Song to Woody (2:41)

Cover of Bob Dylan: The Collection

From Bob Dylan: The Collection and 82 other releases

“Song to Woody” is one of the first ever songs written by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released on his eponymous debut album Bob Dylan in 1962. The song conveys Dylan’s appreciation of folk legend Woody Guthrie. The tune is based on Guthrie’s song “1913 Massacre”. The song also makes references to icons such as Cisco Houston and Leadbelly whose music Dylan appreciated.


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I'm out here a thousand miles from my home
Walkin' a road other men have gone down
I'm seein' your world of people and things
Hear paupers and peasants and princes and kings

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  • RAY7654321

    Released on March 19, 1962 the album "Bob Dylan" was Bob's debut album, produced by John H Hammond and called "Hammond's Folly' because it was a commercial flop, only sold about 2500 copies. This song was written by Bob, but I personally think Ramblin' Jack does it best and with more heartfelt emotion as Woody was his best friend.

    5 Sep 2014 Reply
  • ElRet

    Wow and wow and wow again.

    29 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Sgt_Baker

    "the men who come with the dust and are gone with the wind "

    11 Apr 2012 Reply
  • arsham_sh

    "The last thing that I’d want to do is to say I’ve been hittin’ some hard travelin’ too"...tribute to a legend

    7 Sep 2011 Reply
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    30 Aug 2011 Reply
  • milkynomad

    here's to the hearts and the hands of the men who come with the dust and are gone with the wind

    22 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Afangefel

    What a touching song to a great man. [2]

    20 Feb 2011 Reply
  • anarchyof77

    After Freight Train Blues it feels like a meditation, so calm.

    15 Feb 2011 Reply
  • yarden1

    The video plays the wrong song...

    25 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Ruandre

    I discovered this song via Mad Men :)

    19 Nov 2010 Reply
  • TristUK

    Amazing, one of my favorite Dylan song!

    1 Sep 2010 Reply
  • oruiz

    Woody Guthrie (and this song) are both very good

    22 Aug 2010 Reply
  • andresgualdron

    There are no words to describe how amazingly fucking beautiful this is. (2)

    21 Jun 2010 Reply
  • rustco

    A Song to Bob Dylan (David Bowie)

    14 Jun 2010 Reply
  • whoredkidneys

    There are no words to describe how amazingly fucking beautiful this is.

    5 Nov 2009 Reply
  • kellytime

    looks like baby gene's dyin' and he's a-hardly been born

    22 Sep 2009 Reply
  • kageru-hinoryu

    Yep, great ending on Mad Men :D

    22 Sep 2009 Reply
  • ifeltyourshape

    Yeah, this was an incredibly beautiful ending to Mad Men tonight. Just makes me love the song even more.

    21 Sep 2009 Reply
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