A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL
Oh, where have you been, my blue-eyed son?
Oh, where have you been, my darling young one?
I've stumbled on the side of twelve misty mountains,
I've walked and I've crawled on six crooked highways,
I've stepped in the middle of seven sad forests,
I've been out in front of a dozen dead oceans,
I've been ten thousand miles in the mouth of a graveyard,
And it's a hard, and it's a hard, it's a hard, and it's a hard,
And it's a hard rain's a-gonna fall.
Oh, what did you see, my blue-eyed son?
Oh, what did you see, my darling young one?
I saw a newborn baby with wild wolves all around it
I saw a highway of diamonds with nobody on it,
I saw a black branch with blood that kept drippin',
I saw a room full of men with their hammers a-bleedin',
I saw a white ladder all covered with water,
I saw ten thousand talkers whose tongues were all broken,
I saw guns and sharp swords in the hands of young children,
And it's a hard, and it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard,
And it's a hard rain's a-gonna fall.
And what did you hear, my blue-eyed son?
And what did you hear, my darling young one?
I heard the sound of a thunder, it roared out a warnin',
Heard the roar of a wave that could drown the whole world,
Heard one hundred drummers whose hands were a-blazin',
Heard ten thousand whisperin' and nobody listenin',
Heard one person starve, I heard many people laughin',
Heard the song of a poet who died in the gutter,
Heard the sound of a clown who cried in the alley,
And it's a hard, and it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard,
And it's a hard rain's a-gonna fall.
Oh, who did you meet, my blue-eyed son?
Who did you meet, my darling young one?
I met a young child beside a dead pony,
I met a white man who walked a black dog,
I met a young woman whose body was burning,
I met a young girl, she gave me a rainbow,
I met one man who was wounded in love,
I met another man who was wounded with hatred,
And it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard,
It's a hard rain's a-gonna fall.
Oh, what'll you do now, my blue-eyed son?
Oh, what'll you do now, my darling young one?
I'm a-goin' back out 'fore the rain starts a-fallin',
I'll walk to the depths of the deepest black forest,
Where the people are many and their hands are all empty,
Where the pellets of poison are flooding their waters,
Where the home in the valley meets the damp dirty prison,
Where the executioner's face is always well hidden,
Where hunger is ugly, where souls are forgotten,
Where black is the color, where none is the number,
And I'll tell it and think it and speak it and breathe it,
And reflect it from the mountain so all souls can see it,
Then I'll stand on the ocean until I start sinkin',
But I'll know my song well before I start singin',
And it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard,
It's a hard rain's a-gonna fall.
PERFORMANCES SINCE 1998
1998.01.20, NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
1998.01.24, BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
1998.06.02, LEIPZIG, GERMANY
1998.06.20, NEWCASTLE, ENGLAND
1998.06.27, LONDON, ENGLAND
1998.07.01, DIJON, FRANCE
1998.07.06, LUCCA, ITALY
1998.11.02, SYRACUSE, NEW YORK
1999.01.30, TAMPA, FLORIDA
1999.04.21, ZARAGOZA, SPAIN
1999.04.25, ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
1999.04.28, LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA
1999.04.30, VIENNA, AUSTRIA
1999.06.14, EUGENE, OREGON
1999.07.06, DETROIT, MICHIGAN
1999.07.27, NEW YORK CITY
1999.11.03, COLUMBUS, OHIO
1999.11.14, WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS
1999.11.19, ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY
2000.04.05, SALINA, KANSAS
2000.05.21, HORSENS, DENMARK
2000.07.11, CINCINNATI, OHIO
2000.09.25, PORTSMOUTH, ENGLAND
2001.03.02, YOKOHAMA, JAPAN
2001.03.13, HAMAMATSU, JAPAN
2001.03.21, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
2001.03.25, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
2001.04.25, CAPE GIRADEAU, MISSOURI
2001.06.28, LANGESUND, NORWAY
2001.07.05, BRAUNSCHWEIG, GERMANY
2001.07.18, BAD REICHENHALL, GERMANY
2001.08.15, OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA
2001.08.20, TELLURIDE, COLORADO
2001.08.25, LANCASTER, CALIFORNIA
2001.10.06, SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
2001.10.12, SAN JOSÉ, CALIFORNIA
2001.10.13, SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
2001.10.14, SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA
2001.10.23, SIOUX CITY, IOWA
2001.10.25, ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA
2001.10.31, MADISON, WISCONSIN
2001.11.08, TORONTO, CANADA
2001.11.09, DETROIT, MICHIGAN
2001.11.15, WASHINGTON, D.C.
