Thursday, 21 July 2011

DYLAN COVER # 6 - Van Morrison - 'Just Like a Woman'

Van Morrison - 'Just Like a Woman' (1999)

Two for the price of one here, a Dylan song and Van's great voice, can it get any better? This is a great rendition by Van from 1999. Watch out for the 'cereal' inclusion, let me know if you spot it.  There are a few other live versions out there that I'm aware of, I'm sure there are more.

But what a great song, it is definitely one of my favourites, 'they' say that there are many 'references' to a 'relationship' with Edie Segwick, the model, actress who was with Andy Warhol (Supposedly??  the title 'Blonde on Blonde' also refers to E.S.).  If you watch the movie 'Factory Girl' (the story of E.S.), there is a character who is clearly having an affair with E.S., his name is not Dylan but nothing is left to the imagination who he actually is.  Not a great movie, but worth a watch.
E.S. what a babe!
The song has been covered many times but never bettered than the version done by Richie Havens on his album Mixed Bag (1967).

If you have any other versions of Just Like a Woman that you like or prefer, let me know in the comments.

It's was raining from the first
And I was dying there of thirst
So I came in here
And your long-time curse hurts
But what's worse
Is this pain in here
I can't stay in here
Ain't it clear

What poetry! Jeeeez no wonder we like Bob Dylan.

Van Morrison - Just like a woman
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22 July 2011 at 09:03

This is a beautiful version. Van certainly seems to be on form here. Cornflakes! By the way, doesn't he also sing, 'this queer in here' at one point? I could be wrong but you never know with Van The Man. Anyway, there's no denying it's a fine interpretation of one of Bob's greatest. Richie Havens's version is good, too. Charlotte Gainsbourg and Calexico play a nice one on the 'soundtrack' to 'I'm Not There'.

22 July 2011 at 09:04

I always liked the Jeff Buckley version from Live @ Sin-e, but must admit the Richie Havens is good!

22 July 2011 at 09:06

..Sorry, I mean....the Richie Havens ONE is good!

22 July 2011 at 09:13

Hey, sfw, forgot Jeff Buckley did a version. Good call, there.

22 July 2011 at 09:42

All great versions..I'M not there is fantastic Soundtrack. Shame about the film, although Cate Blanchett just about saved it.
Congrats in spoting the 'corflakes ref' a years supply of industrial strength 'all bran' on its way.

23 July 2011 at 23:43

Tough call Richie Havens or Van Morrison on this one.