Annotation

Work status:

  • Lyrics were first published in Broadside #20.
  • First copyright date: 1963-04-11
  • Copyright renewed in 1991
  • Jean Ritchie believed that the melody for Masters of War had been taken from her arrangement of Fair Nottamun Town. She requested that she be given arranger credit for Masters of War. Instead, Bob Dylan paid her $5,000 USD for her to drop that claim and any future claims.
Annotation last modified on 2012-01-08 17:33 UTC.

Relationships

composer: Bob Dylan (1963-01)
lyricist: Bob Dylan (1963-01)
publisher: Warner/Chappell (1963 – 1991)
Special Rider Music (1991 –)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/song/mt0005306630 [info]
SecondHandSongs: http://www.secondhandsongs.com/work/4558 [info]
Songfacts: http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=7112 [info]
Wikidata: Q659944 [info]
lyrics page: http://decoda.com/bob-dylan-masters-of-war-lyrics [info]
later translated versions: Ni som tjänar på krig
later versions: Rocky Flats Peril
version of: Fair Nottamun Town

Recordings

Date Title Attributes Artist Length
performance
1989-07-19 Masters of War (1989-07-19: Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD, USA) live Bob Dylan ?:??
1992-10-16 Masters of War (live, 1992-10-16: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY, USA) cover and live Eddie Vedder & Mike McCready 5:06
1992-10-16 Masters of War cover and live Pearl Jam ?:??
1995-03-30 Masters of War live Bob Dylan 5:25
1995-10-15 Masters of War (acoustic) (1995-10-15: Thibodaux Civic Center, Thibodaux, LA, USA) live Bob Dylan ?:??
1995-10-16 Masters of War (acoustic) (1995-10-16: McAlister Auditorium, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, USA) live Bob Dylan ?:??
1999-04-28 Masters of War (1999-04-28: Hala Tivoli, Ljubljana, Slovenia) live Bob Dylan ?:??
2002-05-02 Masters of War (live, 2002-05-02: Sportpaleis Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands) live Bob Dylan 4:54
2003-10-22 Masters of War (live, 2003-10-22: Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA, USA) cover and live Pearl Jam 6:06
2006-05-30 Masters of War (live, 2006-05-30: MCI Center, Washington, D.C., USA) cover and live Pearl Jam 6:36
2007-07-24 Masters of War (2007-07-24: Anselmo Valencia Tori Amphitheater, Casino Del Sol, Tucson, AZ, USA) live Bob Dylan 3:35
2008-05-10 Masters of War (live, 2008-05-10: Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria) live Bob Dylan ?:??
2008-08-19 Masters of War (2008-08-19: Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center, Canandaigua, NY, USA) live Bob Dylan ?:??
2008-11-04 Masters of War (2008-11-04: Northrop Auditorium, Minneapolis, MN, USA) live Bob Dylan 5:41
2008-11-11 Masters of War (2008-11-11: John Labatt Centre, London, ON, Canada (Neumann km140 source)) live Bob Dylan ?:??
2008-11-11 Masters of War (2008-11-11: John Labatt Centre, London, ON, Canada (source 2)) live Bob Dylan ?:??
2008-11-18 Masters of War (2008-11-18: Centre Bell, Montreal, QC, Canada (Sennheiser MKE2002 source)) live Bob Dylan ?:??
2009-03-31 Masters of War (2009-03-31: AWD-Halle, Hannover, Germany (source 2)) live Bob Dylan ?:??
2009-03-31 Masters of War (2009-03-31: AWD-Halle, Hannover, Germany (source 1)) live Bob Dylan 5:02
2009-04-14 Masters of War (2009-04-14: St. Jacobshalle, Basel, Switzerland (source 1)) live Bob Dylan ?:??
2009-04-14 Masters of War (2009-04-14: St. Jacobshalle, Basel, Switzerland (source 2)) live Bob Dylan ?:??
Master of War cover Eddie Vedder 4:46
Master of War cover The Flying Pickets 3:19
Master Of War cover and live Eddie Vedder & Mike McCready 4:45
Master of War (acoustic) (1999-11-19, early show: Copa Room, Sands Casino, Atlantic City, NJ, USA) live Bob Dylan ?:??
Masters of War (1996-11-23: E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall, University of Akron, Akron, OH, USA (16/44 version)) live Bob Dylan ?:??
Masters of War Bob Dylan 4:39
Masters of War live Bob Dylan 5:20
Masters of War live Bob Dylan 5:18
Masters of War live Bob Dylan ?:??
Masters of War live Bob Dylan 5:06
Masters of War Bob Dylan 4:48
Masters of War (1995-03-15: Unterfrankenhalle, Aschaffenburg, Germany) live Bob Dylan 4:43
