Annotation

Work status:

  • Had the temporary working title "Phantom Engineer"
  • This song was rehearsed and recorded as "Phantom Engineer" through at least July of 1965, though the song gradually changed over that time. The released album version was itself recorded as "Phantom Engineer". The song's name was only changed on or about July 29, 1965.
  • First copyright date: 1965-09-13
  • Copyright renewed in 1993
Annotation last modified on 2012-01-09 01:16 UTC.

Relationships

lyricist and composer:Bob Dylan (from 1965-01 until 1965-07-29)
publisher:Sony/ATV Music Publishing France
Warner/Chappell (from 1965 until 1993)
Special Rider Music (from 1993 to present)
Wikidata:Q4355197 [info]
later translated versions:Allting syns på svart (Swedish version)
version of:Phantom Engineer
Rocks and Gravel (Solid Road)

Recordings

DateTitleAttributesArtistLength
recordings
1965-06-15It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to CryBob Dylan3:23
1965-06-15It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (alternate take, 6/15/65)Bob Dylan3:34
1965-06-15It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (alternate take)Bob Dylan3:35
1965-06-15It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (take 1, 6/15/1965, complete)Bob Dylan2:41
1965-06-15It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (take 4, 6/15/1965, breakdown)Bob Dylan1:53
1965-06-15It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (take 5, 6/15/1965, false start)partialBob Dylan0:17
1965-06-15It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (take 6, 6/15/1965, breakdown)Bob Dylan1:47
1965-06-15It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (take 7, 6/15/1965, insert)Bob Dylan0:57
1965-06-15It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (take 8, 6/15/1965, complete)Bob Dylan3:29
1965-06-15It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (takes 2–3, 6/15/1965, fragments)partialBob Dylan0:18
1965-07-25It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (live at Newport Folk Festival, Freebody Park, Newport, Rhode Island - July 25, 1965)liveBob Dylan3:34
1965-07-25It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (live at the Newport Folk Festival, Newport, RI – July 1965)liveBob Dylan3:32
1965-07-29It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (officially released stereo studio recording)Bob Dylan4:09
1965-07-29It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry ("Original Mono Recordings" remaster)Bob Dylan3:30
1965-07-29It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (studio: 1965-07-29)Bob Dylan?:??
1965-07-29It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (take 1, 7/29/1965, breakdown)Bob Dylan1:51
1965-07-29It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (take 1, 7/29/1965, complete)Bob Dylan3:51
1965-07-29It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (take 2, 7/29/1965, false start)partialBob Dylan0:24
1965-07-29It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (take 2, 7/29/1965, false start)partialBob Dylan0:24
1965-07-29It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (take 3, 7/29/1965, complete)Bob Dylan3:42
1965-07-29It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (take 3, 7/29/1965, incomplete)partialBob Dylan3:13
1968-05It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to CryStephen Stills & Al Kooper3:30
1971-05-15It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (live, 1971-05-15: Newark State College, Union, NJ, USA)cover and liveDr. Zoom & The Sonic Boom7:40
1971-08-01It Takes a Lot to Laugh / It Takes a Train to Cry (live, 1971-08-01: Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York; original mix)liveBob Dylan3:09
1971-08-01It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (2005 remix)liveBob Dylan3:07
1973-01-23It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Crycover and liveJerry Garcia Band?:??
1973-01-25It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Crycover and liveGarcia-Saunders8:12
1973-06-10It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Crycover and liveGrateful Dead7:36
1973-07-10It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Crycover and liveMerl Saunders & Jerry Garcia6:21
1973-07-11It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Crycover and liveSaunders / Garcia / Kahn / Vitt7:03
1973-07-11It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Crycover and liveMerl Saunders & Jerry Garcia7:06
1975-11-19It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (live, 1975-11: Memorial Auditorium, Worcester, MA, USA)liveBob Dylan3:19
1975-11-20It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (live, 1975-11: Harvard Square Theatre, Cambridge, MA, USA)liveBob Dylan3:26
1975-11-21It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to CryliveBob Dylan3:12
1975-11-21It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (live, 1975-11-21 (evening): Boston Music Hall, Boston, MA, USA)liveBob Dylan3:29
1975-11-26It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (live, 1975-11-26: The Civic Center, Augusta, ME, USA)liveBob Dylan & GUAM?:??
1975-12-08It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (live, 1975-12: The Night of the Hurricane, Madison Square Garden, New York, NY, USA)liveBob Dylan3:32
1986-01-28It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Take a Train to Crycover and liveJerry Garcia & John Kahn6:21
1989-06-15It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (1989-06-15: Palacio de Los Deportes, Madrid, Spain)liveBob Dylan?:??
1990-02-24It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Crycover and liveThe Radiators6:14