2001.11.17, PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA
2001.11.19, NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
2001.11.24, BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
2002.02.08, WINSTON-SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA
2002.02.11, CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA
2002.02.15, AUGUSTA, GEORGIA
2002.02.17, NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
2002.02.23, BOSSIER CITY, LOUISIANA
2002.04.09, HAMBURG, GERMANY
2002.04.16, STUTTGART, GERMANY
2002.04.21, ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
2002.04.25, STRASBOURG, FRANCE
2002.04.29, PARIS, FRANCE
2002.05.05, BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND
2002.05.08, NEWCASTLE, ENGLAND
2002.05.12, LONDON, ENGLAND
2002.08.12, MONTRÉAL, QUEBEC, CANADA
2002.10.07, RED BLUFF, CALIFORNIA
2002.10.11, BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA
2003.04.25, NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
2003.07.19, LAKE TAHOE, NEVADA
2003.08.02, JOLIET, ILLINOIS
2003.08.09, HOLMDEL, NEW JERSEY
2003.08.17, WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT
2003.11.25, LONDON, ENGLAND
2004.03.31, PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA
2004.04.03, WASHINGTON, D.C
2004.07.03, COMO, ITALY
2004.07.10, MOTRIL, SPAIN
2004.07.15, LEÓN, SPAIN
2004.08.12, ABERDEEN, MARYLAND
2004.08.28, DES MOINES, IOWA
2004.10.21, SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA
2004.10.30, KENOSHA, WISCONSIN
2004.11.03, WEST LAFAYETTE, INDIANA
2004.11.17, KINGSTON, RHODE ISLAND
2005.04.03, CHIGAGO, ILLINOIS
2005.04.17, BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
2005.04.24, ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY
2005.04.28, NEW YORK, NEW YORK
2005.06.01, CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE
2005.06.16, CAMDEN, NEW JERSEY
2005.07.24, CALGARY, ALBERTA
2005.07.27, BOZEMAN, MONTANA
2005.10.30, WETZLAR, GERMANY
2005.11.03, PARIS, FRANCE
2005.11.06, ERFURT, GERMANY
2005.11.10, BOLOGNA, ITALY
2005.11.16, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND
2005.11.23, LONDON, ENGLAND
2006.04.24, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
2006.07.12, PERPIGNAN, FRANCE
2006.07.19, FOGGIA, ITALY
2006.08.18, WINSTON-SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA
2006.08.24, PAWTUCKET, RHODE ISLAND
2006.08.27, MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE
2006.10.13, SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
2006.10.25, LINCOLN, NEBRASKA
2007.03.27, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
2007.03.28, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
2007.03.30, OSLO, NORWAY
2007.04.04, HAMBURG, GERMANY
2007.04.11, GLASGOW, SCOTLAND
2007.04.21, FRANKFURT, GERMANY
2007.07.10, INTERLOCHEN, MICHIGAN
2007.08.15, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
2007.08.23, PERTH, AUSTRALIA
2007.09.27, CHARLOTTSVILLE, VIRGINIA
2008.03.02, GUADALAJARA, MEXICO
2008.03.06, SAO PAULO, BRAZIL
2008.03.20, PUNTA DEL ESTE, URUGUAY
2008.06.05, VILNIUS, LITHUANIA
2008.06.16, BERGAMO, ITALY
2008.06.19, GRENOBLE, FRANCE
2008.06.23, ZARAGOZA, SPAIN
2008.07.10, MÉRIDA , SPAIN
2008.08.24, EVANSVILLE , INDIANA
2008.08.28, KANSAS CITY , MISSOURI
2008.09.04, TEMECULA , CALIFORNIA
2008.09.07, SANTA BARBARA , CALIFORNIA
2008.10.23, VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA , CANADA
2008.10.30, LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA , CANADA
2008.11.06, MILWAUKEE , WISCONSIN
2008.11.09, SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO , CANADA
