By Tony Attwood
A while back Senior Untold Detective Aaron Galbraith discovered another Bob Dylan song that only had words by no music: Song to Bonny.
Now as you may know, we’ve made a habit of finding these lyrics and having one or two of our readers write and record the music to go with them.
We’ve got these – and one of them as well as Song to Bonny is still outstanding – “Let me come baby” which has a request to write the lyrics.
- Untold Dylan Showcase: the publisher’s turn
- Don’t let anyone write your story – original renditions
- Don’t let anyone write your story, Rob Beretta
- Don’t let anyone write your story, Paul Robert Thomas
- Listen Robert Moses
- Dope Fiend Robber
- Dope Fiend Robber the Paul Robert Thomas version
- “Dope Fiend Robber” by Bob Dylan and Nick Juno
- Let me come baby – request to write the lyrics
And so moving on…
Here is another Dylan lyric with no music, plus an invite to you to create the song and have it published here.
I’m going to go out on a limb and say it was probably set to the same music as Song To Woody…but who knows so if you are of a musical frame of mind you can do what they want with it!
It’s called Song To Bonny and was written in December 1960. I’ve transcribed the lyrics from the source material here to make it easier to read…
The lyrics date from about the same time as “Talkin’ Hugh Brown and “Bonnie Why’d you Cut my Hair?” and Heylin says it “appears to be Dylan’s first serious attempt to put a real girl into one of his own songs.”
Heylin also ventures the notion that the song may have been sung to the tune of “1913 Massacre” and tells us that Bonny later married Hugh Romney.
So if you feel in song writing mood and want to put your music to this set of lyrics please do so and send it in to Tony@schools.co.uk and we will publish it here.
The threat from the publisher is that if no one sends in a musical version soon the publisher will publish his own version.
Here is the manuscript if you prefer to work from that