‘Beauty In The Silver, Singin’ River . . .’

We – that is, Odd and Pop and I – are going to continue with our Glenn Yarbrough fixation for a little longer, looking at the origins of yet another track from Yarbrough’s 1967 album, For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her. Today’s tune is, I would guess, the most familiar on the album (although Paul Simon’s title song might challenge for the title): Bob Dylan’s “Tomorrow Is A Long Time.”

Dylan first recorded the song as a demo in 1962, but the first version he released was a 1963 performance at New York City’s Town Hall that came out on his second greatest hits album in 1972. The demo he recorded in 1962 is, I think, the version that was released a couple of years ago as part of The Bootleg Series, Vol. 9: The Witmark Demos. I’ll dig into that tomorrow.

For now, I’m going to leave you with one of the many covers of “Tomorrow Is A Long Time.” This one is a 1966 version by the Aquamen, a group about which I know nothing. The Dylan tune was the B-side of their “Line and Track” single on the Hiback label, and it’s the only release listed for the band at Discogs. Along with a less-than-assured vocal, I hear a little bit of garage rock (is that a Farfisa? I think it is), a little bit of the Byrds, a little bit of the We Five and a little bit of Hal Blaine, all of which combined makes for an interesting concept. Enjoy!

I’ll have some more versions of the tune tomorrow . . . which actually doesn’t seem such a long time right now.

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4 Responses to “‘Beauty In The Silver, Singin’ River . . .’”

  1. David Lenander says:

    I’m not sure if the first version I heard was Judy Collins’s or Ian’s & Sylvia’s, but they recorded it/released it first, on their second LP, _Four Strong Winds_. At one point Dylan told them he’d written it for them to record, but I think he told anybody that might record one of his songs that he’d written it for them. He told both Judy Collins and (I think) Carolyn Hester that “I’ll Keep It With Mine” was written for her. Whatever, “Tomorrow” is one of his loveliest songs.

  2. porky says:

    Elvis did it on the “Spinout” soundtrack. He supposedly learned it from Odetta’s version.

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  4. Yah Shure says:

    What on earth was that? The Disassociation un-covering “One Too Many Mornings”?? Such sloppy exuberance does have its rewards. Damned if I can remember in which universe that might be.

    And that staccato Farfisa is the equivalent of a drunken mosquito exploring every cubic centimeter of the room…

    On the plus side, Hiback probably leveraged its entire existence just getting RCA-Victor to custom-press the record, thereby sparing us from any further Aquamen disasters.

    But the record does exhibit the mid-’60s garage earnestness that gives it a certain… something. I actually like the record in a gawking-at-a-car-crash kind of way.

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