Last night I finally finished the series 'Battlestar Gallactica'. Yes I know. Go ahead and welcome me to 2005. I enjoyed the show far better than I thought I would.
In the last couple of seasons the song "All Along the Watchtower" played a prominent role in the series. When it was first played they used a cover I was unfamiliar with. They used part of the intro in many episodes as a tool for the fleet's search of a home planet, even incorporating some of the lyrics into the dialogue.
What's strange is that whenever I heard it I always thought of the Hendrix cover and not the original. I've always loved the song, but Jimi, in my humble opinion, gave it the best treatment. Corey IM'd me a while back stating how he recently gave "All Along the Watchtower" a good listen for the first time and ended up falling in love with the lyrics and melody. He admitted he's heard it a number of times, but never really gave the song much thought until he focused in on what Dylan was trying to say. I was a bit taken aback as my friend's never been much of a Hendrix fan, or Dylan for that matter, but suddenly he was interested in learning more about Renton's favorite son.
Like Corey it was the song that got me hooked on Jimi Hendrix so many years ago and I've never stopped loving it. So today dear readers I bring you two versions of the song I so love (Youtube won't grace me with the Bob Dylan version sadly):
"Democracy don't rule the world, You'd better get that in your head; This world is ruled by violence, But I guess that's better left unsaid." - Bob Dylan