Song of the Day #1,519: ‘Dink’s Song’ – Bob Dylan

Volume 7 of Bob Dylan’s Bootleg Series is the companion soundtrack to Martin Scorsese’s excellent Dylan documentary No Direction Home.

The album, like the film, traces Dylan’s development as an artist from his earliest days through his electric phase, culminating with the famous “Royal Albert Hall” concert where an angry fan yelled out “Judas!”

The most interesting tracks on this collection are from Dylan’s first years as a recording artist. That includes today’s track, ‘Dink’s Song,’ which was recorded in 1960 in a Minneapolis hotel room. Right from the start, Dylan was masterful when covering old folk songs.

If I had wings
Like Noah’s Dove
I’d fly the river
To the one I love
Fare thee well, my honey
Fare thee well

I had a man
Who was long and tall
Moved his body
Like a cannonball
Fare thee well, my honey
Fare thee well

‘Member one evening
Was drizzling rain
And ‘round my heart
I felt an aching pain
Fare thee well, my honey
Fare thee well

Once I wore
My apron low
Couldn’t keep you
Away from my door
Fare thee well, my honey
Fare thee well

Now my apron
Is up to my chin
You pass my door
But you never come in
Fare thee well, my honey
Fare thee well

Oh, mighty river
Runs muddy and wild
Can’t care the bloody
For my unborn child
Fare thee well, my honey
Fare thee well

Number 9 train
Won’t do no harm
Number 9 train
Take my poor baby home
Fare thee well, my honey
Fare thee well

Fastest man
I ever saw
Skipped Missouri
On the way to Arkansas
Fare thee well, my honey
Fare thee well

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,519: ‘Dink’s Song’ – Bob Dylan

  1. Dana says:

    Not many people can turn on a tape recorder in a hotel room and sound this good!

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