I'll Keep It with Mine

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"I'll Keep It with Mine"
Song by Bob Dylan from the album The Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961-1991
Released March 26, 1991
Recorded January 27, 1966
Genre Rock
Length 3:39
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Bob Dylan
Producer(s) Bob Johnston
"I'll Keep It With Mine"
Song by Nico from the album Chelsea Girl
Released October 1967
Recorded Mayfair Sound Studios, New York City, April 4, 1967
Length 3:17
Writer(s) Bob Dylan
Producer(s) Tom Wilson
Chelsea Girl track listing
"Chelsea Girls"
"I'll Keep It With Mine"
"Somewhere There's a Feather"
"I'll Keep It With Mine"
Single by Fairport Convention
from the album What We Did on Our Holidays
B-side "Fotheringay" (Sandy Denny)
Released July 1969
Length 3:01
Label A&M Records 1108 (USA, 1969)
Writer(s) Bob Dylan
Producer(s) Joe Boyd
Fairport Convention singles chronology
"Meet on the Ledge"
"I'll Keep It With Mine"
"Si Tu Dois Partir"

"I'll Keep It with Mine" is a song written by Bob Dylan in 1964, first officially released by folk singer Judy Collins as a single in 1965. Dylan attempted to record the song for his 1966 album Blonde on Blonde.

Dylan's versions[edit]

Dylan recorded a vocal-and-piano demo of the song for publishing company M. Witmark & Sons in June 1964, which was released by Columbia in 2010 on The Bootleg Series Vol. 9: The Witmark Demos: 1962–1964.

In mid-January 1965, during sessions for the Bringing It All Back Home album, Dylan again recorded the song solo, on piano. This version, with the working title "Bank Account Blues", was released in 1985 on the Biograph retrospective. (The album notes contradictorily indicate that this performance was recorded in June 1964 and that it was recorded in January 1965. The latter is correct.[1])

A full-band rehearsal of the song, recorded during the early Blonde on Blonde sessions on January 27, 1966 (per album booklet), was released on The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3. The rehearsal is rough and the recording starts well into the first verse, which is briefly interrupted by producer Bob Johnston on a talkback speaker, saying, "What you were doing".

During the seventh session for Blonde on Blonde – on February 15–16, 1966, at the Columbia Music Row Studios, Nashville, Tennessee – Dylan recorded at least ten instrumental takes of the song. However, not every attempt was a complete take, as takes 2, 4, 5, 6 and 7 are false starts, and takes 1 and 3 are interrupted.[2]

Dylan can be seen performing the song on piano in the film 65 Revisited, which was made during his tour of England in May 1965.

Personnel for Dylan's recordings[edit]

The Bootleg Series version

Unreleased version

Cover versions[edit]

Judy Collins released the first recording of the song on a 1965 single released by Elektra Records, which never appeared on any of her albums. In the liner notes of Collins' 1993 Geffen Records album, Just Like A Woman, a Dylan tribute, she mentions that Bob told her that he'd written the song for her.

Dylan showed the song to Warhol Superstar Nico, who recorded and released a version on her 1967 album Chelsea Girl.

It was covered by Fairport Convention and released in 1969 as a US-only (A&M) single, as well as on their album What We Did on Our Holidays.

Charley D. & Milo, co-fronted by occultist Lon Milo DuQuette recorded the song for their self-titled 1970 album.

Spooky Tooth lead singer Mike Harrison included a version of the song on his third solo album Rainbow Rider, released in 1975.

Susanna Hoffs recorded a version for the Rainy Day project.

Marianne Faithfull recorded a cover of the song on her 1987 album, Strange Weather.

Oh Susanna recorded it on her self-titled 2003 album.

New York band Rainer Maria covered this song on their 2006 album Catastrophe Keeps Us Together.

A cover of it was recorded by the electronic pop-rock band Mobius Band's EP Love Will Reign Supreme.

Bettie Serveert covered the song for the I Shot Andy Warhol soundtrack.

Dean & Britta included two versions of it in 13 Most Beautiful: Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests (2010).

Recorded by Denison Witmer on Subterranean Homesick Blues: A Tribute to Bob Dylan's 'Bringing It All Back Home' (2010).

Courtney Love intended to release a cover of the song on what became the Hole album Nobody's Daughter (2010). While the song may have been recorded, it was not included on the album.[3] The aggregation of critics' lists at acclaimedmusic.net did not place this song in its list of the top 3000 songs of all time, but rated Bob Dylan's version as one of the 1965 songs "bubbling under" the top 3000.[4]

Michael C. Hall recorded a version of this song on the EP Belasco with the Hedwig and the Angry Inch house band Tits of Clay.

Richard Barone recorded a version for his 2016 album Sorrows & Promises: Greenwich Village in the 1960s, with David Amram on piano.


  1. ^ Bjorner, Olof, "Still on the Road 1965", 790
  2. ^ Bjorner, Olof, "Still on the Road 1966", 1281
  3. ^ See Nobody's Daughter for list of songs not included on the album
  4. ^ "Acclaimed Music Top 3000 songs". 27 May 2009.