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"Not Dark Yet" is a song by Bob Dylan, recorded in January 1997 and released in September that year on his album Time Out of Mind. It was the first single from the album.

"Not Dark Yet"
Bob Dylan-Not Dark Yet.jpg
Single by Bob Dylan
from the album Time Out of Mind
ReleasedAugust 25, 1997
RecordedJanuary 1997
Songwriter(s)Bob Dylan
Producer(s)Daniel Lanois
Bob Dylan singles chronology
"Not Dark Yet"
"Love Sick"
Time Out of Mind track listing
11 tracks
  1. "Love Sick"
  2. "Dirt Road Blues"
  3. "Standing in the Doorway"
  4. "Million Miles"
  5. "Tryin' to Get to Heaven"
  6. "'Til I Fell in Love with You"
  7. "Not Dark Yet"
  8. "Cold Irons Bound"
  9. "Make You Feel My Love"
  10. "Can't Wait"
  11. "Highlands"
Audio sample
"Not Dark Yet"

"Not Dark Yet" subsequently featured on the Wonder Boys soundtrack. The song also appeared on the album The Passion of the Christ: Songs Inspired by The Passion of the Christ.[1]

Christopher Ricks has remarked on the song's close affinities to John Keats' Ode to a Nightingale.[2]

The song, in its entirety, can be heard during the closing credits of the 2017 film Last Flag Flying.


"Not Dark Yet" was covered by Robyn Hitchcock for his 2002 album of Dylan covers Robyn Sings, by Eric Clapton during his 2009 Ireland/UK tour, by the Silversun Pickups for the Chimes of Freedom compilation and by Kirsti Huke for her album Deloo. Jimmy LaFave covered the song on his album Cimarron Manifesto; LaFave's version was used on the Showtime program Californication (Season 3, Episode 3). Trey Gunn and Dylan Nicole Bandy cover this song on the Trey Gunn album "The Waters, They Are Rising."

The song was covered by sisters Allison Moorer and Shelby Lynne on their 2017 collaborative album "Not Dark Yet", which takes its name from this track.[3]

Track listingsEdit

CD (COL 665443 2):

  1. "Not Dark Yet" - 6:29
  2. "Tombstone Blues" (Live) - 6:26
  3. "Ballad of a Thin Man" (Live) - 8:47
  4. "Boots of Spanish Leather" (Live) - 6:35

2-track CD (COL 665443 1):

  1. "Not Dark Yet" - 6:29
  2. "Tombstone Blues" (Live) - 6:26

Not Dark Yet: Dylan Alive Vol. 2 Japanese EP:[4]

  1. "Not Dark Yet"
  2. "Boots of Spanish Leather" (Live) - 6:34
  3. "Tears of Rage" (Live) - 7:20
  4. "Señor (Tales of Yankee Power)" (Live) - 4:39

References in popular cultureEdit

  • "Not Dark Yet" is played in the ending part of the documentary Why We Fight
  • The song was referenced in the movie High Fidelity
  • A portion of the song was played during the ending credits to the Deadwood Season 2 premiere "A Lie Agreed Upon, Part 1"
  • A portion was played in the movie Henry Poole Is Here
  • The song was played in the 2000 movie 'Wonder Boys.'
  • It plays during the death scene of a character in Knockaround Guys
  • A portion was played on the Showtime hit Californication (Season 3, Episode 3).
  • The chords were rearranged by The National guitarist Aaron Dessner to write the song "Slipped" that appeared on their 2013 album Trouble Will Find Me.[5]
  • The song was played at the end of Robert Icke's production of William Shakespeare's Hamlet at the Almeida Theatre, London.
  • The song was played at the end of the 2017 film Last Flag Flying.


  • "Tombstone Blues" and "Ballad of a Thin Man" were recorded live at the House of Blues, Atlanta, GA; August 4, 1996.
  • "Boots of Spanish Leather" was recorded live at the House of Blues, Atlanta, GA; August 3, 1996.


  1. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Various Artists: The Passion of the Christ: Songs Inspired by The Passion of the Christ". AllMusic. Retrieved October 4, 2013.
  2. ^ "Dylan Among the Poets, BBC". Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "Bob Dylan: Not Yet Dark Live, Vol. 2". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-01-29.
  5. ^ Barton, Laura (2013-05-09). "The National: 'Our songs are about death – but in really fun ways'". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-08-26.

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