Eliciting the strongest response of the evening, the song continued to build until a power failure, which ended the concert on an unceremonious note. Still, the ever-mercurial Dylan, for most people present, regained the crown that had been snatched from him two nights earlier.
The next day's edition of the English-language Jerusalem Post featured a stock shot of Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres--one of the dignitaries who had requested an audience with Dylan--greeting a visiting author. Dylan's photo was also in the Post, but it was a shot of him on stage--not shaking someone's hand.
Back at the hotel, Dylan reaffirmed his priorities: "I'm just a singer on a stage and that's all I want to do. I have to keep that in front of me. We all go through ups and downs, but I don't feel part of what's going on at any one moment.
"To me, the performer is here and gone. The songs are the star of the show, not me. I don't get strength thinking about what I have done. If anything, that will weaken me. It's like a nail in your coffin. I'd rather write a new song than pick up a key somewhere."
After the incidents here, Dylan was in no mood for futher misunderstandments with fans, photographers or public officials. Before Dylan arrived last week for another historic show in East Berlin, media consultant Elliot Mintz laid these ground rules. About song selection, he warned fans, "Bob varies his show from night to night so there is no telling what may be performed there."
More pointedly, Mintz added, "We are too aware of the historical nature of the East Berlin engagement, however Bob will play the show as he would any other. His statement is his music. We will leave the cultural, historical and political implications of the event to others for analysis. Bob has no intentions of meeting with any officials. He will simply sing his songs as he always has and move on to Rotterdamn, where he is scheduled to appear the following night."