We’re taking a look back at a particular moment as two of our heroes collide in one gorgeous scene as Bill Murray sings Bob Dylan’s poem, and quite possibly his most romantic song ever, ‘Shelter From The Storm’. It’s a clip that not only showcases Dylan’s songwriting skill but the connection it provides for Murray too.
If there’s one thing we can be certain of in this world it is that Bill Murray is a man unto himself. He neither needs, nor seeks anyone’s approval. It’s an ethos that has seen him be a part of some unique and idiosyncratic projects during his long and illustrious career. It’s the very value which his fans hold most dear, his inability to be conceited or contrived.
As well as always being on the cutting edge of film, television and cinema, or indeed purely amusing himself, Murray has always been a deeply literate man, believing that reading and books broaden the mind beyond any other pale.
It’s led to the actor adding another starring role to his CV as he often reads and recites poetry, sometimes in less than obvious places. So it seems fitting that in one of Murray’s more recent screen roles saw the actor again reciting poetry but this time it wasn’t Emily Dickinson, Billy Collins or Cole Porter. This time it was the iconic Bob Dylan, and his award-winning words.
It’s hard to quantify the impact Dylan had on Murray, the actor has often reflected on the great music that inspired him as an actor. However, as a clip from Murray’s 2014 film St. Vincent will show, he clearly connects with the folk singer’s lyrics—at least on his song ‘Shelter From The Storm’.
The film puts Murray in the starring role as a cantankerous war veteran, Vincent, who makes friends with a child whose parents have just got divorced. It’s a warming story and is replicated in this brief clip. It sees Vincent take a step outside to water a dying plant all why sneaking a cheeky ciggie. With headphones on, listening to Dylan’s Blood On The Tracks song, he lets loose.
“Twas in another lifetime, one of toil and blood/ When blackness was a virtue and the road was full of mud/ I came in from the wilderness, a creature void of form ‘Come in,’ she said, ‘I’ll give you shelter from the storm,'” Murray sings.
“And if I pass this way again, you can rest assured/ I’ll always do my best for her, on that I give my word/ In a world of steel-eyed death, and men who are fighting to be warm/ ‘Come in,’ she said, ‘I’ll give you shelter from the storm.'”
It’s a touching moment of connection between an old vet, in Vincent, and a similarly war-torn troubadour, Bob Dylan.
Watch Bill Murray sing Bob Dylan’s ‘Shelter From the Storm’ below.