Annotation

Work status:

  • Originally titled "Talking Bear Mt."
  • First copyright date: 1962-05-07
  • Copyright renewed in 1990
  • The lyrics for this song were part of the "MacKenzie papers".
  • The lyrics to this song were first published in Isis #45.
  • This is one of the songs Bob Dylan listed in 1962 as his 'repertoire'. It has been suggested that this list was either a potential album tracklist, if he'd had a record deal at the time, or else a list of the songs to be played for John Hammond at an informal audition on or about 1962-09-10:

                 1. Dope Fiend Robber
                 2. Talking Bear Mt. (later retitled "Talking Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues")
                 3. Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Blues
                 4. Over the Road I’m Bound To Go (later retitled "Sally Gal")
                 5. California Brown Eyed Baby
                 6. I Hear a Train A'Rolling
                 7. Rocking Chair
                      * An earlier version of the list shows B.U.P. instead of Rocking Chair.
                 8. Old Man (John Doe) (later retitled "Man on the Street")
                 9. Get Where I’m Going (aka I’ll Get Where I’m Going Some Day)
                 10. Woody’s Song (later retitled "Song to Woody")
                 11. Talking New York Town (later retitled "Talkin' New York")
                 12. Great Chicagonian

Annotation last modified on 2012-01-08 04:12 UTC.

Relationships

lyricist and composer:Bob Dylan (in 1961)
publisher:Duchess Music Corporation (from 1962 until 1964)
MCA Music (not for release label use! this is a music publisher, ASCAP-affiliated) (from 1964 to present)

Recordings

DateTitleAttributesArtistLength
performance
1961-11-04Talkin' Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues (live, 1961-11-04: Carnegie Chapter Hall, New York City, NY, USA)liveBob Dylan4:37
1961-11-04Talkin' Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues (Carnegie Chapter Hall, NYC, 4th Nov, 1961)liveBob Dylan4:25
Talkin' Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre BluesBob Dylan?:??
Talkin' Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre BluesBob Dylan?:??
Talkin' Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre BluesBob Dylan?:??
Talkin' Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre BluesBob Dylan3:44
Talkin' Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre BluesliveBob Dylan6:15
Talkin' Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre BluesliveBob Dylan6:16
Talkin' Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues (Leeds)liveBob Dylan3:42
Talkin’ Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues (1962-01-xx: Leeds Music studio session)Bob Dylan?:??
Talking Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre BluesliveBob Dylan5:44
Talking Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre BluesBob Dylan6:12
Talking Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre BluesBob Dylan2:59
Talking Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre BluesliveBob Dylan6:20
Talking Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre BluesBob Dylan3:42
Talking Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre BluesBob Dylan3:45
Talking Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues (Mx. Co 70102-2)Bob Dylan?:??