Tomorrow Is a Long Time
Artist & Tune
About the Song
The song was probably written in 1962 and was included on a demo tape he sent to his music publisher in that hear.
His only official release of the song is from a live concert recording of the song at New York's Town Hall venue in 1963. It was released on "Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. 2" compilation LP in 1971.
The song draws on a medieval poem:
Westron wynde, when wyll thow blow
The smalle rayne downe can rayne?
Cryst yf my love were in my armys,
And I yn my bed agayne!
that in modern English is roughly:
Western Wind, when wilt thou blow?
That the small rain down can rain
Christ, that my love were in my arms
And I in my bed again
The Joan Baez track is from a 1963 concert in Forest Hills NY.
The track on the 2012 Dylan tribute album "Chimes of Freedom" - a fund-raiser for Amnesty International is by Malaysian singer songwriter Zee Avi.