry from the sorrowed soul that begs “Hard times, come again no more.”

The relevance of Foster’s great lyrics resonates from one era to the next as the greed of the wealthy elite inevitably leads not only to ongoing suffering amongst vast swathes of society – even in the better times – but over and over again too to periodic widespread economic collapse which causes universal pain, such as the “Great Depression” and this today, the “Great GOP Depression”.

We’re sure GW Bush never heard this song when he was in Office!



Stephen C. Foster – Hard Times Come Again No More


Let us pause in life’s pleasures and count its many tears
While we all sup sorrow with the poor.
There’s a song that will linger forever in our ears,
Oh, hard times, come again no more.
‘Tis the song, the sigh of the weary.
Hard times, hard times, come again no more.
Many days you have lingered all around my cabin door.
Oh, hard times, come again no more.

While we seek mirth and beauty and music light and gay.
There are frail forms fainting at the door.
Though their voices are silent, their pleading looks will say.
Oh, hard times, come again no more.
‘Tis the song, the sigh of the weary.
Hard times, hard times, come again no more.
Many days you have lingered all around my cabin door.
Oh, hard times, come again no more.

There’s pale drooping maiden who foils her life away
With a worn out heart, whose better days are o’er.
Though her voice it would be merry, ’tis sighing all the day,
Oh, hard times, come again no more.
‘Tis the song, the sigh of the weary.
Hard times, hard times, come again no more.
Many days you have lingered all around my cabin door.
Oh, hard times, come again no more.

‘Tis the song, the sigh of the weary.
Hard times, hard times, come again no more.
Many days you have lingered all around my cabin door.
Oh, hard times, come again no more.



Kate & Anna McGarrigle and friends – Hard Times Come Again No More


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February 25, 2009 Posted by | Anna McGarrigle, Emmylou Harris, Karen Matheson, Kate McGarrigle, Mary Black, Music_Folk, Rod Paterson, Rufus Wainwright, Stephen Foster, _MUSIC, _POETRY, _VIDEO | Leave a comment