Pod Dylan #88 – Every Grain of Sand


Episode 88 – Every Grain of Sand

Rob welcomes fellow podcaster Herman Louw to discuss one of Bob Dylan’s finest works, “Every Grain of Sand”, from 1981’s SHOT OF LOVE.

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3 responses to “Pod Dylan #88 – Every Grain of Sand

  1. Great song, great episode. Whatever version I listen to I am always waiting for the dog to bark, its almost part of the song for me now. Dylan, based on live performances heavily favors the “perfect finished plan” option (sorry Herman!!).

    1. Thanks for listening Phil! Yeah, like you, the dog barking is now an essential element of the song to me, and when I listen to versions that don’t have it they sound “weird” to me. I would love to find out from Bob how that ended up on the track. An accident? On purpose?

      That’s interesting that Bob, when doing this song live, goes back the original line. How DOES he remember all that?

      1. Hi Rob, I am pretty sure (though open to correction!) that he recorded that version as a demo at his studio and they had the window open and the dog was outside and barked. If thats true I am guessing that as it was a demo they just left it in because it was never intended for release.
        I am sure I read that somewhere but its possible that I invented it! The official lyrics have “reality of man” so its even more curious that almost all recorded and live versions have the “perfect finished plan” but shot of love has the original. Oh well, a bit of mystery is a good thing!

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