"Starlight In The East"
Directory of Bob Dylan’s Unreleased Songs: P

Compiled by Alan Fraser


"Dharma & Greg" - US ABC TV comedy series with Jenna Elfman and Thomas Gibson broadcast from 1997 to 2002 - Bob appeared in the episode first broadcast on 12 Oct 1999 playing two instrumentals collectively copyrighted as PLAY, LADY, PLAY

Revised: 17 January, 2017

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(Indefinite and definite articles at the beginning of song titles are ignored, so A WOMAN LIKE YOU is on the "W" page, and THE KING IS ON THE THRONE is on the "K" page.)


 

PACHUCO JOE’S PIANO SOLO Bob Dylan, 1963 S
Alternate title of EAST LAREDO BLUES, now officially released on Side 1 of the Columbia/Legacy limited edition 6LP set 50th Anniversary Collection 1963, Dec 2013

 

PAIN AND LOVE Bob Dylan/Helena Springs, 1978 N?
Otherwise unknown song title named by Helena Springs in an interview with Chris Cooper printed in "Wanted Man: In Search Of Bob Dylan" edited by John Bauldie (Black Spring Press, UK, 1990) - may be included on a demo tape by Helena Springs performing her joint compositions with Bob, no Dylan performance known

 

THE PAINTING BY VAN GOGH 1966 H
A suggested title for a song worked on in a Denver hotel room in March 1966 - also known as SPURIOUSLY SEVENTEEN WINDOWS (THE PAINTING BY VAN GOGH), POSITIVELY VAN GOGH and MOST DEFINITELY NOT VAN GOGH! Now included as POSITIVELY VAN GOGH on CD18 of the Columbia/Legacy 18CD set "The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 - Bob Dylan 1965-1966 The Cutting Edge Collector's Edition", Nov 2015 (three versions)

 

PATTY’S GONE TO LAREDO 1975 M
Background song from the "Renaldo & Clara" Film Soundtrack, recorded either at Studio Instrumental Rentals, New York, October 1975, or somewhere in New England, 30 Oct - 19 Dec 1975 - Clinton Heylin says recorded in a Niagara Falls, NY, hotel room, 14-16 Nov 1975

 

PECOS BLUES 1973 S
Instrumental, out-take from "Pat Garrett And Billy The Kid Original Soundtrack", recorded at CBS Discos Studios, Mexico City, 20 Jan 1973, frequently mis-spelled as PECO'S BLUES or PICO'S BLUES

 

PHANTOM ENGINEER 1965 L
Early version of IT TAKES A LOT TO LAUGH, IT TAKES A TRAIN TO CRY, released on "Highway 61 Revisited". Known by this title when it was performed at the Newport Folk Festival, 25 Jul 1965, with different lyrics from the officially-released track

 

PICO'S BLUES 1973 S
Incorrect spelling of PECOS BLUES, instrumental out-take from "Pat Garrett And Billy The Kid Original Soundtrack", recorded at CBS Discos Studios, Mexico City, 20 Jan 1973

 


"Dharma & Greg" - US ABC TV comedy series with otherwise unreleased Dylan instrumentals PLAY, LADY, PLAY

PLAY, LADY, PLAY 1999 M
Two instrumentals performed during episode 4 of season 3 of the US ABC TV comedy series "Dharma & Greg", first broadcast 12 Oct 1999 - not named individually there but copyrighted as part of the collective work (information from Tim Dunn). Bob appears with a band including T-Bone Burnett, with Dharma (Jenna Elfman) playing drums. Thanks to Paul S. Levine for the news that Season 1 of this series is available on DVD in the USA from 20th Century Fox - Season 3 is not yet available. Tim Dunn now thinks that two otherwise unidentified titles copyrighted at SESAC, BOTTLENECK POLKA and BROADWAY STRUT, are these two instrumentals

 

PLEASE BE PATIENT WITH ME Bob Dylan?, 1981 S C
Recorded at Rundown Studios, Santa Monica, CA, March 1981, also soundchecked at Clarkston, MI, on 11 Jun 1981 & Columbia, MD, on 14 Jun 1981, but never performed live

 

PLEDGING MY LOVE Ferdinand Washington/Don Robey, 1983 N?
Song recorded during the "Infidels" sessions at The Power Station, New York, 26 Apr 1983 under the title FOREVER MY DARLING

 


"Paperback Writer" by Mark Shipper - clearly a novel!

