Rolling Stone shared a previously unreleased Bob Dylan song, “Making a Liar Out of Me,” earlier today. The song is part of Columbia’s upcoming Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 / 1979–1981 box set, which is out Nov. 3. Even Dylan’s most obsessed fans—who have access to almost every concert has every performed—haven’t heard this one before, making its release especially exciting.
“Making a Liar Out of Me” is nearly six minutes of slow, bluesy gospel that sounds significantly more captivating than a lot of the material Dylan actually released at the time. It’s just one standout verse after another, performed live on stage during a rehearsal on Sept. 26, 1980. Well I say you won’t be destroyed by your inventions, Dylan sings. That you brought it on under captivity/ And that you really do have all the best intentions/ But you’re making a liar out of me.
Listen to the song below … and you catch some nice analysis from Rolling Stone’s Andy Greene here.
You might notice that it sounds a bit like “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” Maybe that’s why Dylan never recorded it properly or actually played it live in front of an audience? We’ll likely never know.
“Making a Liar Out of Me” is the most exciting thing we’ve heard thus far from Trouble No More, which focuses exclusively on Dylan’s infamous gospel period. To be honest, I haven’t been too terribly excited about the box set up to this point, but this song has me quickly changing my tune.