Song to Woody
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|"Song to Woody"|
|Song by Bob Dylan from the album Bob Dylan|
|Released||March 19, 1962|
|Bob Dylan track listing|
"Song to Woody" is one of the first ever songs written by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released on his eponymous debut album Bob Dylan in 1962. The song conveys Dylan's appreciation of folk legend Woody Guthrie. The tune is based on Guthrie's song "1913 Massacre". The song also makes references to icons such as Cisco Houston, Sonny Terry and Lead Belly whose music Dylan appreciated. The line "that come with the dust and are gone with the wind" quotes the line "we come with the dust and we go with the wind" in Guthrie's song "Pastures of Plenty".
Dan Bern makes heavy references to "Song to Woody" in his song "Talkin' Woody, Bob, Bruce & Dan Blues".
David Bowie also makes reference to the song in his own tribute to Dylan, "Song for Bob Dylan", which begins with the line, "Now hear this, Robert Zimmerman, I wrote this song for you" mirroring Dylan's own "Hey, hey Woody Guthrie, I wrote you a song."
Frank Turner references the song in his song "Pass it Along", with the lyrics "Hey, hey Mr Dylan, I have written you a song." This originally appeared on his Rock & Roll EP and was subsequently released on compilation The Second Three Years, which also features a cover of "Song to Woody" renamed "Song to Bob" with some lyrical adjustments.
- Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 31 - Ballad in Plain D: An introduction to the Bob Dylan era. [Part 1]" (audio). Pop Chronicles. Digital.library.unt.edu. Track 3.
- "Searching For A Gem", Bob Dylan's Officially Released Rarities and Obscurities: Audio: 2000
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