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."