2008.11.13, SUDBURY, ONTARIO , CANADA
2009.03.25, OSLO, NORWAY
2009.04.02, ERFURT, GERMANY
2009.04.15, MILANO, ITALY
2009.07.08, LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY
2009.07.23, LAKEWOOD, NEW JERSEY
2009.07.30, ALPHARETTA, GEORGIA
2009.10.11, BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA
2009.11.02, BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA
2009.11.05, CANTON, OHIO
2009.11.17, NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
2010.03.11, OSAKA, JAPAN
2010.03.18, NAGOYA, JAPAN
2010.03.25, TOKYO, JAPAN
2010.05.31, ISTANBUL, TURKEY
2010.06.01, SOFIA, BULGARIA
2010.10.07, TAMPA, FLORIDA
2010.10.14, CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA
2010.10.21, ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
2010.10.26, EAST LANSING, MICHIGAN
2010.11.04, COLUMBUS, OHIO
2010.11.14, WEST LONG BRANCH, NEW JERSEY
2010.11.19, AMHERST, MASSACHUSETTS
2010.11.23, NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
2011.04.06, BEIJING, CHINA
2011.04.10, HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM
2011.04.13, KOWLOON BAY, HONG KONG
2011.04.17, FREMANTLE, AUSTRALIA
2011.04.19, ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA
2011.04.21, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
2011.04.25, BYRON BAY, AUSTRALIA
2011.04.27, DARLING HARBOUR, AUSTRALIA
2011.06.18, LONDON, ENGLAND
2011.06.20, TEL AVIV, ISRAEL
2011.06.24, SURSEE, SWITZERLAND
2011.06.27, ODENSE, DENMARK
2011.06.30, OSLO, NORWAY
2011.07.02, BORLÄNGE, SWEDEN
2011.07.14, SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA
2011.07.15, COSTA MESA, CALIFORNIA
2011.07.28, ATLANTA, GEORGIA
2011.10.08, GLASGOW, SCOTLAND
2011.10.10, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND
2011.10.13, CARDIFF, WALES
2011.10.16, LILLE, FRANCE
2011.10.19, ANTWERP, BELGIUM
2011.10.20, ROTTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
2011.10.23, OBERHAUSEN, GERMANY
2011.10.26, MUNICH, GERMANY
2011.10.27, LEIPZIG, GERMANY
2011.11.03, MALMO, SWEDEN
2011.11.16, ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
2011.11.19, LONDON, ENGLAND
2012.04.17, BRASILIA, BRAZIL
2012.04.21, SAO PAULO, BRAZIL
2012.04.26, BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
2012.04.28, BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
2012.05.05, HEREDIA, COSTA RICA
2012.05.09, GUADALAJARA, MEXICO
2012.05.12, MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
2012.06.30, PADDOCK WOOD, ENGLAND
2012.07.04, BONN, GERMANY
2012.07.11, BILBAO, SPAIN
2012.07.16, BAROLO, ITALY
2012.07.22, CARHAIX, FRANCE
2012.08.11, LETHBRIDGE, CANADA
2012.08.18, SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA
2012.08.30, SALISBURY, MARYLAND
2012.09.06, LEWISTON, NEW YORK
2012.10.06, REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN
2012.10.18, SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNA
2012.10.22, SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNA
2012.10.29, BROOMFIELD, COLORADO
2012.11.01, GRAND PRAIRIE, TEXAS
2012.11.05, MADISON, WISCONSIN
2012.11.07, ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA
2012.11.13, DETROIT, MADISON
2012.11.20, WASHINGTON, DC
2013.06.27, TAMPA, FLORIDA
2013.06.29, ATLANTA, GEORGIA
2013.06.30, NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
2013.07.02, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
2013.07.03, TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA
2013.07.05, NOBLESVILLE, INDIANA
2013.07.06, CINCINNATI, OHIO
2013.07.09, DULUTH, MINNESOTA
2013.07.10, ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA
