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Don't Think Twice It's All Right

Rating:
4.2 / 5

Words & Music: Bob Dylan

There ain't no use to sit and wonder why babe
If you don't know by now
There ain't no use to sit and wonder why babe
If you don't know by now
When the rooster crows at the break of dawn
Well look out your window baby I'll be gone
You're the reason I'm movin' on
Yeah, don't think twice it's all right

I've headed down that long lonesome road, girl
Where I'm bound I can't tell
Goodbye is too good a word girl
So I'll say Fare thee well
I ain't sayin' you treated me unkind
You could have done better but I, I don't mind
You just kinda wasted my precious time
Oo, Don't think twice it's all right

Take it on

When the rooster crows at the break of dawn
Well look out your window baby I'll be gone
You're the reason I'm movin' on
Yeah don't think twice it's all right

There ain't no use to sit and wonder why babe
It don't matter anyhow
There ain't no use to sit and wonder why babe
If you don't know by now

When the rooster crows at the break of dawn
Well look out your window baby I'll be gone
You're the reason I'm travelin' on
Oh don't think twice it's all right

I'm headed down that long lonesome road, babe
Where I'm bound I can't tell
Goodbye is too good a word girl
I'll just say Fare thee well
I ain't sayin' you treated me unkind
You could have done better but I, I don't mind
You just sorta wasted my favorite time
Oo, Don't think twice it's all right
Wow

When the rooster crows at the break of dawn
Well look out your window baby I'll be gone
You're the reason I'm travellin' on
Oh don't think twice it's all right

I've headed down that long lonesome road, girl
Where I'm bound I can't tell
Goodbye is too good a word girl
I'll just say Fare thee well
I ain't sayin' you treated me unkind
You could have done better but I don't mind
Yeah, you're the reason I'm travellin' on
Oh don't think twice it's all right

Take it on
Where I'm bound I can't tell
Goodbye is too good a word girl
So I'll say Fare thee well

Recordingdate: 1971/05/16, first released on: Elvis (Fool) (album)

Musicians

Musicians who contributed to the first recording of Don't Think Twice It's All Right:

(guitar)
(guitar)
(guitar)
(bass)
(drums)
(piano)
(organ)
(organ)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(percussion)

