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Hold the Fort
for what it's worth

source: Fort Worth 1976 et al

Disc one
Mr Tambourine Man
It Ain't Me Babe
Vincent Van Gogh
Maggie's Farm
One Too Many Mornings
Blowin' In The Wind
Railroad Boy
I Pity The Poor Immigrant
Shelter From The Storm
I Threw It All Away
Stuck Inside Of Mobile
Rita Mae (1)
Oh Sister
Disc two
You're A Big Girl Now
You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome 
Lay Lady Lay
Silver Mantis  [T-Bone Burnett]  lyrics
I Want You (2)
Going Going Gone
Idiot Wind
Knockin' On Heaven's Door
Gotta Travel On
Hard Rain (3)
The Sun Is Shining (4)
Weary Blues From Waiting (5)
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Ins (b)
Tarrant Convention Center, Fort Worth, TX  5/16/76
(1) The Warehouse, New Orleans, LA  May 3, 1976
(2) OK State Fair, Oklahoma City  5/18/76
(3) C.S.University , Fort Collins, CO  May 23, 1976
(4) Bellevue Hotel, Clearwater, FL  April 15, 1976
(5) Civic Center, Lakeland, FL   April 18, 1976

Manufacturer / Catalog No.
Wild Wolf   2CD
Released: 1999
Quality:   9 stars

Bob's Boots ref  #   BB-h37

This 2 CD set is the ultimate documentation of the 1976 Rolling Thunder tour. The title comes from a 2 LP vinyl set of the Fort Worth material that was released shortly after the show. The soundboard recording on this disc is as good as it gets for shows of this era. The vocals are mixed way up high and in your face. The performances are wonderful. The package includes Great photos to boot. (pun intended). The in between song editing is not quite as smooth as what it should be, but it in no way interferes with the listening experience. The only major problem is that the sonic quality takes a big nose dive on the second disc for the songs Knockin' On Heaven's Door and Gotta Travel On. It picks up again for the remaining filler songs.
Virtually every song on this set is a highlight with the best, interestingly enough, being the beautiful Silver Mantis sung by T-Bone. This CD should be in your collection.
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Silver Mantis
Kris Kristofferson

(As performed by T-Bone Burnett @ Tarrant Convention Center, Fort Worth, TX  5/16/76)
Introduced by Dylan as "Sashiko"

Seito lived in the canyon of the dragon
Sashiko lived in the valley of the moon
They met along the highway to Aomori
where danger in the forest loomed

Shashiko dressed in silk and dreamed of heroes
She was carried in a hammock draped and veiled
Her father was a cruel and brutal warlord
who fearful, kept her in a shell

Shashiko* he was but a lowly servant
but his master knew him to be true and brave
When he happened on the scene of her abduction
he sent her captors to their graves

Seito guarded Sashiko to her palace
he had no thought of ransom to conceal
She took him in and washed his cuts and bruises
and laid him softly down to sleep

When morning came she rose to tell her father
Of the stranger who had ruined the kidnap plot
But jealous and enraged her father seized him
and chained him in the dungeon dark

Sashiko's tears flowed like the river Edo
as she pleaded Seito's freedom face to floor
B'the warlord turned his back and would not hear her
His mercy 'd withered years before

When night fell Sashiko crept down into the dungeon
Two daggers hidden underneath her coat
And there they slept in death by hara-kiri
her father's chains around them both

* This should be "Seito". T-Bone confuses the names here
Transcribed from the concert tape by bobsboots.com

The concert