What did you do at camp, Bobby?
How does it feel, How does it feel,
To be on your own, with someone else’s poem?
I love this one. We did a story yesterday about Christie’s plans to auction a hand-written poem by a teenaged Bob Dylan. Christie’s said the poem was believed written in 1957 when Dylan, then still using the name Bobby Zimmerman, was at a summer camp in Wisconsin.
That would probably be very valuable, except somebody who read our story pointed out that the poem was actually a song called “Little Buddy,” written by the late Canadian country singer Hank Snow. The error was confirmed today by Christie’s, and we did another story.
Nobody alleges any chicanery on the part of Dylan, Christie’s or the seller, nor is anyone criticizing Hank Snow for writing the song years earlier, thus depriving a young Dylan of the words he no doubt would have gone on to write.
But what makes this story so special to me is that Christie’s barely missed a beat. While conceding the poem was “in fact a revised version of lyrics of a Hank Snow song,” they insisted today that the item “still remains among the earliest known handwritten lyrics of Bob Dylan…” and that they still plan to auction it.
There’s no word yet on whether the auction will include other early Zimmerman works such as “Hamlet,” “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” or that 1957 classic, “How I Spent my Summer Vacation.”
Below: Undated photo from Christie’s. REUTERS/Handout