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Lex wrote on April 11, 2008
Brilliant! Like other jams it belongs to his best work in the 70s! I wish he had jammed a complete "Dylan album" together.
commoneverybody wrote on April 13, 2008
Not my cup of tea! Its a bit boring after a while. Its a good jam, but thats it. I think Tomorrow Is A Long Time is the best Dylan cover ever recorded by any artist!
old shep wrote on April 13, 2008
I much prefer Bob Dylan's original version recorded in the 1960s when he still could claim to be a folk singer/songwriter with credentials to match the legendary Woody Guthrie and Rambling Jack Elliott. I think Elvis should have left this one alone, his version becomes tedious and repetitive after a while and reminded me very much (for some reason) of Cindy Cindy which also had the same feeling of going nowhere fast.
ElvisDayByDay wrote on April 13, 2008
Our man could even make a simple jam sound "all right". Kind of strange though a jam ends up on an official album release ...
Steve V wrote on April 13, 2008
I like this song for what it is - a fun jam session, nothing more, nothing less. It cannot be taken as a serious interpretation of a Dylan classic like Tomorrow Is A Long Time. I wish Elvis had done a serious Elvis Sings Dylan LP. Imagine how great that would have been!
JimmyCool wrote on April 14, 2008
I actually liked it, not the almost complete jam, but the edited jam from the "Fool" LP, a very underrated album, despite it has leftovers from previous sessions of 1971-72
JerryNodak wrote on April 18, 2008
Like "Hey Jude" before, this might have been great if he had known the words. As is, it's boring.
Bryan wrote on April 30, 2008
Elvis At His Best!! i really like this version!!
Natha wrote on April 30, 2008
Elvis and the gang seem to enjoy themselves and that is transferred to the listener. Pressed between the others it is a joy to be sort of part of it!
RobIreland wrote on April 30, 2008
I cannot understand anyone who cannot hear the brilliance of this recording ! I only wish Elvis had completed full sessions of this kinda song and style. I much prefer this laid back folky style than the exagerated drama of mediocre songs such as "Heart of Rome or even the great full on songs such as Rags to Riches ( although I do like those two tunes lol ). The raw unedited version is much much more interesting than the edited overdubbed officialy released version. It's not only Elvis sounds great here but the intrumentation really is worth enough to listen to this recording for. The percussion is a delight to hear. I love this !
sitdown68 wrote on May 17, 2008
I always like elvis doing those jams. there should be a whole bunch of ftd cd out containing those higlights. aren't there any rehearsal tapes from other occasions? 1969 vegas rehearsals, any other tour beyond '69? what about a serial? the rehearsal sessions vol. 1...one of those great performances of the late singer imho.
Herman wrote on March 24, 2010
His best jam ! I love to listen it very loud.
Deano1 wrote on May 27, 2010
A great jam shredded down to two minutes and 42 seconds for it's release on the LP "Elvis (Fool)" in 1973. This song in at least a five minute version belonged on the LP "Elvis Now". Elvis doesn't quite remember all the words, but his vocals and the band make this one memorable. People say that Elvis did not have enough material recorded for a good folk LP and that is the reason the LP "Elvis Now" wasn't as good as it should have been, but I beg to differ. Horrible decisions on song selection was the real culprit. Imagine "Until It's Time For You To Go" and "Early Morning Rain" being combined with this song, "I'm Leavin" and "For Lovin' Me" as well as songs that have elements of folk "Help Me Make It Through The Night", "Put Your Hand In The Hand", "I Was Born About 10,000 Years Ago", "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" and "We Can Make The Morning. Add the "Sound Of Your Cry" and "Fools Rush In" to bring the track listing to 12 and you have an exceptional LP with folk, country and a hint of pop.
Jesse Garon Presley wrote on May 08, 2011
A Brilliant version,a version Dylan could have learned from,i Don't like dylan's version at all..no offence,every time i have a dry mouth it's like Bob Dylans slept in it..like Elvis once said.
dgirl wrote on May 08, 2011
Dylan's version is one of the all time classic songs in history whether you like his voice or not. This is just a jam session and someone turned on the recorder. He was having fun but there is no comparison.
GEORGE (GK) wrote on May 08, 2011
Its a nice "Jam" with Elvis and his Band and backup singers, caught on tape by RCA RECORDS. Very similiar to the "jam" of the song, "I've got my Mojo Working/Keep your hands off of her".I would love to have heard, Elvis do a polished complete version of this song.
sitdown revamped wrote on May 08, 2011
AIn the days of the Guitar Man album...Wouldn't a Jam-Sessions Collections be an adequate supplement? It becomes evident, that these impromptu jam sessions marked the highes qualitiy output of the later years...One could entitle it: Elvis at Ease...including the slow Tiger Man version and some other goodies...
Elvis Rimes wrote on August 26, 2011
Love this song, candid Elvis
sugartummy wrote on March 02, 2013
I wonder whose version Elvis heard. He couldn't stand Dylan's voice, so it's likely to have been Odetta's or Peter, Paul & Mary's. Great gut string guitar picking by Chip Young.
Gorse wrote on August 09, 2013
Jam session or not, I like it a lot. I could not stand Dylan's voice who IMO should have stuck to writing masterpieces for others to sing. Conversely, the Presley voice does it for me 95% of the time and lifts many average songs to something acceptable.
Pedro Nuno wrote on April 13, 2016
Oh my Boy My Boy! This is one of Elvis Presley greatest performances in folk music field (and everywhere by the way…) This is, easily one of his best works from the seventies, and from his career. I dare to say the innocence and spontaneity that he puts in this rendition is almost as pure as his feelings in the Sun era. Elvis is a complete Master, and the way he produces the song, the way he tells the musicians what to do and the way to go is outstanding. Never understood why this gem pearl and diamond was cut to the usual 3 minute package! The full versions of near 13 minutes should have been released as a B side in an LP in the early seventies. That would be Presley braking the rules again. The complete versions are one o my favorite tunes from the music world.
ElvisSacramento wrote on April 23, 2016
My favorite recording of this song is surely the 11 minutes and 20 seconds in length Elvis jam recording of it that was included on the FTD classic album two-disc release of Elvis' Fool Album. It's probably my favorite Elvis jam recording. It's a 5 Star song and Elvis' 11:20 jam recording of it is also worth 5 Stars. I've never liked Bob Dylan's versions of this classic song because I can't stand his voice.
atomic powered poste wrote on August 02, 2018
Yes, only a jam, but released on a (terrible) regular lp, so it counts as a regular master. It's boring and unrehearsed, it should have never been released on a regular album. There are many great versions of this fantastic song ou there. Elvis didn't cared and it's showing. 1 star.
DerekH wrote on August 02, 2018
Always enjoyed the various recordings of this classic. Would love a full album of his jam sessions. Great party set.
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