By Tony Attwood
Aaron Gailbraith has been doing a great job recently as Untold’s official bloodhound, searching out unlisted Dylan compositions, and here he has found another one:
Gone But Not Forgotten
Below is the initial commentary on the song, and below that the correspondence between Larry and Aaron as they worked out the lyrics. The lyrics are then printed out in full with variants noted, along with the guitar chords on our second article
Now the first thing to say is that this doesn’t appear on the official Bob Dylan site (although our friends in official Dylan Land have been known to consult us on occasion, so maybe we are ahead of the game on this one). It also isn’t in Heylin – although the latter is excusable since this song is of recent origin.
The prime source of the story is the Variety website which tends to be fairly accurate in what it reports (although I am reading it from the UK, so friends in the US might have a different view). They say.
“It’s surprising enough that Grammy and Oscar-winning producer T Bone Burnett teamed up with Justin Bieber collaborator Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd and Jingle Punks founder Jared Gustadt for a project called Bear and a Banjo that only makes music for films and TV…
“Even odder? Bob Dylan — yeah, that Bob Dylan — has gotten in on the action, contributing lyrics to another song from the project, “Gone But Not Forgotten…”
“The song’s origins are similar to those of Burnett’s 2014 project “Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes,” which saw musicians like Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford, Jim James and Rhiannon Giddens performing songs based on previously unrecorded lyrics written by Dylan for a project with founding members of The Band.
“Dylan didn’t take part in the recording sessions, but “You could kind of feel his spirit in the room,” Gustadt says. “You knew those were classic lyrics. It was a bizarre, unique collaboration, and just to see his name on the lyrics sheet, it’s pretty crazy”.”
You can hear the song online. It is the lower one of two listed on
I have had a bash at transcribing the lyrics but there are so many that I am not getting, it would be far too embarassing for me to provide my version. And I can’t find anything on the internet beyond the links I have given above.
So if we can get the lyrics out it will be another first for Untold Dylan. Everyone will be fully acknowledged as with other songs we have treated in this way. If we can get a full set of lyrics I will then publish them within the article with of course the names of everyone who has worked on this.
Please do have a listen – and please do write in your version of the lyrics below. If you prefer absolute anonymity send your version to Tony@schools.co.uk and I absolutely won’t reveal your details and just put the lyrics on the site as “anonymous contributor”.
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