“I got a new girl” – another early Dylan song that we originally missed

by Tony Attwood

Aaron Galbraith, who has provided us with so many Dylan songs that I’ve missed in the past has found this previously unreviewed Dylan original from 1959… As he says, “I believe the writing of this may even predate When I Got Troubles…”

 

Aaron has also provided his  take on the lyrics for which I am very grateful…

Well I got a new girl
She says she’s my one
But my new girl she won’t come home
Come on now baby say you’ll be mine always
And I’ll be your one for eternity
Come on little doll little
Take a little, give a little love
Come on little doll little
Take a little, give a little love


Well I got a new girl
She says she’s my one
But my new girl she won’t come home
Come on now baby say you’ll be mine always
And I’ll be your one for eternity

The track was recorded by Ric Kangas, a high school friend of Dylan’s, in 1959. Today Kangas still has (or has auctioned off, depending on which web site you read) a recording with four songs where Dylan is heard either on guitar or vocal.

The song is listed in Heylin’s collection, and it is the fourth Dylan song he lists following, “Song to Brigit” (a song no one has heard but which was mentioned by Dylan when talking to Izzy Young in 1961), “Big Black Train” (possibly co-written with Monte Edwardson, in 1957 or 1958), “Hey Little Richard” and “When I got troubles” also known as “Teen Love Serenade.”

Heylin dismisses the song as Dylan doing an impression of Clarence Frogman Henry, which makes me think Heylin did not listen to the song, which he calls a standard teen wish fulfilment song – which is probably correct.

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3 Responses to “I got a new girl” – another early Dylan song that we originally missed

  1. LarryFyffe says:

    I hear something close to this:

    Well, I got a new girl
    She says she’s my own
    But my new girl she won’t come home
    Come on now baby say you’ll be mine always
    And our love is a love for all eternity
    Love little doll
    It’ll take a little, give a little love
    Love little doll
    It’ll take a little, give a little love

  2. LarryFyffe says:

    A finger slip – should be

    ‘for eternity’

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