When I Get My Hands On You

Album: Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes (2014)

Songfacts®:

  • Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes is an album featuring a collective of musicians recording under the moniker The New Basement Tapes. The record consists of a series of tracks based on handwritten Bob Dylan lyrics penned in 1967 during the period in which he created The Basement Tapes.
  • This romantic ode features the voice of Marcus Mumford. "I think Dylan's off-cuts are better than anyone else's prime cuts," Mumford commented to The Daily Telegraph. "Some were undeveloped but others were complete ideas that never saw the light of day. There was enough to write 40 songs, which is extraordinary, because that was like one summer's writing for him. It was a fascinating period of his life. He spent the summer of love holed up in a house while everyone else was down the road at Woodstock dropping acid and taking their clothes off."
  • The song hinges on the chorus: "Now you know, everywhere on earth you go, you're gonna have me as your man," as Mumford tells his love interest how it is and how it's going to be. "Reading through the lyrics, I think there's a conflict," the Mumford & Sons frontman said. "He has post-tour blues, where you come off the road and it's a weird adjustment to normal life. He was really relishing it, newly married and enjoying domesticity and rural life. But you can see him battle with it too."

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