2013.07.11, PEORIA, ILLINOIS
2013.07.12, CHIGAGO, ILLINOIS
2013.07.14, CLARKSTON, MICHIGAN
2013.07.15, TORONTO, CANADA
2013.07.18, DARIEN CENTER, NEW YORK
2013.07.19, BRIDGEPORT, CONNECTICUT
2013.07.21, SARATOGA SPRINGS, NEW YORK
2013.07.23, COLUMBIA, MARYLAND
2013.07.24, VIRGINA BEACH, VIRGINA
2013.07.26, HOBOKEN, NEW JERSEY
2013.07.27, WANTAGH, NEW YORK
2013.07.28, CAMDEN, NEW JERSEY
2013.08.03, IRVINE, CALIFORNIA
2013.11.04, MILANO, ITALY
2013.11.08, PADOVA, ITALY
2014.06.22, THESSALONIKI, GREECE
2014.07.05, SLUPSK, POLAND
2014.07.11, STAVERN, NORWAY
2014.07.15, KRISTIANSAND, NORWAY
2014.07.15, GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN
2014.07.17, PORI, FINLAND
2015.06.20, MAINZ, GERMANY
2017.06.17, DOVER, DELAWARE
In April 1999 I have seen Bob perform "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL" masterfully in Zurich, and in September 2000 my wife and I got to see Bob singing it at the second show in Portsmouth. It had been the fourth and last performance of this song in 2000.
In 2001 "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL" has been performed twice in Japan; and twice in Australia. In April in Cape Giradeau, Missouri, "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL" has been performed in the same concert as "IN THE GARDEN", like so many times before back in the fall of 1981. The first European appearance of "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL" in 2001 was in Norway, the second and the third one were in Germany. In August 2001 it was performed in Oklahoma, in Colorado, and in California.
During the fall 2001 tour Bob sang "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL" in Seattle, and on three consecutive days in San José, San Francisco and Santa Barbara. The song appeared next in Sioux City and St.Paul. And in Madison, halfway through the tour, Bob actually chose for the first time to follow up "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL" with "THIS WORLD CAN'T STAND LONG". Eight days later in Toronto both songs appeared in the same setlist again; and one day after that in Detroit "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL" appeared in the same show as the rare "EVERY GRAIN OF SAND".
The next performances of "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL" were again at three consecutive shows; in Washington D.C., the capital of the United States; two days later in Philadelphia; and another two days later at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Also the last Bob Dylan concert of 2001 in Boston included this song.
In February 2002 "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL" appeared in North Carolina and Louisiana in a concert starting with "I AM THE MAN THOMAS"; and in West Virgina and Georgia in the same show as "THIS WORLD CAN'T STAND LONG". Once more it was performed in Louisiana in February, making it five appearances in 15 days.
In April it appeared twice in Germany, in Hamburg and Stuttgart, one week apart; and in Zurich, Switzerland, where I had seen it three years before. The next two performances were in France, in Strasbourg and Paris, four days apart. In England I had the pleasure to see Bob performing "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL" three times in May 2002, in Bournemouth (where it appeared in the same show as "NOT DARK YET"), in Newcastle, and during the second show in London. In August Bob Dylan performed it in Montréal, Canada. In October in California "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL" was performed twice by Bob while playing piano.
