Bob Dylan was the musical guest on the penultimate episode of The Late Show with David Letterman, hitting the Ed Sullivan Theater on Tuesday night for the first time since 1993.
“I spend a lot of time, like everybody does, driving around with my son Harry. Sometimes you feel like you take an opportunity to teach him or reinforce things for him,” Letterman said in his introduction of Dylan. “I say, ‘Harry, what are the two most important things to know in the world? There’s really only two things you need to know.’ He says, ‘One, you have to be nice to other people.’ I said, ‘That’s right. And what’s the other one?’ He says, ‘The greatest songwriter of modern times is Bob Dylan.’ That’s all you need to know in life.”
Rather than play one of his own songs, however, Dylan performed the appropriately melancholy “The Night We Called It a Day” (off his 2015 album of pop standards, Shadows in the Night). “Beautiful,” Letterman said when it was over. Watch it below.
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