By Tony Attwood. Lyrics transcribed by Larry Fyffe
“Patty gone to Larado” has always annoyed me in the sense that there is no recording of it on the internet which is readily – or at least easily – available. I’m sure there are other Dylan songs that are likewise not available, but this one always sticks in my mind largely because I rather like the piece.
There is a recording that is part of the Rolling Thunder Review 1975 Live Recordings package, and that is still available on Amazon at £50 in the UK, so I guess about $60 in the US, which is quite a lot if you are just after one track.
But quite some time ago, I found a recording of Dylan (I think) performing it, and that is still on this site here. You need to go to around the five minute mark on the video.
And that is the recording you need to listen to if you are interested in the song unless you want to buy the complete album, but… there is a danger of course that it might be removed at some time. And given there is only one…
Therefore a while back I made a recording myself, just to keep one available.
Then Larry did a new transcription of the lyrics recently…
Patty gone to Larado Everything in the blue Patty gone to Larado Bring on that tune Gonna think in a bar room Have to figure it soon I don't drink alone Within the hollow And don't anything in a wedding By an old eye happen tonight But the door is still locked And it's so Patty gone to Laredo But she be back soon Left Jamaica this morning On a boat Bonnie Lou Born in 'Liz Texas timber Up where the eagles fly Then makes him tell it never But she don't cry And Laurel's playing for money On your ribbon wide, get on his side Yes, the doorway, the door is locked But the key's inside
And so following on from that I thought I would have another bash at singing it. Now you’ll probably only want to listen to this after a few stiff ones, but given the paucity of copies that are available (what with no artists wanting to have a go themselves, probably because it is near impossible to make any sense of the lyrics) I thought I would try again.
Please don’t take this to mean I am offering this as a recording you need to listen to, but rather just to try and make sure that at least one version remains available.
Recordings of other Dylan songs by readers of Untold, plus our efforts at using an artificial intelligence program to create new Dylan songs, can be found at the foot of the most recent episode of Bob Dylan Showcase
And just in case you are a real glutton for punishment, and in case it vanishes, here is a copy of the first recording that appeared on this site some years ago.
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