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Ladies and gentlemen ... Bob Dylan and ... Santa Claus [Nov. 27th, 2009|08:19 pm]
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[User Picture]From: jade_noir
2009-11-28 03:21 pm (UTC)

what the hell

that was painful.
Dylan must have been really really out of it when he made that.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2009-11-28 07:09 pm (UTC)

Re: what the hell

With resptect, I completely disagree.

"Who laughs this way, ho ho ho?"

It's the exuberant, goofy joy of it that I love. And the wig. And the resigned exchange of glances between Bob and Santa at the end. And the accordions. And ... well, just the fun of it, you know?

It reminds me a little of "God Gave Names to All the Animals" from Slow Train Coming, though in this case Dylan can neither be credited nor faulted for writing it.
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[User Picture]From: mijopo
2009-11-29 03:43 am (UTC)
Loved this, not sure why it hasn't become a Christmas novelty favorite.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2009-11-30 12:34 am (UTC)

Me too (obviously)

The song itself has apparently been around for a while, but Dylan's version is pretty new. Personally, I'm betting it's going to become a perennial favourite. (And actually so might the entire album, though I realize not everyone is going to be enamoured of that broken voice "crooning" Christmas carols. Time has not been as kind to Dylan's voice as it has been to, say, Leonard Cohen's — though I must quickly add I think Dylan still uses what he has brilliantly.
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