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Bob Dylan: Make You Feel My Love

From Ellie Gisler Murphy, Caramoor’s Senior Artist Planning Manager:

Likely one of the most achingly romantic songs I know is Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love” probably made most famous by Billy Joel and then, of course, Adele.

This song came to prominence in my own life early in my pregnancy when we were still in those first uncertain twelve weeks when losing a pregnancy is common. The words “I know you haven’t made your mind up yet, but I will never do you wrong” still have the ability to bring me to tears. For me, this song always felt less like romantic love and much more like the love of a parent for a child – who among us wouldn’t go hungry for a child? This song brings me through all the stages of her life, the incredible birth, those ever-traumatizing emotional periods of toddler and teenage-hood, and then to the far future, as she is making her dreams come true (perhaps in spite of her parents). We are eager for every minute of it. The ever-raspy, and still soulful Sprechstimme of Bob Dylan:

When the rain is blowing in your face
And the whole world is on your case
I could offer you a warm embrace
To make you feel my love

When the evening shadows and the stars appear
And there is no one there to dry your tears
Oh, I hold you for a million years
To make you feel my love

I know you haven’t made your mind up yet
But I will never do you wrong
I’ve known it from the moment that we met
No doubt in my mind where you belong

I’d go hungry; I’d go black and blue
And I’d go crawling down the avenue
No, there’s nothing that I wouldn’t do
To make you feel my love

The storms are raging on the rolling sea
And on the highway of regret
The winds of change are blowing wild and free
You ain’t seen nothing like me yet

I could make you happy, make your dreams come true
There’s nothing that I wouldn’t do
Go to the ends of this Earth for you
To make you feel my love, oh yes
To make you feel my love

Caramoor’s Senior Artistic Planning Manager, Ellie Gisler Murphy is celebrating five years
working in programming and production in the Artistic department at Caramoor. Ms. Murphy
received her BM in Classical Vocal Performance at the University of Connecticut before
pursuing artistic administration professionally. She worked at the Metropolitan Opera,
Glimmerglass and Castleton Opera Festivals, and Columbia Artists before finding her home at
Caramoor where she enjoys the diversity and innovation of Caramoor’s multi-disciplinary
programming.

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