Bob Dylan’s Songs

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LONDON — The unpublished lyrics of an anti-nuclear protest song written by Bob Dylan 50 years ago are to be sold in London next month after being found in a drawer in Sweden.

Auction house Christie’s said the song – Go Away You Bomb– was written for an unpublished book of protest songs when Dylan was working on his second album, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, which helped to propel him to global fame.

Dylan’s early years were dominated by poetic, anti-war songs, including the folk classic Blowin’ In The Wind.

The lyrics of the new song include typically “beat” Dylan verse: “I hate you cause yer man-made and man-owned an’ man-handled/An’ you might be miss-made an’ miss-owned an’ miss- handled an’ miss-used/An’ I hate you cause you could drop on me by accident an’ kill me.”

Christies said Dylan compositions at the time were among his most political and led to him being dubbed the “Spokesman of a Generation”.

“[This] is not only a beautiful example of Dylan’s songwriting, representing his political protest activities during that era, but is also a potent symbol of the anxieties of the American public in the early 1960s,” Nicolette Tomkinson, a director of Christie’s, said in a statement.

She said the sheet of typed lyrics, including handwritten deletions and alterations, was expected to sell on June 26 for between 25,000-35,000 pounds ($39,000-$54,000).

Dylan wrote Go Away You Bomb in 1963 for Izzy Young, who owned the Folklore Center in Greenwich Village, New York, and organized Dylan’s first concert in 1961.

Young, 85, who moved to Stockholm in the early 1970s and set up a similar center, came across the forgotten lyrics in a drawer a few years ago.

Funds raised from the sale will go to keep the center running.

And now, a Bob Dylan 1998 song

Things Have Changed – Bob Dylan

A worried man with a worried mind
No one in front of me and nothing behind
There’s a woman on my lap and she’s drinking champagne
Got white skin, got assassin’s eyes
I’m looking up into the sapphire-tinted skies
I’m well dressed, waiting on the last train

Standing on the gallows with my head in a noose
Any minute now I’m expecting all hell to break loose

People are crazy and times are strange
I’m locked in tight, I’m out of range
I used to care, but things have changed

This place ain’t doing me any good
I’m in the wrong town, I should be in Hollywood
Just for a second there I thought I saw something move
Gonna take dancing lessons, do the jitterbug rag
Ain’t no shortcuts, gonna dress in drag
Only a fool in here would think he’s got anything to prove

Lot of water under the bridge, lot of other stuff too
Don’t get up gentlemen, I’m only passing through

People are crazy and times are strange
I’m locked in tight, I’m out of range
I used to care, but things have changed

I’ve been walking forty miles of bad road
If the Bible is right, the world will explode
I’ve been trying to get as far away from myself as I can
Some things are too hot to touch
The human mind can only stand so much
You can’t win with a losing hand

Feel like falling in love with the first woman I meet
Putting her in a wheelbarrow and wheeling her down the street

People are crazy and times are strange
I’m locked in tight, I’m out of range
I used to care, but things have changed

I hurt easy, I just don’t show it
You can hurt someone and not even know it
The next sixty seconds could be like an eternity
Gonna get low down, gonna fly high
All the truth in the world adds up to one big lie
I’m in love with a woman who don’t even appeal to me

Mr. Jinx and Miss Lucy, they jumped in the lake
I’m not that eager to make a mistake

People are crazy and times are strange
I’m locked in tight, I’m out of range
I used to care, but things have changed

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