He sometimes messes with the end-rhyme he carries over from the song that he pays tribute to – ‘dry’/’cry’:
(Wilf Carter: Rye Whiskey ~ traditional)
In the lyrics below, Dylan introduce a syllabic end-rhyme: – ‘dry’/’cryin’:
In the following lines, there’s a selfsame rhyme – ‘alone’/’alone’:
(The Carter Family: The Prisoner’s Song ~ traditional)
Below a reworked end-rhyme that is a true one – ‘alone’/’tone’:
The two songs following Dylan obviously links, and he marks this fact by dropping an odd rhyme twist on the song he sources – ‘upon/pawn’:
(The Carter Family: Gold Watch And Chain ~ by Thomas Westendorf)
Westendorf resonates ‘upon’ with ‘pawn’ within his own song, but Dylan comes up with an unaccompanied cross-over twister – ‘upon it’/’pawn it’:
i.e., ‘La Belle Dame Sans Merci’ – ‘brow’/’now’:
The song below repeats the selfsame rhyme as in the above poetic work by Poe – ‘brow’/’now’:
Bob Dylan messes with the following song lyrics -‘man’/’x’:
(The Carter Family: John Hardy ~ traditional)
To go with the end-word in the first line of the traditional song above, Dylan, in the verse below, conjures up an off-rhyme to resonate with it – ‘man’/’hand:
It seems that, unlike John Hardy, John Harding has more than two guns, and more than two hands to hold them in.
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