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Song of the Weekend: Jakob Dylan – “Nothing But the Whole Wide World”


I can’t imagine what it was like growing up in the musical shadow of Bob Dylan.  And, then to have the courage to follow in his footsteps and carve out your own successful artistic path – what pressure.  The comparisons were inevitable and the stakes so high that it would have been easy to fail or give up.  It also is alot to expect that songwriting talent at this level would exist in more than one person in a family. Yet Jakob Dylan persevered and his career to date clearly stands on its own merit.

His songs are easy to listen to yet often profound in their meaning.  I often find myself drifting away when I hear them and blocking everything else out.  Instead of merely serving as background music to whatever is taking place they demand more attention.   Like his dad, he is as much of a storyteller as songwriter and you want to hear the story and/or catch the vibe.  He truly is a special talent.  Dad must be very proud.

I chose the song “Nothing But The Whole World” because I believe it is one of his best.   I’ve always felt that the best songwriters can easily make a living with just their own talent and a guitar (or other instrument).  They can walk in any bar or concert hall and immediately capture your attention. The music sounds best when it is raw and pure.  There is no need for excessive noise or production.   The video I found is of him playing in an office environment at NPR and it sounds great.  I hope you enjoy the moment.

Nothing but the whole wide world to gain
nothing, nothing
Got nothing but the whole wide world to gain
nothing, nothing
Got nothing but the whole wide, whole wide world to gain

I’m here on the blacktop
The sun in my eyes
Women and country on my mind
Bolting me out
Over the borderline

Now there’s no more love loss and no more shame
No more digging holes or graves
Nothing to lose but rivets and chains
Got nothing but the whole wide world to gain

Nothing but the whole wide world to gain
nothing, nothing
Got nothing but the whole wide world to gain
nothing, nothing
Got nothing but the whole wide, whole wide world to gain

Was born in a stable and built like an ox
Down in the pastures I learned how to walk
Mama, she raised me to sing and just let ’em talk
Said no rich man’s worth his weight in dust
Bury him down same as they’ll do us
God wants us busy, never giving up
He wants nothing but the whole wide world for us

Nothing but the whole wide world for us
nothing, nothing
Well there’s nothing but the whole wide world for us
nothing, nothing
Well there’s nothing but the whole wide, whole wide world for us

We ain’t got no money, can’t get no love
Never was too good at either of ’em
I’m here for adventure whichever way it comes
But what good is an angel that won’t catch up
Free falling now and I’m ready enough
I give my tears and I give my blood
I give nothing but the whole wide world for one

Nothing but the whole wide world for one
nothing, nothing
Give nothing but the whole wide world for one
nothing, nothing
Give nothing but the whole wide, whole wide world for one

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One Response

  1. He’s amazing:) Have you seen the new vid he did with The Wallflowers? http://www.vevo.com/watch/the-wallflowers/reboot-the-mission/USSM21200993

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