Bob Dylan Covers “Stay With Me,” But Not the Sam Smith Song

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 10.30.14 in News

As Bob Dylan gets set to release decades-old recordings, the man himself keeps moving forward, turning over and over like some kind of rotating rock that gathers no moss. The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11, due out on November 4, offers a glimpse of Dylan’s mythic 1967 sessions with the band in upstate New York. The one-of-a-kind American singer/songwriter’s current tour, though, provides a possible sneak peek of his musical future — which might involve a trip to the pre-rock’n’roll past.

In May, Dylan shared a cover of “Full Moon and Empty Arms,” a song most famously recorded by Frank Sinatra in 1945. A rep for the singer confirmed to Rolling Stone that the track would appear on a forthcoming album but declined to reveal the title (the article isn’t online right now, but you can read the Google cached version here); Dylan’s website also posted an image with the title-like phrase “Shadows in the Night.” Earlier this week in Los Angeles, Dylan closed out the night by debuting his cover “Stay With Me,” which is not the Sam Smith hit but another Sinatra-sung tune, the theme from 1963 film The Cardinal.

Listen to Dylan’s craggy, twang-streaked version via fan footage below, and scroll down for the Sinatra track. In Dylan’s hands, it’s the kind of instantly familiar, bittersweet ballad it’s easy to imagine becoming a live staple well into the promotion cycle for the The Bootleg Seriesnext installment. At the very least, look for it on the potentially upcoming Shadows in the Night (artwork, label in the file name on Dylan’s site as a “cover,” at the bottom of the page).

Bob Dylan 'Shadows in the Night' cover