1991-09-10It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Crycover and liveGrateful Dead4:59
1995-03-29It Takes a Lot to LaughliveBob Dylan7:04
2004-11-05It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Crycover and liveThe Radiators & David Bromberg7:00
It Takes a Lot to LaughBob Dylan4:02
It Takes a Lot to Laugh (live)liveBob Dylan5:33
It Takes a Lot to LaughBob Dylan4:04
It Takes a Lot to Laugh (feat. Guitar Jerry Garcia)liveBob Dylan8:14
It Takes a Lot to Laugh (It takes a Train to Cry)Belle Monroe and Her Brewglass Boys2:54
It Takes A Lot To Laugh (Live at the Cropredy Festival, Cropredy, UK, 2002-08-09)liveFairport Convention5:44
It Takes a Lot to Laugh (studio: 1976-04-15: "The Trio Tape": Bellevue Biltmore Hotel, Clearwater, FL, USA)Bob Dylan, Rob Stoner, Howard Wyeth & Scarlet Rivera?:??
It Takes a Lot to Laugh It Takes a Train to Cry (1965-07-25: Main Stage, Newport Folk Festival, Freebody Park, Newport, RI, USA)Bob Dylan?:??
It Takes a Lot to Laugh It Takes a Train to Cry (1995-06-25: RFK Stadium, Washington, DC, USA)liveBob Dylan & Jerry Garcia?:??
It Takes a Lot to Laugh It Takes a Train to Cry (mono mix) (1965-06-29: Columbia Recording Studios, Studio A, New York City, NY, USA)Bob Dylan?:??
It Takes a Lot to Laugh It Takes a Train to Cry (take 1) (mono mix with intro) (1965-06-15: Columbia Recording Studios, Studio A, New York City, NY, USA)Bob Dylan?:??
It Takes a Lot to Laugh It Takes a Train to Cry (take 1) (stereo mix #2) (1965-06-15: Columbia Recording Studios, Studio A, New York City, NY, USA)Bob Dylan?:??
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, it Takes a Train to Cry (live)Bob Dylan with Joan Baez, Mick Ronson (David Bowie) and Roger McGuinn (The Byrds)2:36
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to CryBob Dylan3:30
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to CryGrateful Dead5:13
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to CryAl Kooper?:??
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to CrycoverYo La Tengo2:58
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to CryBob Dylan4:09
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to CrycoverStephen Stills3:28
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to CrycoverPhoebe Snow featuring Michael McDonald3:59
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to CrycoverBlue Cheer3:13
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to CryliveBob Dylan3:43
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to CrycoverSteve Gibbons2:58
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to CrycoverMike Bloomfield, Al Kooper & Stephen Stills3:34
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to CryliveBob Dylan6:10
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to CryliveBob Dylan2:53
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to CryBob Dylan?:??
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to CryBob Dylan3:25
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to CrycoverBlue Cheer3:18
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to CrycoverBig Barn Bed3:17
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to CrycoverLittle Feat6:08
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to CrycoverLittle Feat8:49
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to CrycoverChris Wilson6:12
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to CryBob Dylan3:36
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (1997-04-20: William T. Boylan Gymnasium-Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ, USA)liveBob Dylan?:??
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to CryBob Dylan4:06
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (1996-11-15: Stephens Auditorium, Stephens College, Columbia, MO, USA)liveBob Dylan?:??
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (1974-01-09: Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON, Canada)liveBob Dylan & The Band?:??
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (1990-07-07: Torhout-Werchter Rock Festival, Torhout, Belgium)liveBob Dylan?:??
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to CrycoverRay Bonneville2:58
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to CrycoverWet Dog3:12
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (original mono studio mix)Bob Dylan3:25
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to CrycoverTaj Mahal4:32
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to CrycoverToto3:52
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to CryBob Dylan?:??
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Crycover and liveThe Radiators6:07
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to CryliveGrateful Dead4:59
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (1996-05-08: The Palace, Columbus, OH, USA)liveBob Dylan?:??
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to CryliveBob Dylan3:50
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to CryBob Dylan3:22
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (live)liveBob Dylan3:52
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to CryliveBob Dylan feat. Robbie Robertson?:??
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to CryliveBob Dylan3:56
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to CryliveBob Dylan3:11
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to CryliveBob Dylan8:58
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (1988-06-10: Greek Theatre, Berkeley, CA, USA)liveBob Dylan5:54
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to CryliveBob Dylan3:07
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