Song to Woody...Bob Dylan B (G form)


I'm out here a thousand miles from my home
Walking a road other men have gone down
I'm seeing a new world of people and things
Hear paupers and peasants and princes and kings.

Hey hey Woody Guthrie I wrote you a song
About a funny old world that's coming along
Seems sick and it's hungry, it's tired and it's torn
It looks like it's dying and it's hardly been born.

Hey Woody Guthrie but I know that you know
All the things that I'm saying and a many times more
I'm singing you the song but I can't you sing enough
'Cause there's not many men that've done the things that you've done.
Here's to Cisco and Sonny and Leadbelly too
And to all the good people that travelled with you
Here's to the hearts and the hands of the men
That come with the dust and are gone with the wind.

I'm leaving tomorrow but I could leave today
Somewhere down the road someday
The very last thing that I'd want to do
Is to say I've been hitting some hard travelling too.

Dave Williams added verse
Bob sang to Woody, now Bob I sing to you
it's 50 years gone and your words still ring true.
through the whole world folks sing your songs
god bless you and keep you as you get along

This is one of two original songs on Bob Dylan's debut album, titled "Bob Dylan". By his own account in the autobiography "Chronicles" Dylan tells of his last visit to Woody Guthrie at Greystone Park State Hospital in Morris Plains, NJ; realizing that given Woody's deteriorating condition, he would probably never see him again. On the long trip from New Jersey back to Greenwich Village, Dylan got the inspiration for "Song to Woody" which is squarely in the Guthrie style. By this time, Dylan had been given the "blessing" of Woody and the folk royalty of the time that he, Dylan, was the one who would carry the torch forward. Dylan recorded the song in 1961 and one can only speculate if he had any idea at that time of what the future would bring... that his own ascendancy would, in fact, bring Woody's work and his legend to new prominence.