Unearthed Bob Dylan lyrics for sale

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bobdylan_-.jpgBob Dylanites! Crack open the penny jar and start countin’ the shrapnel because some handwritten lyrics of an unknown Bob Dylan song have been unearthed and are being offered at auction. The song in question is called ”NYC Blues” and was written by Zimmerman in 1961, shortly after he arrived in Greenwich Village. As it’s from way back when, the song was deemed not good enough and quickly discarded.
The lyrics, written in pencil on lined paper, were left by Dylan at the East 28th Street apartment of Mac and Eve McKenzie, with whom he stayed when he first arrived in New York. Mac and Eve’s son, Peter McKenzie, inherited it with other scribbles left by the bucolic bard at the McKenzie home. Now he’s cashin’ in! Read over for full lyrics and where to bid…


Of course, Dylan has covered The Big Apple in two well-known songs about his early days in the city; “Talking New York”, which appeared on his debut cut, and “Hard Times In New York Town”, which saw the light 30 years after putting it to tape on the Bootleg Series Vols 1-3. The lyric of “NYC Blues” probably predates both… and here is the full lyric;
You ever been walking down the streets in NY town
Walking down east fourth St,
Call for the Mayor to fix the trouble there, mayor’ll say there ain’t no
trouble, it’s all down in Wash-S
Standing on the corner of Broadway an’ 49th seen so many people I never saw in my life
I went to sleep at nite clean as I could be when I awoke in the morning dirt all over me
Now I don’t mind dirt cause there’s dirt on the land but did you ever see dirty – that’s one thing I can’t stand
A seventh line begins “I…” and then stops, indicating that Dylan was either dissatisfied with the lyric or completely bored out of his skull.
If you wanna bid on the song, bids are invited at RRAuction (click here) Winning bidder gets a letter of authentication and all that jazz.

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