Newport '65

from by Danny Schmidt




This song is about Dylan's musical transformation in 1965 from the flag bearer of the folk movement to the stream-of-consciousness channeler of the youth culture's rising malaise. And it's about the dissonance sometimes between an artist's own creative identity and the identity that's built in the minds of his or her audience. It can be an uncomfortable tension.



You danced with the bar girls and sang with the band
And you poured every round through the holes in your hands
Til their cups runneth over with the blood of the man
On the lips of the faithful and mean
With a love that was fierce and obscene

You were the shepherd and they were the sheep
And they marched in a line with their backs to the beat
Til you taught them to follow the souls of their feet
Then they trampled your words in the grass
With a mighty wind thick at their backs

The path of the prophet is crooked and cruel
When every false turn means a fall from the truth
And every new road’s a betrayal of proof
They'll scream and they'll squeeze you for more
Of the visions you showed them before

Come gather round people wherever you roam
And admit that you've stripped your own god to the bone
And accept it that soon you'll be praying alone
Like you never had listened at all
As if you never had listened at all

So you asked them, at last, if they’d lend you a hand
And of course they would give you their last grain of sand
So you begged them to kneel at the sins of their friends
And they fell and they wept for their loss
As you climbed them and stepped to the cross


from Standard Deviation, released March 8, 2019

Danny Schmidt - Vocal & Guitar
Colin Agnew - Drums & Percussion
Will Robertson - Bass & Keyboards
Southpaw Jones: Harmonica
Mira Stanley Costa - Harmony Vocals
Cara May Gorman - Harmony Vocals
Carrie Elkin - Harmony Vocals


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Danny Schmidt Austin, Texas

Named to the Chicago Tribune's "50 Most Significant Songwriters in the Last 50 Years," Austin, TX-based singer/songwriter Danny Schmidt is considered a preeminent writer, an artist whose earthy poetry manages to somehow conjure magic from the mundane, with lyrical depth drawing comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Townes Van Zandt. ... more

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