“Gone but not forgotten.” The only place you will find the lyrics to this Dylan song

By Tony Attwood

I started to review “Gone but not forgotten” but stopped because I was having such a problem with the words.   Larry and Aaron worked on the lyrics and came up with this – something it was necessary for “Untold” to do because no one else has tried.  Not even the official Dylan site.

(Dear Official Bob Dylan site, if you use our version would you like to give Larry and Aaron a credit – oh and maybe mention Untold Dylan too?.  But get their names right – its Larry Fyffe and Aaron Gailbraith – Aaron having spotted the song and alerted Untold to it.  Got that?  Good.)

[Alternative versions of unclear lines are in square brackets]

Now the point of running this again, rather than leaving the lyrics as an addendum to my very brief review last time is that to me (and as always it is just to me) the song makes much, much more sense with the lyrics printed out than it does without – simply because to my English ears much of the singing was unintelligible.

And of course it is the lyrics that we are here for – because Dylan wrote them.  But now with lyrics and music we can, I believe, really appreciate this song.

The song is here:  https://bearandbanjo.com/

For the first verse I have also added in brackets the guitar chords as I hear them

Gone but not forgotten [Am Gm Am Gm]
Cryin’ wouldn’t make her stay [Am Gm C]
Oh, she left me early one mornin’ [Am Gm Am Gm]
Just got up and walked away [Am Gm C]

Nineteen bird dogs, and one old measly hound
take all twenty of them to track my baby down, [six and twenty others to track my baby down]
two trains running neither of them going where I have to go [She says, ‘Honey, neither of’em goin’ where I have to go]
one going to Houston, one going to San Antonio [One goin’ to Navy, two of’em goin’ to San Antanio’]

She’s gone but not forgotten
Cryin’ wouldn’t make her stay
Oh, she left me early one mornin’
Just got up and walked away

Ain’t no difference any name of the women I meet
Some live on the first floor, some live right above the street
Some walk in high heels
Some others in their stocking feet

Lookin out my window
While the rain falls three days straight
sometimes I wonder how long my baby’s gonna make me wait

Gone but not forgotten
Cryin’ wouldn’t make her stay
Oh, she left me early one mornin’
Just got up and walked away

I can’t sleep
Till my heart has a beat
Don’t want to talk to nobody, oh no
Ain’t got no appetite to eat

Gone but not forgotten
Cryin’ wouldn’t make her stay
Oh, she left me early one mornin’
Just got up and walked away

Hope you enjoyed that.  As I say, no one else seems to have considered it.  My eternal thanks to Aaron and Larry.

The original review with more information on the origins of  the song appears at

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  1. I think it’s a great track…lyrically and musically…considering it was written at a time when Dylan was supposedly not writing, probably sometime late 2017…I wonder what else he might have wrote around this time…?

    Where would you place this in the yearly list?

    Oh..and I’m getting a mention on the official site…my last name is spelled Galbraith!

  2. Tony

    Aaron’s ‘two trains’ and ‘Houston’ version is definitely correct over my ‘she says’ initial offering.

  3. Tony/ Larry… what do you guys think of the track? Isn’t it amazing that during a time when it is assumed that Dylan wasn’t writing he can knock something like this out and it can be released with very little fanfare…one small write up in one magazine and that’s it!!

    I genuinely love the track…only thing that would make it better is a Bob vocal!

  4. It’s definitely “take” lol!

    Since hitting 40 my eyesight has got a bit dodgy but hearing is still spot on…!

    I do think the last verse is “still my heart has to beat…”

  5. On further listening, I’ll go with ‘take all’ (not ‘sent the’)too… …the singer seems to possess a bit of a sibilant manner to his speech which at first threw me off.

    It’s all good.

  6. So, Tony :

    You might want to remove my bracketed thoughts in your printed version of the first verse above – ‘sharp ears’ (lol)
    has got it right as far as I can tell.

  7. We have a consensus!! Amazing in this day and age!!

    Larry you got the ball rolling brilliantly!!

    Hats off to all involved!!

    A great piece of work from the Untold dream team!!

  8. In the last verse I think he neatly reverses the line She left me early one morning to She left me one early morning, which , for reasons I can’t explain, put a slightly different angle on things

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