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

Compiled by Alan Fraser


What The Heart Wants by Britta Lee Shain including her 2016 cover of co-composition YOU CAN BLOW MY MIND (IF YOU WANT TO)

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.)


 

YELLOW MONDAY SONG 1966 N?
Song title found on a typescript of rough drafts described by Clinton Heylin in “Behind The Shades 2” (p242 US edition) – thanks to Gil Walker for the information. It is not known if this refers to a released or unreleased song.

 

YES SIR, NO SIR (HALLELUJAH) 1981 S
Instrumental recorded during "Shot Of Love" sessions at United Western Studio, Los Angeles, CA, 02 Apr 1981 - not the 1969 song by The Kinks. Information from Clinton Heylin's book "Still On The Road - The Songs Of Bob Dylan Vol. 2: 1974-2008" (Constable, 2010)

 

YONDER COMES SIN 1980 S
Out-take from "Shot Of Love", recorded at Rundown Studios, Santa Monica, CA, 27 Oct 1980, a recording not only considered for "Shot Of Love" but short listed for inclusion in 1991 on "The Bootleg Series Vols. 1-3" and which can be found on Columbia/CBS US/UK acetates, see "Searching For A Gem" 1981
Thanks to "Rita May" for pointing out this omission and to Arie de Reus for scans of the 1981 acetates.

 

YOU BET YOUR LIFE Bob Dylan (?), 1967 N?
Uncirculating Basement Tapes song mentioned by Rick Danko in an interview with Jon Ferguson of the daily "Intelligencer Journal", Lancaster, PA, reported on 26 Mar 1992. Rick is quoted as saying: "I met a guy recently who played me some stuff from the Basement I forgot about. we got together for seven months, six days a week. When you're together that long, with a little concentration you get a lot done. There's still songs resurfacing. I heard one the other day called YOU BET YOUR LIFE."
Not released on "The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 - Bob Dylan And The Band: The Basement Tapes Complete", Nov 2014

 


What The Heart Wants by Britta Lee Shain including her 2016 cover of YOU CAN BLOW MY MIND (IF YOU WANT TO)


"Seeing The Real You At Last", book by Britta Lee Shain


Britta Lee Shain from her web-site

YOU CAN BLOW MY MIND (IF YOU WANT TO)

Bob Dylan/Britta Lee Shain, 1987 N?

Information from Tim Dunn: "In “Bob Dylan: Behind The Shades 20th Anniversary Edition” (Faber and Faber, 2011, p.618-619) Clinton Heylin discusses Dylan's affair with Britta Lee Shain, the girlfriend of his then "personal assistant" Gary Shafner, which began "two weeks into" the fall 1987 European tour. Heylin describes her as, at the time, a "sometime realtor." Shain's website biography () notes that she tried her hand as a screenwriter and novelist, and wrote a book called “Seeing The Real You At Last”, mentioned by Heylin on p.874). While she does not mention the affair, Shain confirms that she "joined" Dylan's "entourage" on that tour. According to Heylin, Dylan and Shain co-wrote a song during their time together, but he does not provide a title. On 27 April 2011 a song with the date of creation "1987" was registered for copyright as an unpublished manuscript with the title YOU CAN BLOW MY MIND (IF YOU WANT TO). Bob Dylan and Britta Lee Shain are given as the authors of the lyrics, and also as the co-claimants of the copyright (Special Rider Music is not given). As the data in the copyright record does not mention music, it seems likely that only the lyrics were submitted to the U.S. Copyright Office. This has to be the song to which Heylin refers. Now a singer-songwriter, Britta Lee Shain released her first album, “Between The River And The Road”, on CDBY Records in October 2010, but it does not contain the song." Thanks also to Tim for information that Britta's second album "What The Heart Wants", released in 2016, does contain her cover of YOU CAN BLOW MY MIND (IF YOU WANT TO)

 

YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR NAME ???? N?
No details available on this reported title, is it one of the hoax titles?

