The Rhymes they are A-Changin’
Blog Guy, I read in a Reuters story that some previously unpublished lyrics by legendary songwriter Bob Dylan are going up for auction this month.
Yes, it’s an incredible window into the creative process. The lyrics are heavily annotated, sometimes in crayon, so you can actually see how they evolved.
Can you give us examples?
Sure. There are unedited first drafts of “Blowin’ in the Window,” “Don’t Give it a Second Thought, it’s Okay,” and “Like a Pebble that Rolls If You Kick It.”
Those were his originals titles? Boy, it really makes you think, huh? Give us more.
Sure. The auction is also offering embryonic versions of “Everybody Must get Drunk,” and “I Ain’t Gonna work in Maggie’s Pharmacy no More.”
I can see you’re having a good time with this, Blog Guy. How about one more for the really hard-core Dylan fans?
Okay. “It Takes a Lot to Laugh, it Takes a Train to pull a Snack Car.”
That’s just stupid. So which item will you be bidding on at the auction?
I’m going for the original manuscript of “Mr. Tangerine Man.”
Top: Rock legend Bob Dylan performs in Ho Chi Minh City on April 10, 2011 REUTERS/Stringer
Right: U.S. music legend Bob Dylan sits on stage before receiving his honorary Doctor of Music degree during a ceremony at St Andrews University, Scotland, June 23, 2004. REUTERS/David Cheskin/POOL