Monday, December 11, 2017

Dylan Cover #305 Oren Lavie "Fourth Time Around"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a cover by Oren Lavie doing "Fourth Time Around"

Thoughts On Dylan Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this song:
This is a weird one, as I heard this track after I had already fallen in love with The Beatles"Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" and didn't know what Dylan was getting at with this track. After checking out Wikipedia, I guess I am not alone as John Lennon was all over the map with his reactions to it. The music is the same and the lyrics are a mix of lazy and nonsense, reading into anything Dylan says too heavily can cause one to go mad, but why he chose to do this song so close to when the Beatles had their first lyrical success is a mystery. social commentary, goof, stoned malaise? Either way, the song was never one of my favorites and not up to anywhere near the version he was praising or mocking, take your pick.


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
RtBE is unfamiliar with Mr. Lavie's work. After listening to this cover we learned that he is an Israeli songwriter, author, theatre and video director.

Thoughts on Cover:
This is a cool one that seems to take as much inspiration from The Beatles as it does from Dylan. A neat trick seeing as they are the reason Dylan wrote this tune. Trippy, Eastern and to the point. A good cover of a light song. 

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