Tomorrow Is a Long Time
|"Tomorrow Is a Long Time"|
|Song by Bob Dylan|
|from the album Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II|
|Recorded||April 12, 1963, Town Hall, New York City|
|Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II track listing|
"Tomorrow Is a Long Time" is a song written and recorded by Bob Dylan. Dylan's version first appeared on the album Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II compilation, released in 1971. It was subsequently included in the triple LP compilation, Masterpieces.
Dylan's officially released version of the song is a live recording from his April 12, 1963, concert at New York's Town Hall. Dylan had recorded the song in December 1962 as a demo for M. Witmark & Sons, his publishing company. This particular recording, long available as a bootleg, was released by Columbia in 2010 on The Bootleg Series Vol. 9: The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964. A studio version of the song, an outtake from the June 1970 sessions for New Morning, has also been bootlegged.
Elvis Presley version
Elvis Presley recorded the song on May 26, 1966 during a session for his album How Great Thou Art. The song originally appeared as a bonus track on the album Spinout. Dylan once said that Presley's cover of the song was "the one recording I treasure the most."
According to Ernst Jorgensen's' book Elvis Presley: A Life In Music - The Complete Recording Sessions, Presley first heard the song via Charlie McCoy, who had previously participated in the Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde sessions. McCoy played the 1965 Odetta album Odetta Sings Dylan before an Elvis session and Presley "had become taken with 'Tomorrow Is A Long Time.'"
Dylan has said that this was his favorite cover of any of his songs.
- Ian and Sylvia released on their 1964 album, Four Strong Winds
- Judy Collins released on her 1965 album, Judy Collins' Fifth Album
- Sandy Denny released on her 1972 self titled album
- Nick Drake released on his album of home recordings, Family Tree
- Nickel Creek released on their 2005 album, Why Should the Fire Die?
- We Five released on their 1970 album, Catch the Wind
- Rod Stewart on his 1971 album Every Picture Tells A Story
- Justin Rutledge on his 2013 album Valleyheart
- Zee Avi for the 2012 Dylan tribute album Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International
- Zé Ramalho released the song on his album Zé Ramalho Canta Bob Dylan – Tá Tudo Mudando.
- Dorris Henderson released on her 1967 album, Watch the Stars
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- Ernst Jorgensen (1998). Elvis Presley: A Life In Music - The Complete Recording Sessions. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0-312-18572-3.
- Rolling Stone (1981). The Rolling stone interviews : talking with the legends of Rock & Roll, 1967-1980. St. Martin's Press/Rolling Stone Press. ISBN 0-312-68954-3.
- We Five, Catch the Wind Retrieved March 7, 2012.