Tomorrow Is a Long Time (3:44)

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Though it wasn’t recorded for the album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, “Tomorrow Is a Long Time” was written and demo’d in between album sessions. If it wasn’t inspired by personal events unfolding at the time, it’s arguably a reflection of them as it’s sung from the point-of-view of a narrator who refuses to lie down in his bed ‘once again’ until his ‘own true love’ is back and waiting. Widely considered one of Dylan’s finest love songs, Dylan eventually released “Tomorrow Is a Long Time” in 1971 on Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits Vol. II, which included a live performance taken from his Town Hall concert on April 12, 1963. (Heylin describes the Town Hall performance as “an achingly lovely rendition of his most tender song.”

Earlier in 1971, Rod Stewart would release his own cover of “Tomorrow Is a Long Time” on Every Picture Tells a Story, one Stewart’s more popular albums. Ironically, Dylan recorded the song in 1970 during the New Morning sessions, with a backing band and singers, and an unlikely uptempo blues arrangement. This version has turned up in bootlegs.

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