Masters of War (1963-04-12: Town Hall, New York City, NY, USA) live Bob Dylan 6:13
Masters of War (1995-04-04: Labatts Apollo, Manchester, UK) live Bob Dylan ?:??
Masters of War (2008-06-24: Pabellón Anaitasuna, Pamplona, Spain) live Bob Dylan ?:??
Masters of War Bob Dylan 4:41
Masters of War (1996-07-23: Christiania: Den Gra Hal, Copenhagen, Denmark) live Bob Dylan ?:??
Masters of War (1990-07-01: Ruisrock, Ruissalon Kansanpuisto, Turku, Finland) live Bob Dylan ?:??
Masters of War (1989-06-19: Palatrussadi di Milano, Milano, Italy) live Bob Dylan ?:??
Masters of War (1989-06-26: Patras Festival, Ethniko Stadio, Patras, Greece) live Bob Dylan ?:??
Masters of War Bob Dylan 4:23
Masters of War (1978-12-12: The Omni, Atlanta, GA, USA) live Bob Dylan ?:??
Masters of War (1990-06-30: Kalvøya-Festivalen, Kalvøya, Sandvika, Norway) live Bob Dylan ?:??
Masters of War (1990-08-20: Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, BC, Canada) live Bob Dylan ?:??
Masters of War (1990-07-07: Torhout-Werchter Rock Festival, Torhout, Belgium) live Bob Dylan ?:??
Masters of War (1994-08-14: Woodstock '94, North Stage, Saugerties, NY, USA) live Bob Dylan 5:14
Masters of War (1978-10-31: Civic Center, St. Paul, MN, USA) live Bob Dylan ?:??
Masters of War (1978-06-20: Earl's Court, London, England, UK) live Bob Dylan 4:14
Masters of War (1984-06-28: Minestadio del F.C. Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain) live Bob Dylan ?:??
Masters of War (1990-01-30: Theatre de Grand Rex, Paris, France (LTB source)) live Bob Dylan ?:??
Masters of War live Bob Dylan & Tom Petty 4:49
Masters of War live Bob Dylan 4:28
Masters of War (1998-10-20: Regina Agridome, Regina, SK, Canada) live Bob Dylan ?:??
Masters of War live Bob Dylan 6:34
Masters of War live Bob Dylan 5:18
Masters of War live Bob Dylan 5:00
Masters of War cover The Long Ryders 4:24
Masters of War cover Pearl Jam 4:57
Masters of War (1984-05-28: Arena di Verona, Verona, Italy) live Bob Dylan & The Band ?:??
Masters of War (1996-11-23: E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall, University of Akron, Akron, OH, USA (24/48 version)) live Bob Dylan ?:??
Masters of War (officially released studio recording) Bob Dylan 4:34
Masters of War (1999-06-18: Concord Pavillion, Concord, CA, USA) live Bob Dylan ?:??
Masters of War (2001-07-10: Piazza Duomo, Brescia, Italy) live Bob Dylan ?:??
Masters of War (2000-06-29: Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Irvine, CA, USA) live Bob Dylan ?:??
Masters of War live Bob Dylan ?:??
Masters of War live Bob Dylan 5:34
Masters of War live Bob Dylan 5:51
Masters of War (1999-07-14: All-Tel Pavilion at Walnut Creek, Raleigh, NC, USA) live Bob Dylan 5:28
Masters of War Bob Dylan 5:34
Masters of War live Bob Dylan 6:11
Masters of War live Bob Dylan 4:52
Masters of War live Bob Dylan & Tom Petty 5:14
Masters of War live Bob Dylan & Tom Petty 4:53
Masters of War live Bob Dylan 5:54
Masters of War live Bob Dylan 6:00
Masters of War live Bob Dylan 5:27
Masters of War (1988-06-10: Greek Theatre, Berkeley, CA, USA) live Bob Dylan 3:50
Masters of War live Bob Dylan ?:??
Masters of War (1962-07-xx through 1963-03-xx: Witmark & Sons studio sessions) Bob Dylan ?:??
Masters of War (1963-01-26: Broadside Office, New York City, NY, USA) Bob Dylan ?:??
Masters of War (1963-02-xx: "Skip Weshner Show") live Bob Dylan ?:??
Masters of War cover and live Eddie Vedder 5:04
Masters of War cover Eddie Vedder 5:34
Masters of War (live, 1996-10-16: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY, USA) cover and live Pearl Jam 5:05
Masters of War cover and live Pearl Jam 4:46
Masters of War cover and live Pearl Jam 4:59
Masters of War cover and live Pearl Jam ?:??
Masters of War cover Mark Arm 4:00
Masters of War (2008-11-18, Centre Bell, Montreal, QC, Canada (source 2)) live Bob Dylan ?:??
Masters of War (1978-11-29: L.S.U. Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, LA, USA) live Bob Dylan ?:??
Masters of War live Bob Dylan & Tom Petty 4:58
Masters of War (1988-07-18: Meadowbrook Music Theatre, Oakland University, Rochester Hills, MI, USA) live Bob Dylan ?:??
Masters of War live Bob Dylan 2:58