PNEUMONIA CEILINGS Bob Dylan/John Lennon/Paul McCartney, 1966 N?
In "Paperback Writer" by Mark Shipper, he writes that an all-night stoned writing session between Bob, John and Paul produced this "crazy song". More details of the story including "lyrics" of the song are included in the entry for Paul McCartney in the first edition of Michael Gray's "Bob Dylan Encyclopaedia" (Continuum, UK/USA, 2006) but this book is a novel (as it states on the cover) and the incident is purely fictional! Thanks to Harold Lepidus for pointing this out

 

POLICE STATE    
One of the fake titles circulated on the Internet in January 1997 as part of a hoax about a new album to be called "Stormy Season" - see STORMY SEASON for more details

 

POOR BOY BLUES 1962 O
Leeds Music demo, recorded at Leeds Music offices, New York, January 1962. Officially released on "The Bootleg Series Vol. 9 - The Witmark Demos 1962-1964" in Oct 2010

 

POSITIVELY VAN GOGH 1966 H
Song worked on in a hotel room in Denver, CO, 12-13 Mar 1966. Also known as MOST DEFINITELY NOT VAN GOGH and SPURIOUSLY SEVENTEEN WINDOWS (THE PAINTING BY VAN GOGH)! Now included under this title on CD18 of the Columbia/Legacy 18CD set "The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 - Bob Dylan 1965-1966 The Cutting Edge Collector's Edition", Nov 2015 (three versions)

 

THE PREACHER’S FOLLY 1961 N? Y
Lyrics in a manuscript left by Bob at the home of Eve and Mac McKenzie after staying there in Summer 1961

 

PRINCE OF PLUNDER Bob Dylan?, 1984 N?
Recorded during the "Empire Burlesque" sessions, Cherokee Studios, Hollywood, CA, 22 Dec 1984 plus 28 & 29 Jan 1985

 

PRISON GUARD 1983 N?
Reported by Mark Knopfler in an interview with journalist Bill Flanagan to have been one of the demos of songs for the "Infidels" sessions given to him by Bob. Clinton Heylin in "Still On The Road - The Songs Of Bob Dylan Vol. 2: 1974-2008" (Constable, 2010) says this is in fact PRISON STATION BLUES

 

PRISON STATION BLUES Bob Dylan?, 1983 N?
Song recorded during the "Infidels" sessions at The Power Station, New York, 26 Apr 1983 - could be the same song as PRISON GUARD above

 


"The Masked Marauders" (Deity/Reprise 6378, USA, 1969) - album insert reproducing spoof "Rolling Stone" album review, 18 Oct 1969, mentioning PRISONER OF LOVE (a James Brown cover) - the song is not actually on the album

PRISONER OF LOVE (1) Bob Dylan?, 1969 N?
PRISONER OF LOVE was one of the songs supposedly on the 1969 spoof album "The Masked Marauders", who were supposed to be a secret supergroup including Bob Dylan, John, Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Mick Jagger. This was generated by a spoof album review in "Rolling Stone" magazine for 18 Oct 1969. The song is described as a James Brown cover with lead vocals by John Lennon, but does not appear on the actual album "The Masked Marauders" (Deity/Reprise 6378, USA, 1969)

 

PRISONER OF LOVE (2) Bob Dylan/Bono, 1987 O
Song reportedly recorded at an unknown studio, Autumn 1987 - no other details known. Tim Dunn thinks this song is actually a working title for LOVE RESCUE ME, co-written by Bob during his collaboration with U2 that yielded LOVE RESCUE ME and HAWKMOON 269 on U2's album "Rattle And Hum" (Island, 1988), see 1988

 

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