Bob Dylan

Tonight I'll Be Staying Here with You

Composed by Bob Dylan

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Generally regarded as the most fully realized song on Nashville Skyline, this is also the song in which Dylan gives the most committed vocal on the album, and a song which is often claimed as one of Dylan's own personal favorites. Once again following a traditional country structure (I-IV-V chord progression), this song is highlighted by some wonderful rolling piano and, as with most of the album, a tremendously fluid bass line. It would appear in the lyrics of this song that Dylan was ready to become a family man, ready to abandon his "outlaw" image. Lyrics such as "For your loves comes on so strong/And I've waited all day long/For tonight, when I'll be staying here with you" are filled with real sincerity and tenderness, with the singer's voice caressing each word. As with most of the album, the actual artistic achievement of this song may be modest (especially compared to Dylan's earlier works), but as a simple, stately country song it is a delight. Unlike many of the more throwaway tracks on the album, Dylan has regularly performed the song in concert, highlighted by a raucous version on his Rolling Thunder Revue tour. Released as a single, it broke the Top 20 in many countries and hence is a popular choice for other artists. Both Jeff Beck and Albert Lee have recorded interesting versions of it, although most seem to lack the charm of the composer's own take on the song.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Nashville Skyline 1969 Sony Music
Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 1971 Audio Fidelity 3:23
Nashville Skyline/New Morning/John Wesley Harding 1997 Legacy / Columbia 3:23
Nashville Skyline/John Wesley Harding 2006 Sony Music Distribution 3:23
Playlist: The Very Best of Bob Dylan '60s 2008 Columbia / Legacy / Sony Music Entertainment 3:23
The Complete Album Collection, Vol. 1 2013 Columbia Records / Sony Music 3:22
The Real... Columbia 3:25
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