Bye and Bye

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"Bye and Bye"
Song by Bob Dylan
from the album Love and Theft
ReleasedSeptember 11, 2001
RecordedMay 2001
GenreFolk rock, blues
Songwriter(s)Bob Dylan
Producer(s)Jack Frost
Love and Theft track listing
12 tracks
  1. "Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum"
  2. "Mississippi"
  3. "Summer Days"
  4. "Bye and Bye"
  5. "Lonesome Day Blues"
  6. "Floater (Too Much to Ask)"
  7. "High Water (For Charley Patton)"
  8. "Moonlight"
  9. "Honest With Me"
  10. "Po' Boy"
  11. "Cry a While"
  12. "Sugar Baby"

"Bye and Bye" is a song written by Bob Dylan, released in 2001 as the fourth track on his album Love and Theft.

Musically, "Bye and Bye" is what Oliver Trager calls an "easygoing, lilting ballad...something one would expect from Leon Redbone or, from an earlier era, Bing Crosby. Some Dylanists have traced the musical source for 'Bye and Bye' to 'Having Myself a Time,' a song popularized by Billie Holiday and written by Leo Robin and Ralph Rainger".

Lyrically, however, "Bye and Bye" appears to have darker concerns. According to Trager again:

["Bye and Bye"] slowly gives way to the sentiments of a scary stalker. As Richard Harrington wrote in his September 16, 2001, Washington Post review of Love and Theft:
In "Bye and Bye," Dylan sings "The future for me is already past / You were my first love, you will be my last." Take him literally and it's about obsessional desire for a particular woman. But it's also about American roots music and Dylan's abiding appreciation for it, and inspiration from it, over the course of half a century.

Dylan first performed the song live in October 2002.


  • Trager, Oliver. Keys to the Rain: The Definitive Bob Dylan Encyclopedia. Billboard Books, 2004.

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