 

YOU CAN GET HER Bob Dylan?, 1963 R
From the "Banjo Tape" rehearsal with Gil Turner and Happy Traum, Gerdes Folk City, New York, 08 Feb 1963 (see comments for ALL OVER YOU)

 

YOU CAN HAVE HER Bob Dylan?, 1985 S
Previously unknown song possibly recorded at Cherokee Studios, Hollywood, CA, May-Oct 1985

 

YOU CAN'T GET YOUR WAY ALLA TIME 1966 N
Song idea developed during the "Blonde On Blonde" sessions, 1966 - typed lyrics published in "Isis" #46 and "Isis" #120. Information from Clinton Heylin's book "Revolution In The Air - The Songs Of Bob Dylan Vol. 1: 1957-73" (Constable, 2009)

 

YOU DON'T DO ME LIKE YOU USED TO DO Bob Dylan?, 1961 R
Title used by Paul Cable for a song more commonly titled HONEY BABE, from the "Banjo Tape" rehearsal with Gil Turner and Happy Traum, Gerdes Folk City, New York, 08 Feb 1963 (see comments for ALL OVER YOU)

 

YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO THAT 1965 S
Out-take from "Bringing It All Back Home", recorded at Columbia Studios, New York, 13 Jan 1965 (CO85280), also known as BENDING DOWN ON MY STOMICK LOOKING WEST. No longer an unreleased song since it was released in Nov 2015 on "The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 (Deluxe Edition)".

 

YOU DON’T LOVE ME NO MORE 1978 C
Performed at soundcheck in New Haven, CT, on 17 Sep 1978, but no known studio version and never performed live

 

YOU TREAT ME LIKE A STEPCHILD Bob Dylan/Helena Springs, 1978 L
Alternate title of STEPCHILD, also known as AM I NOT YOUR STEPCHILD?

 

YOU OWN A RACEHORSE Bob Dylan, 1967 N?
Uncirculating Basement Tapes song mentioned by Garth Hudson in an interview by Mark T. Gould of "2001 Sound Waves" - reported in "Isis" magazine in Dec 2001. Talking about missing songs, Garth said: "There may be things in there, I just have to find them. There's one by Bob called CAN I GET A RACEHORSE? He thought I had it on tape and I thought he had it. It's there somewhere. We just need to see if we can find it." Listed by Tim Dunn under this title in his book "The Bob Dylan Copyright Files 1962-2007" (AuthorHouse, 2008). This song is still unreleased, as it's not on "The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 - Bob Dylan And The Band: The Basement Tapes Complete", released Nov 2014, reportedly because the tape on which it was recorded was actually recorded over!

 

YOU’D LIKE ME TO GO ???? N?
No details available on this reported title, is it one of the hoax titles?

 


Something That Counts by Michel Montecrossa (Mira Sound Germany, 2011) with Michel's version of YOU'VE BEEN HIDING TOO LONG
 


50th Anniversary Collection 1963, Columbia/Legacy limited edition 6LP set, Dec 2013, with YOU'VE BEEN HIDING TOO LONG

YOU’VE BEEN HIDING TOO LONG 1963 L
Performed at New York Town Hall, 12 Apr 1963 (sometimes incorrectly placed at Carnegie Hall) - no studio version known. Covered by Michel Montecrossa on his 2011 Mira Sound Germany 2CD set "Something That Counts: Climate Change Acoustic Concert - Michel & Bob Dylan Fest 2011", which also contains covers of COVER DOWN, BREAK THROUGH, GET YOUR ROCKS OFF, and WELL, WELL, WELL. Thanks to Tim Dunn for information. Now officially released on Side 3 of the Columbia/Legacy Europe limited edition 6LP set "50th Anniversary Collection 1963", Dec 2013

 

YOUR LETTER 1965? S
Deliberately misleading song title used on an early vinyl bootleg, probably for an alternate version of DESOLATION ROW, released on "Highway 61 Revisited"

 

YOUR ROCKING CHAIR Bob Dylan/Helena Springs, 1978 C
Performed at soundcheck, Omaha, NB, 04 Nov 1978 - no studio version or live performance known. Thanks to Tim Dunn for the information that this is a mistitling of the Bob Dylan/Helena Springs song MORE THAN FLESH AND BLOOD, which was also performed at a soundcheck in New Haven, CT, 17 Sep 1978

 

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