Monday, May 9, 2022

Dylan Cover #529 Arthur Gunn "4th Time Around"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's artists, Arthur Gunn doing a cover of "4th Time Around" 

Thoughts on 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 song. 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? Anywhichway, 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 hearing Arthur Gunn for the first time with his cover here. Not watching the show we had no idea he was a runner up on American Idol. 

Thoughts on Cover:
A very good straight ahead cover of the light acoustic number. Gunn's voice reminds of a young Rod Stewart with a rasp and desire. 

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