Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie
|"Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie"|
|Poem by Bob Dylan from the album The Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961-1991|
|Released||March 26, 1991|
|Recorded||April 12, 1963|
|Genre||Spoken Word, Poetry|
|The Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961-1991 track listing|
"Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie" is a poem written by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, and recited live during his April 12, 1963 performance at New York City's Town Hall. It was released in 1991 on The Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961-1991 after circulating on bootleg releases for years, even appearing on the ten-LP box set Ten of Swords in 1985.
Dylan's performance at the Town Hall on April 12 was used to debut several new compositions, such as "Tomorrow Is a Long Time", "Dusty Old Fairgrounds", "Ramblin' Down Thru the World", and "Bob Dylan's New Orleans Rag". However, at the end of the concert, Dylan returned to the stage to recite one of his poems in public, "Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie", which he has never done since. In his introduction, Dylan explained that he had written the piece after being asked to "write something about Woody...what does Woody Guthrie mean to you in twenty-five words" in the impending release of a book about Guthrie. He then explains that he "couldn't do it, I wrote out five pages, and, I have it here, have it here by accident, actually." Most of the poem describes the plight of one or more persons addressed by an anonymous narrator, only at the end mentioning the poem's subject, by suggesting that God or Woody Guthrie might have an answer for the afflicted.
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