Saturday, July 20, 2013

Bob Dylan in Toronto: Twelve Gates to the City

Dylan is in fine form last Monday and interacting with the audience. The lyrics from his song are from Revelation 21 where the Apostle John sees a "new heaven and a new earth," writing:

One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south and three on the west. The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

Rev. 21: 9-14

At this stop in Toronto Monday night, Bob Dylan invited members of two of his opening acts back on stage - Jeff Tweedy of Wilco and Jim James of My Morning Jacket - for an impromptu rendition of Twelve Gates of the City, with Dylan inviting the audience to sing along. Like old old times.

Here is a video from the performance via cell phone:

Read the article here.

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