Tell Me, Momma

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"Tell Me, Momma"
Song by Bob Dylan
from the album The Bootleg Series Vol. 4: Bob Dylan Live 1966, The "Royal Albert Hall" Concert
Recorded May 17, 1966, Manchester Free Trade Hall
Genre Rock
Length 5:10
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Bob Dylan
Producer(s) Columbia
Not to be confused with Tell Me Mamma (1964) as performed by Christine Quaite and Patty Duke

Tell Me Momma is a song written by Bob Dylan and performed exclusively during his 1966 World Tour with the Band (then known as the Hawks). It was used to introduce the second half of a concert, when Dylan switched from an acoustic solo performance to an electric performance backed by a band.

A live recording was released on The Bootleg Series Vol. 4: Bob Dylan Live 1966, The "Royal Albert Hall" Concert.[1]


The first known performance of "Tell Me, Momma", was on February 5, 1966, at Westchester County Center, White Plains, New York. The performance was captured on tape by an audience member, but never officially released.[2] Dylan continued to perform this song throughout the tour; but when he had finished, the song was not recorded on a studio album, nor was it ever performed again by Dylan in concert.

In popular culture[edit]

The song was shown played live by Dylan and The Band during his 1966 U.K.Tour in D. A. Pennebaker's documentary Eat the Document. The same video of Dylan and the Hawks shown in Eat the Document was shown in Martin Scorsese's 2005 Documentary No Direction Home.


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