If You See Her, Say Hello
|"If You See Her, Say Hello"|
|Single by Bob Dylan|
|from the album Blood on the Tracks|
|A-side||Tangled Up in Blue|
|Released||January 17, 1975|
|Recorded||December 30, 1974 at Sound 80 in Minneapolis, Minnesota|
"If You See Her, Say Hello" is a song by Bob Dylan released in 1975 on his 15th studio album, Blood on the Tracks, and as a single B-side. It is one of five songs on the album that Dylan initially recorded in New York City in September 1974 and then re-recorded in Minneapolis in December that year, the later recording becoming the album track (and single). One of the September 1974 outtakes was included on The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961–1991.
The song describes an anonymous lost love, who no longer loves the persona after they had "a falling-out". Although the persona clearly feels wounded by the breakup: "Our separation, It pierced me to the heart", he appears not to resent the anonymous character, declaring "Oh, whatever makes her happy, I won't stand in the way."
Covers and alternative versions
The Brazilian singer Renato Russo covered the song changing the title and lyrics to "If you see him, say hello".
References in popular culture
It is mentioned by David Duchovny's character Hank Moody at the end of episode five of the Showtime series Californication, describing the album as a "real heartbreak album" and begins to sing the opening verse of the song to his daughter, Becca.
An interview with Ricky Gervais in The Guardian (Friday Review, page 23, 12th April 2002) mentioned the song as a favorite, but it was incorrectly transcribed as "If You See A Sailor, Hello!".
- Abrams, Rick. "http://web1.uct.usm.maine.edu/~rabrams/LakelandHello.html". If You See Her, Say Hello Lakeland, Florida 1976. University of Souther Maine. Retrieved 22 June 2011.
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