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I Shall Be Released” is a 1967 song written by Bob Dylan. The Band played it on their
debut album, Music from Big Pink (1968), with Richard Manuel singing lead vocals, and
Rick Danko and Levon Helm harmonizing in the chorus. A legendary performance of the
song was performed near the end of The Band’s farewell concert, The Last Waltz, in
which all the night’s performers (with the exception of Muddy Waters) plus Ringo Starr
and Ronnie Wood graced the same stage.
Bob Dylan recorded two primary versions. The first is the Basement Tapes initial
recording, recorded in 1967 and released on Bootleg Series 1-3 in 1991. Dylan recorded
the song a second time in 1971, releasing this new recording on Bob Dylan’s Greatest
Hits Vol. II.
They say everything can be replaced
They say every distance is not near
So I remember every face
Of every man who put me here
I see my light come shining
From the west down to the east
Any day now, any day now
I shall be released
They say every man needs protection
They say that every man must fall
Yet I swear I see my reflection
Somewhere so high above this wall
Now yonder stands a man in this lonely crowd
A man who swears he’s not to blame
All day long I hear him shouting so loud
Just crying out that he was framed

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