Bob Dylan's handwritten lyrics for 'Let Me Die In My Footsteps' 1962,
Lot 172*
Bob Dylan's handwritten lyrics for 'Let Me Die In My Footsteps' 1962,
£45,000 - 55,000
US$ 77,000 - 94,000
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Bob Dylan's handwritten lyrics for 'Let Me Die In My Footsteps' 1962,
Lot Details
Popular Music Memorabilia
Bob Dylan's handwritten lyrics for 'Let Me Die In My Footsteps'
1962,
in pencil on a single sheet of trimmed plain paper, signed, titled and dated, six verses and chorus, the reverse with two further lines, 13.5 x 16.5cm (5¼ x 6½in)

Footnotes

  • This track was originally scheduled for inclusion on the 1963 album, 'The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan', together with three other songs, including 'Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues'. However, the record company, Columbia, feared a backlash from the John Birch Society and withdrew it from the album. This affected the feel of the record and three other songs were also replaced to restore the flow. Dylan was unhappy with this as 'Let Me Die' was a popular song at the time and was performed by him whenever possible. It was also Dylan's first written political, anti-war song, preceding 'Masters Of War'. 'Let Me Die...' was eventually officially released by Columbia on 'The Bootleg Series Vols. 1-3' in 1991. Some pressings of the album with the original four tracks included found their way out into circulation and these are now the most valuable of all Dylan recordings.

    Provenance: Kevin Krown and Peter McKenzie.
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