More than half a year later, at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, during the last verse of his first performance of "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL" in 2003, Bob was standing at his piano and delivered one of the finest vocal performances in recent years. In July, almost three months after that, "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL" was performed in Lake Tahoe, Nevada; and in August it appeared in Joliet, Illinois, in Holmdel, New Jersey, and in Wallingford, Connecticut.
Another three months later, in London, in November 2003, Bob Dylan performed "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL" during the last show of his finest European tour since 1981. The first appearance of "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL" in 2004 was on the last day of March, in Philadelphia. Only three days later it was performed again, in Washington, in the same show as the rare "RING THEM BELLS".
Exactly three months after this, in July 2004, in Como, Italy, "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL" appeared as the first encore of a show, which also included "EVERY GRAIN OF SAND". One week later, "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL" was performed at the south coast of Spain, in Motril, once more (as numerous times before over the years) in the same set as "NOT DARK YET". Five days later Dylan performed "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL" in León.
In August 2004, "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL" was performed during an extremely rainy show in Aberdeen, Maryland, and then sixteen days later in Des Moines, Iowa. During the fall tour "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL" appeared at first in Santa Barbara, California, in the same show as "TRYIN' TO GET TO HEAVEN"; and then in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where it shared another setlist with "EVERY GRAIN OF SAND".
Four days later, on the day after the US election, "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL" was performed in Lafayette, Indiana, in a show which also included "SHOOTING STAR"; and two weeks after that, in Kingston, Rhode Island, "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL" appeared in the same concert as "TRYIN' TO GET TO HEAVEN".
During the first Sunday show of 2005, in Chicago, Bob Dylan chose to sing his first "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL" of the year, in the same set as "SEÑOR", "GOD KNOWS", "SHOOTING STAR", "TRYIN' TO GET TO HEAVEN", and "I SHALL BE RELEASED", creating a very strong and thought provocing juxtopostion of some fine songs.
Two weeks later, during the third Boston show, another fine juxtoposition of great songs was to be heard, including "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL", "TRYIN' TO GET TO HEAVEN", "GOD KNOWS", "I BELIEVE IN YOU", and "RING THEM BELLS".
On the following Sunday, in Atlantic City, "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL" appeared in an even finer setlist, together with "GOD KNOWS", "RING THEM BELLS", "TRYIN' TO GET TO HEAVEN", "I BELIEVE IN YOU", and "MISSISSIPPI". Four days after that, in New York City, "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL" was performed in the same show as "SEÑOR", "BLIND WILLIE MCTELL", and "MISSISSIPPI".
During the May to July stadium tour of 2005, "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL" was performed only twice in June, both times in the same set as "FOREVER YOUNG". Toward the end of July 2005 "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL" appeared two more times, in Calgary, sharing a fine Sunday set list, which also included "GOD KNOWS", "SHOOTING STAR", and "TRYIN' TO GET TO HEAVEN"; and then in Bozeman, Montana.
During the European fall tour of 2005, "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL" was performed six times, in Wetzlar, in Paris, in Erfurt, in Bologna, in Manchester, and during the fourth of his five London shows. Two of the six appearances (in Wetzlar and in Erfurt) were on consecutive Sundays, thus both times they were sharing a set list with "GOD KNOWS" and "SEÑOR"; and in Wetzlar also with the only "SHOOTING STAR" of the tour; and in Erfurt also with the only "RING THEM BELLS" of the tour. Powerful combinations indeed, these songs.
My wife and I were standing at the rail in both Wetzlar and Erfurt, seeing both times a very focused vocal performance of "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL", which were only the 7th and 8th German "never ending tour" appearances of this gem. “I'll tell it and think it and speak it and breathe it, and reflect it from the mountain so all souls can see it, then I'll stand on the ocean until I start sinkin', but I'll know my song well before I start singin'.” A very fitting addition to these two brilliant Sunday set list.
