Bob Dylan has surprised us all with a new song posted without warning today on his website. The song is a cover of the 1945 hit "Full Moon and Empty Arms," written by Buddy Kaye and Ted Mossman and crooned most famously by Frank Sinatra that same year.
Even more exciting -- Rolling Stone reports that according to a spokesperson for Dylan, "This track is definitely from a forthcoming album due later on this year." Although no title has been confirmed for the album, Dylan has posted a very album cover-y looking image to his website with the words "Shadows in the Night" ...intriguing.
Dylan's cover -- spare in texture, shadowy in mood -- highlights the song's mystery and lonesomeness. In contrast, check out Sinatra's schmultzy, orchestral 1945 cover below.
The song's hand-me-down history actually goes even farther back in history: it was inspired by the last movement of Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff's extremely popular Piano Concerto No. 2 (1901). Hear the solo piano play the theme from Rachmaninoff below.
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