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YOU AIN'T GOIN' NOWHERE
   (Bob Dylan)


Clouds so swift
Rain won't lift
Gate won't close
Railings froze
Get your mind off wintertime
You ain't goin' nowhere
Whoo-ee! Ride me high
Tomorrow's the day
My bride's gonna come
Oh, oh, are we gonna fly
Down in the easy chair!

I don't care
How many letters they sent
Morning came and morning went
Pack up your money
Pick up your tent
You ain't goin' nowhere
Whoo-ee! Ride me high
Tomorrow's the day
My bride's gonna come
Oh, oh, are we gonna fly
Down in the easy chair!

Buy me a flute
And a gun that shoots
Tailgates and substitutes
Strap yourself
To the tree with roots
You ain't goin' nowhere
Whoo-ee! Ride me high
Tomorrow's the day
My bride's gonna come
Oh, oh, are we gonna fly
Down in the easy chair!

Genghis Khan
He could not keep
All his kings
Supplied with sleep
We'll climb that hill no matter how steep
When we get up to it
Whoo-ee! Ride me high
Tomorrow's the day
My bride's gonna come
Oh, oh, are we gonna fly
Down in the easy chair!


Copyright 1967    Dwarf Music
The Byrds   "Sweetheart Of The Rodeo"
Columbia Records  1968

 


single 2008
You Ain't Goin' Nowhere
Lover Of The Bayou

 

 

 


The story of 'Pick up your money, pack up your tent'

Late in 1967, Bob Dylan and the Band got together in the basement of "Big Pink" (a house in Woodstock that a few members of the band owned) and recorded a dozen or so songs. Dylan and the Band had been jamming for most of 1967, mostly recording cover songs of other artists, but as time went by, Dylan soon began coming up with new songs of his own (including a couple of songs he co-wrote with members of the Band).
These songs were generally intended to be demos for other artists to hear to see if they wanted to do their own versions of the songs. These almost mythological jam sessions were officially released in 1975 as The Basement Tapes.

The Byrds changed a line in the song (seemingly by accident, as it is a small change that would seem too slight to be purposeful). Instead of saying 'Pick up your money, pack up your tent,' the Byrds say 'Pack up your money, pick up your tent.'

In 1971, Dylan decided to record some of his Basement Tape recordings to put on to his 1971 Greatest Hits Volume 2. One of the songs he chose was "You Ainít Goin' Nowhere."
Dylan decided to take the opportunity to take a good-natured swipe at Roger McGuinn by changing the lyrics HIMSELF to basically the Byrds' new lyric, only adding, 'Pack up your money, put up your tent, McGuinn.' McGuinn seemed to be delighted at the attention, and I know Iíve seen him talk about the line a number of times over the years.

In 1989, McGuinn guested on the Nitty Gritty Dirt Bandís all-star second volume of their classic 1972 album Volume Two (an all-star album) The first single off of the album was a cover of 'You Ainít Goin' Nowhere,' sung as a duet between Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman (their first time singing together in years). On the tune, McGuinn gets his revenge, of sorts, by changing the lyrics once again to: 'Pack up your money, pick up your tent, Dylan.'
(Brian Cronin 2012)


The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 1989