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|Song by Bob Dylan|
|from the album Another Side of Bob Dylan|
|Released||August 8, 1964|
|Recorded||June 9, 1964|
|Another Side of Bob Dylan track listing|
"To Ramona" is a folk waltz written by Bob Dylan for his fourth studio album, Another Side of Bob Dylan. The melody is taken from traditional Mexican folk music. "To Ramona" is also a nod to Rex Griffin's 1937 song "The Last Letter". The song is one of several on the album to highlight the more personal, less political, side of Dylan's songwriting that would become more prominent in the future. The song also makes allusions to Dylan's personal relationship with fellow folk singer Joan Baez, at the time of its composition and subsequent release. It is another example of the G, G6, G7 harmonic motif Dylan uses pervasively on the record. The song was recorded in one take in the Columbia Recording Studios on June 9, 1964.
A cover version of the song was recorded by The Flying Burrito Brothers on their 1971 self-titled album; this version is featured in the film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, which itself features a central character called Ramona Flowers. The influence of the song on the character's creation is indicated by an inter-title (chapter heading in the comic series) quoting the song's opening lyrics "Ramona, come closer".
Irish singer Sinéad Lohan recorded a version of "To Ramona" in 1996. This was released on a compilation album, The Loving Time.
In 1992 the Texas Tornados in their album Hangin' on by Thread made a version of "To Ramona" with lyrics partially translated and adapted into Spanish.
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