THE BOB DYLAN SONGBOOKS

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Sheet Music

A Fool Such As I

A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
Acetates Sheets Music (The)
All Along The Watchtower

All I Really Want To Do

Baby, I'm In The Mood For You

Baby Let Me Follow You Down

Baby Stop Crying

Ballad Of Hollis Brown

Ballad Of Ira Hayes (The)

Blowin' In The Wind

Bob Dylan's Blues

Bob Dylan's 115th Dream

Boots Of Spanish Leather

Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?

Collector's Series (The)

Corrina, Corrina

Desolation Row

Don't Think Twice, It's Allright

Eternal Circle

Exact And Accurate Transcripts

Farewell Angelina

Forever Young

Girl From The North Country

Gotta Serve Somebody

Guess I'm Doin' Fine

Gypsy Lou

Hard Times In New York Town
He Was A Friend Of Mine

Heart Of Mine

Hero Blues

Hurricane

I Don't Believe You

I Shall Be released

I Want You

I Was Young When I Left Home

I'll Be Your Baby Tonight

If Not For You

If You Gotta Go, Go Now

In My Time Of Dyin'

It Ain't Me Babe

It's All Nover Now, Baby Blue

Just Like A Woman

Knockin' On Heaven's Door

Lay Lady Lay

Lay Down Your Weary Tune

Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat

Let Me Die In My Footsteps

Like A Rolling Stone

Long Ago Far Away

Love Is Just A Four Letter Word

Make You Feel My Love

Man Of Constant Sorrow
Masters Of War

Mr Tambourine Man

Moonshiner
Motorpsycho Nitemare

Mozambique

My Back Pages

North Country Blues

On A Night Like This

One Of Us Must Know

One Too Many Mornings
Only A Hobo

Outlaw Blues

Oxford Town

Percy's Song

Positively 4th Street

Quinn The Eskimo (Mighty Quinn)

Quit Your Lowdown Ways

Rainy Day Women #12 & 35

Restless Farewell

Rita May

Rocks And Gravel

See That My Grave Is Kept Clean
Seven Curses
Song To Woody
Spanish Harlem Incident

Subterranean Homesick Blues

Suze The Cough Song

Sweetheart Like You

Take A Message To Mary

Talkin' Bear Mountain Massacre Picnic Blues

Talkin' World War III Blues

Tangled Up In Blue

That's All Right, Mama

The Times They Are A-Changin'

Things Have Changed

This Wheel's On Fire

Tight Connection To My Heart

Tomorrow Is A Long Time

Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You

Trouble In Mind

Walkin' Down The Line

Watching The River Flow

Whatcha Gonna Do

When I Paint My Masterpiece
When The Ship Comes In
Who Killed Davey Moore?

Wigwam

Worried Blues

 

 
 

"When the Ship Comes In" is a folk music song by Bob Dylan, released on his third album, The Times They Are a-Changin', in 1964.
Joan Baez states in the documentary film No Direction Home that the song was, more or less, inspired by a hotel clerk who refused to allow Dylan a room due to his "unwashed" appearance (he was not famous outside of the folk movement at this time). The song then grew into a sprawling epic allegory about vanquishing the oppressive "powers that be". Another inspiration was the Bertolt Brecht/Kurt Weill song, "Pirate Jenny".
According to biographer Clinton Heylin, "When The Ship Comes In" was written in August 1963 "in a fit of pique, in a hotel room, after his unkempt appearance had led an impertinent hotel clerk to refuse him admission until his companion, Joan Baez, had vouched for his good character". Heylin speculates that "Jenny's Song" from Brecht and Weill's Threepenny Opera was also an inspiration: "As Pirate Jenny dreams of the destruction of all her enemies by a mysterious ship, so Dylan envisages the neophobes being swept aside in 'the hour when the ship comes in'." Dylan's former girlfriend Suze Rotolo recalls that her "interest in Brecht was certainly an influence on him. I was working for the Circle in the Square Theater and he came to listen all the time. He was very affected by the song that Lotte Lenya's known for, 'Pirate Jenny'."
Shortly after Dylan wrote the song, he and Baez performed it together at the March on Washington on August 28, 1963. Dylan later performed the song at Carnegie Hall on October 26, 1963; this performance is recorded on The Bootleg Series Vol. 7: No Direction Home: The Soundtrack (2005).
Dylan performed the song during Live Aid on July 13, 1985, accompanied by Keith Richards and Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones.

'Peter, Paul and Mary Sing Bob Dylan' [0918]

French version, as sung by Dylan's friend Hugues Aufray. French lyrics by Pierre Delanoë. Issued on the LP Aufray Chante Dylan (1965). Société Intercontinentale de Musique