Lot #2073
Bob Dylan Handwritten and Signed Lyrics for 'All Along the Watchtower'

Dylan writes out his most-performed song: "All along the watchtower princes kept the view / All the women came and went barefoot servants too"
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Dylan writes out his most-performed song: "All along the watchtower princes kept the view / All the women came and went barefoot servants too"

Incredible handwritten lyrics by Bob Dylan for his brilliant song, "All Along the Watchtower," one page, 8.25 x 11.75, written in black ink and signed neatly at the conclusion, "Bob Dylan, 2013."

The lyrics, in full:

"There must be some kind of way out of here said the joker to the thief
There's too much confusion and I can't get no relief
Businessmen they drink my wine and ploughmen dig my earth
None of them along the line know what any of it is worth

No reason to get excited the thief he kindly spoke
There are many here among us who feel that life is but a joke
But you and I we've been through that and this is not our fate
Let us not talk falsely now the hour is getting late

All along the watchtower princes kept the view
All the women came and went barefoot servants too
Outside in the distance a wildcat did growl
Two riders were approaching and the the wind began to howl"

In very fine condition. Accompanied by a 2014 letter of authenticity from Jeff Rosen, president of the Bob Dylan Music Company, in full: "I represent Bob Dylan. This letter will certify that the hand-written lyrics to All Along the Watchtower, contained herein, is an authentic Bob Dylan manuscript, signed and dated in his own hand."

Written and recorded by Bob Dylan for his 1967 album John Wesley Harding, "All Along the Watchtower" has become one of the songwriter's most enduring hits—it appears on most of his greatest hits compilations and has been performed in concert more than any of his other songs. It earned further acclaim with Jimi Hendrix's recording on Electric Ladyland; of the cover, Dylan said: 'I liked Jimi Hendrix's record of this and ever since he died I've been doing it that way…Strange how when I sing it, I always feel it's a tribute to him in some kind of way.'

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Marvels of Modern Music
  • Dates: April 14, 2022 - May 19, 2022





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