Bob Dylan – New York, NY (11/04/61)

Bob Dylan
Carnegie Chapter Hall
New York City, New York
4 November 1961

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  1. Pretty Peggy-O (trad.)
  2. In The Pines (Huddie “Leadbelly” Leadbetter)
  3. Gospel Plow (trad.)
  4. 1913 Massacre (Woody Guthrie)
  5. Backwater Blues (Bessie Smith)
  6. A Long Time A-Growin’ (trad.)
  7. Fixin’ To Die (Bukka White)
  8. San Francisco Bay Blues (Jesse Fuller)
  9. Car Song (Woody Guthrie)
  10. Talking Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues
  11. Man On The Street
  12. Sally Gal
  13. This Land Is Your Land (Woody Guthrie)
  14. Talking Merchant Marine (Woody Guthrie)
  15. Black Cross (Lord Buckley)
  16. He Was A Friend Of Mine
  17. Pretty Polly (trad.)
  18. House Of The Risin’ Sun (trad.)
  19. The Cuckoo Is A Pretty Bird (trad.)
  20. Freight Train Blues (John Lair)
  21. Song To Woody
  22. Talkin’ New York

Bob Dylan (vocal & acoustic guitar).

1, 2, 10, 11, 13  Bob Dylan (harmonica).


Thank you. Kind of got lost coming up here tonight. Took a subway. Got off somewhere on 156th Street started walking back. I got hung up in a Cadillac store an …, So I’m not here on time. Almost run over by a bus, so I took another subway. On to 34th street an I walked up here. Come pretty prepared tonight I got a list on my guitar. This is a new list. I used to have one on my guitar about a month ago, that was no good. Figured I’d get a good list. So I went around an put the list on first. Then I went around to other guitar players an I sort of looked at their list, copied down songs on mine. Some of these I don’t know so good. Well. Let’s see here. Here’s a (need to leave the stage (off mike)) that’s fine. Here I go. This is story about a little girl running all over, finding out about life. She’s going out at night coming home keeping late hours. Finding out just what makes up life, 11 years old. (after Pretty Peggy-O)

First came here. I used to spend a lot of time with Woody Guthrie. February last February. This is one of Woodys songs. I’ll sing a couple more. This is one, one of a group of two. (before 1913 Massacre).

Thanks. Here’s a song I guess just about everybody knows. Leadbelly used to sing this. (before Backwater Blues).

Here’s a …, here’s a. I must admit before I came I learned plenty folk songs in New York. I learned about, … well since I been here now since …, February, last February. I’ve learned about oh, 4 or 5 new songs I never heard about before. An one I never heard about was this one. There’s this Irishman. Lian, … Liam Clancy. Sings this one. Err, This is err a straight copy. Straight imitation. I don’t imitate the voice much, I can’t get that accent quite good enough. This is an Irish one though. Very sad song. Maybe this the American version of the Irish version of Liam Clancys version. Heard Liam sing this in the Whitehorse Bar, Irish bar. (before A Long Time A-Growing).

Unauthorized releases

(The release is unauthorized and is not associated with or approved by Bob Dylan or his current recording label)

1-7, 10, 11, 14, 15, 20-22 released in the UK on CARNEGIE CHAPTER HALL 1961, Bob Dylan Archive BDACD102, 20 February 2012.

2, 4, 10, 11, 14, 21 released on Bob Dylan Folk Singer-Humdinger, Smith & Co SCCD 2488, 7 January 2013.

Official releases

Fragment of 10 appears on the DVD NO DIRECTION HOME, October 2005.

13 released on THE BOOTLEG SERIES VOL 7. NO DIRECTION HOME: THE SOUNDTRACK, Columbia Legacy CD 520358 2, 30 August 2005.


Tracks 8, 9, 12, 16-19 are not in general circulation.

Incomplete mono PA recording, 40 minutes.

Session info updated 21 August 2015.

3 thoughts on “Bob Dylan – New York, NY (11/04/61)

  1. Interesting. I downloaded a version of this performance years ago, but mine only contains 15 tracks. I guess it was incomplete. This will be a nice upgrade. Thanks, Mat.

  2. Okay, I misunderstood the description above. Turns out tracks 8, 9, 12, 16-19 from the list above are NOT included in the download, so it only includes the 15 songs I already had. Still, this is an upgrade for me in terms of bit rate.

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