Lot #5065
Bob Dylan Handwritten Lyrics for 'Like a Rolling Stone'

Dylan's revolutionary hit single, 'Like a Rolling Stone'
 
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Description

Dylan's revolutionary hit single, 'Like a Rolling Stone'

Immensely desirable handwritten lyrics by Bob Dylan for his breakthrough single, "Like a Rolling Stone," one page, 8.25 x 11.75, The Dorchester of London letterhead, written in black ballpoint and signed neatly at the conclusion, "Bob Dylan, 2010."

The lyrics, in full:

"Once upon a time you dressed so fine threw the bums a dime in your prime, didn't you / People call say beware doll you're bound to fall you thought they were all kidding you / You used to laugh about everybody that was hanging out now you don't talk so loud now you don't seem so proud ‘bout having to be scrounging your next meal / How does it feel how does it feel to be on your own with no direction home like a complete unknown like a Rolling Stone.

You've gone to the finest schools alright Miss Lonely but you know you only used to get juiced in it / Nobody ever taught you how to live out on the street and now you find out you’re gonna have to get used to it / You said you’d never compromise with the mystery tramp but now you realize
he's not selling any alibis as you stare into the vacuum of his eyes and say do you want to make a deal / How does it feel how does it feel to be on your own with no direction home like a complete unknown like a Rolling Stone.

You never turned around to see the frowns on the jugglers and the clowns when they all did tricks for you / You never understood that it ain't no good you should never let other people get your kicks for you / You used to ride the chrome horse with your diplomat who carried on his shoulder a Siameze cat / Ain't it hard when you discover that he really wasn't where it's at after he’s taken from you everything he can steal / How does it feel how does it feel to be on your own with no direction home like a complete unknown like a Rolling Stone.

Princess on the steeple and all the pretty people drinking thinking that they got it made / Exchanging all precious gifts and things you better take your diamond ring you better pawn it babe / You used to be so amused at Napoleon in rags and the language that he used / Go to him he calls you and you can't refuse when you ain't got nothing you got nothing to lose you're invisible now you've got no secrets to conceal / How does it feel how does it feel to be on your own with no direction home like a complete unknown like a Rolling Stone.” In very fine condition.

Accompanied by a 2013 letter of authenticity from Jeff Rosen, president of the Bob Dylan Music Company, which reads: "I have represented Bob Dylan for the past 35 years. This letter will certify that the lyrics to Like a Rolling Stone contained herein are original Bob Dylan manuscripts, written in his own hand on Dorchester, London hotel stationery. To the best of my knowledge, there are only five of these manuscripts that exist as of the date of this letter.”

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Marvels of Modern Music
  • Dates: #611 - Ended June 24, 2021





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