Lonesome Day Blues

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"Lonesome Day Blues" is the fifth song on Bob Dylan's 2001 album "Love and Theft".[1] According to engineer Chris Shaw, it was the first song recorded for the album and "really set the mood for that whole record."[2]

Critical Reception

Music journalist Hank Shteamer, writing in a Rolling Stone article on "The 25 Best Bob Dylan songs of the 21st Century", where it placed 20th, called the song "a loose and raucous 12-bar shuffle in the spirit of classics like 'Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat,' where (Dylan) throws narrative out the window and simply riffs." Shteamer also noted that, although Dylan had been experimenting with blues forms for over 40 years when he recorded it, "he’d rarely sounded like he was having more fun with the genre than he did on “Lonesome Day Blues.”[3]

Other versions

A live version from a Dylan concert in 2002 is included in The Bootleg Series Vol. 8 – Tell Tale Signs (2008).

The British-Irish folk-rock band The Waterboys, and its lead singer Mike Scott (musician) in solo performance, have covered the song on numerous occasions over the years.[4][5]

In the media


  1. "Love and Theft". Rolling Stone. September 4, 2001.
  2. "Recording With Bob Dylan, Chris Shaw Tells All!". UNCUT. 2008-10-27. Retrieved 2020-12-13.
  3. Vozick-Levinson, Jon Dolan,Patrick Doyle,Andy Greene,Brian Hiatt,Angie Martoccio,Rob Sheffield,Hank Shteamer,Simon; Dolan, Jon; Doyle, Patrick; Greene, Andy; Hiatt, Brian; Martoccio, Angie; Sheffield, Rob; Shteamer, Hank; Vozick-Levinson, Simon (2020-06-18). "The 25 Best Bob Dylan Songs of the 21st Century". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2020-12-13.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  4. "The Waterboys Setlist at Flygeln, Norrköping". setlist.fm. Retrieved 2020-12-13.
  5. "Road Photos 2016 - The Waterboys". waterboys.org.uk. Retrieved 2020-12-13.

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