Song of the Day #1,981: ‘Pretty Saro’ – Bob Dylan

dylan_another_self_portraitBest Songs of 2013 – #11

Another Self Portrait, the latest installment of Bob Dylan’s great Bootleg Series, goes a long way toward redeeming Self Portrait, widely considered Dylan’s worst album.

Or at least it makes you wonder about the album Dylan might have released had he gone in a different direction.

I mean, why on earth did he not include ‘Pretty Saro’ on the official release? This is a simple and lovely song and performance that would have been the highlight of the album, but Dylan — oddball that he is — chose to keep it in the vault.

Well, it’s our gain now. After decades of Dylan’s ragged vocals, how strange and sweet to hear this delicate delivery.

Down in some lone valley
In a sad lonesome place
Where the wild birds do all
Their notes to increase

Farewell pretty Saro
I bid you Adieu
But I dream of pretty Saro
Wherever I go

Well my love she won’t have me
So I understand
She wants a freeholder
Who owns a house and land

I cannot maintain her
With silver and gold
And all of the fine things
That a big house can hold

If I was a poet
And could write a fine hand
I’d write my love a letter
That she’d understand

And write it by the river
Where the waters overflow
But I dream of pretty Saro
Wherever I go

3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,981: ‘Pretty Saro’ – Bob Dylan

  1. Dana says:

    Pretty enough song, but nothing spectacular, certainly not as compared to other great Dylan songs. And I just so disliked this frog guy voice time of his career. Give me gravelly limited range Dylan over this any day.

  2. Dana says:

    Frog guy = froggy, though I like the notion of a frog guy as well.πŸ˜„

  3. Andrea Katz says:

    Funny because I was just thinking how nice and melodic Dylan’s voice is here. I am a big fan I know but still, he sounds so good to me. Same sounding voice as in Lay Lady Lay…beautiful!

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