Not Dark Yet

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This article is about the Bob Dylan Song. For the book by David Walker, see Not Dark Yet: A personal history.
"Not Dark Yet"
Bob Dylan-Not Dark Yet.jpg
Single by Bob Dylan
from the album Time Out of Mind
Format CD
Recorded January 1997
Genre Blues rock
Length 6:29
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Bob Dylan
Producer(s) Daniel Lanois
Bob Dylan singles chronology
"Dignity" (Live on MTV Unplugged)
"Not Dark Yet"
"Love Sick"
Time Out of Mind track listing
Music sample

"Not Dark Yet" is a song by Bob Dylan, recorded in January 1997 and released in September that year on his album Time Out of Mind. It was the first single from the album.

"Not Dark Yet" subsequently featured on the Wonder Boys soundtrack. The song also appeared on the album The Passion of the Christ: Songs Inspired by The Passion of the Christ.[1]

Christopher Ricks has remarked on the song's close affinities to John Keats Ode to a Nightingale.[2]


"Not Dark Yet" was covered by Robyn Hitchcock for his 2002 album of Dylan covers Robyn Sings, by Eric Clapton during his 2009 Ireland/UK tour, by the Silversun Pickups for the Chimes of Freedom compilation and by Kirsti Huke for her album Deloo. Jimmy LaFave covered the song on his album Cimarron Manifesto; LaFave's version was used on the Showtime program Californication (Season 3, Episode 3). Trey Gunn and Dylan Nicole Bandy cover this song on the Trey Gunn album "The Waters, They Are Rising."

Track listings[edit]

CD (COL 665443 2):

  1. "Not Dark Yet" - 6:29
  2. "Tombstone Blues" (Live) - 6:26
  3. "Ballad of a Thin Man" (Live) - 8:47
  4. "Boots of Spanish Leather" (Live) - 6:35

2-track CD (COL 665443 1):

  1. "Not Dark Yet" - 6:29
  2. "Tombstone Blues" (Live) - 6:26

Not Dark Yet: Dylan Alive Vol. 2 Japanese EP:[3]

  1. "Not Dark Yet"
  2. "Boots of Spanish Leather" (Live) - 6:34
  3. "Tears of Rage" (Live) - 7:20
  4. "Señor (Tales of Yankee Power)" (Live) - 4:39

References in popular culture[edit]


  • "Tombstone Blues" and "Ballad of a Thin Man" recorded live at the House of Blues, Atlanta, GA; August 4, 1996.
  • "Boots of Spanish Leather" recorded live at the House of Blues, Atlanta, GA; August 3, 1996.


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