Masters of War (2009-04-21: Zenith, Strasbourg, France (source 1)) Bob Dylan 5:30
Masters of War (2009-04-21: Zenith, Strasbourg, France (source 2)) live Bob Dylan 5:34
Masters of War (2009-04-28: Cardiff International Arena, Cardiff, Wales, UK (source 1)) live Bob Dylan ?:??
Masters of War (1999-05-01: Silvretta Ski and Funsport Arena, The Idalpe, Ischgl, Austria) live Bob Dylan ?:??
Masters of War (1996-11-22: Morris Civic Auditorium, South Bend, IN, USA) live Bob Dylan ?:??
Masters of War live Bob Dylan 4:52
Masters of War (1999-06-13: Gorge Amphitheater, Columbia River Gorge, WA, USA) live Bob Dylan ?:??
Masters of War (1978-10-27: Wings Stadium, Kalamazoo, MI, USA) live Bob Dylan ?:??
Masters of War (2002-02-02: Ice Palace Arena, Tampa, FL, USA) live Bob Dylan 4:54
Masters of War (1990-06-27, Laugardalsholl, Reykjavik, Iceland) live Bob Dylan 3:59
Masters of War (1978-06-26: Westfalenhalle, Dortmund, West Germany) live Bob Dylan ?:??
Masters of War (1994-05-03: Roberts Stadium, Evansville, IN, USA) live Bob Dylan ?:??
Masters of War (1994-05-01: Jesse Auditorium, Columbia, MO, USA) live Bob Dylan ?:??
Masters of War (1989-06-22: Stadio di Ardenza, Livorno, Italy) live Bob Dylan ?:??
Masters of War (1995-07-07: Freilichtbühne, Glauchau, Germany) live Bob Dylan ?:??
Masters of War (1978-12-10: Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, NC, USA) live Bob Dylan ?:??
Masters of War (1994-10-18: Roseland Ballroom, New York, NY, USA) live Bob Dylan ?:??
Masters of War live Bob Dylan 6:30
Masters of War cover Pearl Jam ?:??
Masters of War cover Pearl Jam 4:45
Masters of War cover Hattie Peterson 5:48
Masters of War cover Kevn Kinney 5:46
Masters of War cover Arsonists Get All the Girls 4:16
Masters of War ("Original Mono Recordings" remaster) Bob Dylan 4:34
Masters of War cover The Flying Pickets 3:17
Masters of War cover Roger Taylor 3:51
Masters of War cover Anika 7:33
Masters of War cover Tim O’Brien 3:27
Masters of War cover Odetta 6:18
Masters of War cover MY BABY 5:08
Masters of War Bill Frisell 9:02
Masters of War cover Martin Pearson & the MP3 5:04
Masters of War cover and live Pearl Jam 4:39
Masters of War cover and live Don McLean 3:00
Masters of War cover, instrumental and partial Jewels and Binoculars 4:54
Masters of War cover Cher 4:09
Masters of War cover and live Pearl Jam 4:50
Masters of War cover and live Pearl Jam 5:06
Masters of War cover and live Pearl Jam ?:??
Masters of War cover and live Pearl Jam 4:43
Masters of War cover Pearl Jam 4:38
Masters of War cover and live Pearl Jam 4:39
Masters of War cover and live Pearl Jam 6:52
Masters Of War cover Mark Arm 4:00
Masters Of War cover and live Eddie Vedder ?:??
Masters Of War cover and live Pearl Jam 4:47
Masters of War (acoustic) (2000-03-17, early show: Reno Hilton Amphitheater, Reno, NV, USA) live Bob Dylan ?:??
Masters of War (acoustic) (1998-02-14: Public Hall, Cleveland, OH, USA) live Bob Dylan ?:??
Masters of War (acoustic) (1996-11-20: Michigan State University Auditorium, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA (Neumann KM140 source)) live Bob Dylan ?:??
Masters of War (acoustic) (2002-08-21: Omaha Civic Auditorium, Omaha, NE, USA) live Bob Dylan ?:??
Masters of War (acoustic) (1996-11-15: Stephens Auditorium, Stephens College, Columbia, MO, USA) live Bob Dylan ?:??
Masters of War (acoustic) (1997-04-20: William T. Boylan Gymnasium-Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ, USA) live Bob Dylan ?:??
Masters of War (acoustic) (1996-11-20: Michigan State University Auditorium, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA (Sony D7 source)) live Bob Dylan ?:??
Masters of War (acoustic) (2001-10-24: La Crosse Center Arena, La Crosse, WI, USA) live Bob Dylan ?:??
Masters of War (acoustic) (1994-08-28: State Theatre, Kalamazoo, MI, USA) live Bob Dylan ?:??
Masters of War (dub) cover Anika 3:26
Masters of War (live at Town Hall, NY 4/12/63) (extended radio edit) live Bob Dylan 5:21
Masters of War (live) cover and live Pearl Jam 5:38
Masters of War (live) live Bob Dylan 4:43
Masters of War (live) cover and live Pearl Jam 5:33
Old Masters (Masters of War) cover Leon Russell 1:24