If You See Her, Say Hello

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"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
Genre Folk rock
Length 4:49
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Bob Dylan
Producer(s) Bob Dylan

"If You See Her, Say Hello" is a song by Bob Dylan released on his 15th studio album Blood on the Tracks in 1975. An alternative version is 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[edit]

There is an Italian version by singer Francesco De Gregori, called "Non Dirle Che Non È Così".

Jeff Buckley covered the song in a live performance on his album Live at Sin-é.

The Brazilian singer Renato Russo covered the song changing the title and lyrics to "If you see him, say hello".

Dylan has performed alternate versions of the song in concert. His 1976 Lakeland, Florida performance has different lyrics for every verse.[1]

References in popular culture[edit]

Bob Geldof used the title as the opening line to his composition "A Gospel Song" from his 1990 album The Vegetarians of Love.[2]

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 mentioned the song as a favorite, but it was incorrectly transcribed as "If You See A Sailor, Hello!".[citation needed]

It is played in the closing scene of the 19th episode, "Vesuvius" in the 9th season of How I Met Your Mother.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ http://www.lyricstime.com/bob-geldof-a-gospel-song-lyrics.html

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