The third, and final, single from Nashville Skyline was “Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You”. This is another Dylan in full crooner mode, but it’s also a great polished love song. The last song on the album, the band is tight and sharp and I’m at the point that I like any Dylan song that has a steel guitar in it.
This is a very different love song for Dylan. It’s not a rambling man in search of his one true love song, rather it’s a song of devotion and settling down, which was probably appropriate for a young married man who was focused on raising his young children at the time.
This is a song I really love from some of the live performances from the mid-1970s, and I can hear Dylan belting out “I can hear that whistle blowing”. The train motif is a common one for Dylan, and this is all about a man missing that train.
It’s a simple song, but I think it’s the best one on Nashville Skyline.
Did you know that Tina Turner did a cover of it? Me neither! Here you go:
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