The first appearance of "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL" in 2006 was in Memphis, Tennessee, and the second one was during the summer tour in Europe, in Perpignan, France. One week later, in Foggia, Italy, "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL" was performed again, this time in the same set as "EVERY GRAIN OF SAND".
During the US summer tour "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL" appeared first in North Carolina; then six days later in Rhode Island, in a show which had started with "CAT'S IN THE WELL". This combination was repeated three days later, in New Hampshire.
During the fall tour of 2006 "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL" was performed in two of the 29 shows, and during the fine European spring tour of 2007 "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL" appeared in six of the 28 shows. The last of those six performances was in Frankfurt, where once more my wife and I were a part of the audience.
During the North American summer tour of 2007 "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL" was performed only once, in Michigan; and during the New Zealand and Australia tour in August 2007 "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL" appeared in two of the 12 shows. In the fall tour of 2007 "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL" was performed only once, in Virginia. In November of 2007 a new studio version of "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL" surfaced, which was recorded by Bob and his band for the "EXPO ZARAGOZA 2008". [see mp3 link below]
During his Latin America tour in 2008 Dylan chose to perform "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL" three times, in Mexico, in Brazil, and in Uruguay; and during his European summer tour in 2008 it appeared five times, in Lithuania, in Italy, in France, and then twice in Spain (first in Zaragoza, and finally in Mérida, where I had the privilege to witness this very focused version from the center of the rail). Nine more times in 2008 "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL" was performed in North America from August to November.
In 2009 "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL" appeared three times in Europe in the spring, in Norway, in Germany, and in Italy; and then three times in the USA in the summer, in Kentucky, in New Jersey, and in Georgia. During the fall tour of 2009 "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL" was performed four times.
The first three appearances of "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL" in 2010 were in Japan, on three consecutive Thursdays in March; and the next two were in Turkey in May and in Bulgaria in June. During the US fall tour 2010 "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL" was performed four times in October and four times in November.
In April 2011 Dylan chose to perform "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL" in China, in Vietnam, in Hong Kong, in Singapore, and five times in Australia. In the summer of 2011 "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL" was performed in England, in Israel, in Switzerland, in Denmark, in Norway, in Sweden, twice in California, and in Georgia. In the fall of 2011 it appeared in another 12 concerts in Europe.
In April and May of 2012 Bob Dylan chose to perform "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL" seven times during his Latin America tour; and during the his European summer tour of 2012 "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL" appeared five times, in England, in Germany, in Spain, in Italy, and in France. During the North American summer tour of 2012 "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL" was performed four times; and during the North American fall tour of 2012 "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL" appeared another nine times.
In 2013 a very nice intense version of "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL" was performed from June to August in 22 of 27 shows of Bob Dylan's North American summer tour, each time followed by "BLIND WILLIE MCTELL". During Dylan's fine European autumn tour of 2013 "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL" appeared twice, both times in Italy (for mp3 links to both of them see below).
The next six performances of "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL" were in the summer of 2014, in Europe, during most of the open air festival sets of the tour. The only performance of "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL" in 2015 was during the opening show of the European summer tour, in Mainz, Germany, in June 2015.
The next appearance of "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL" was not until two years later, during a festival set in Dover, Delaware, in June 2017.
I do think Bob Dylan is conveying a very grave warning when singing "A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL" these days. This brilliant song does paint a vivid picture of a very desolate "world gone wrong", which "can't stand long" and which "will be destroyed" by its maker, "because it is too full of sin".
~ STUDIO VERSION FROM 2007 ~ FOR EXPO ZARAGOZA 2008 ~
~ Luke 21 ~
"And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken."
~ Ecclesiastes 11 ~
If the clouds are full of rain, they empty themselves on the earth.