Wait a minute…if you recognize the above lyric as having been written by Bob Dylan and happened to be at the Midland last night for actress/singer Katey Sagal and the “Sons of Anarchy” tour, chances are those words will never sound the same.
Not after Sagal made it clear that the then 33 year-old seminal folk-rock singer tried to force himself upon the 19 year-old Segal and then fired her butt as backup singer after she refused to sleep with him.
That’s right, even at his hippest point in 1973, Dylan was a dirtbag.
Midway through last night’s performance, Sagal reminisced about touring and singing backup with Etta James and Bette Midler and – prior to getting fired before going on tour – a certain well-known artist because she refused to thrash him.
“I just couldn’t go there,” Sagal told the crowd. “When you figure out who wrote this song, you’ll know why. I just couldn’t go there, he wasn’t my type.”
Whereupon Sagal launched into the Dylan penned, “It takes a lot to laugh, it takes a train to cry.”
Sagal later agreed…that it would have helped her career, that is.
Speaking with fan Shauna Swanson while posing for pictures at a post show meet-and-greet, Sagal laughed and described Dylan as having a “little penis.”
“She said, ‘I was a teenager and he was this big star,” Swanson says. “‘My career would have gone further, but what are you going to do?'”
Interestingly, in John Hinchey‘s book “Like a Complete Unknown: The Poetry of Bob Dylan’s Songs, 1961-1969,” the author says the song can be interpreted as “an allegory of someone who is sexually frustrated.”
Making Sagal’s decision to include it in her set last night along with the anecdote all the more apropos.