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Author:  oldmanemu [ Mon March 11th, 2013, 07:06 GMT ]
Post subject:  Song To Woody

Possibly this is the first song a young teenage Dylan wrote in New York and we know for a fact Woody was the inspiration. This song was written sometime after Song To Bonny (written for Bonnie Beecher), and it too used the tune of Guthrie's 1913 Massacre.
Most likely it was only to be expected that Dylan would borrow a Guthrie tune for this tribute. He was only imitating Woody who had spent years borrowing tunes and lines from tradition , like many troubadours before him.
When Elliot Mintz questioned Dylan about this, he used Guthrie as an example of someone who used existing melodies as a basis for many songs.

Author:  Johanna Parker [ Mon March 11th, 2013, 14:56 GMT ]
Post subject:  Re: Song To Woody

You mean nothing has changed?

Author:  superhuman crew [ Mon March 11th, 2013, 15:54 GMT ]
Post subject:  Re: Song To Woody

Johanna Parker wrote:
You mean nothing has changed?


"except the words!" (sorry, I couldn't resist)

Author:  Johanna Parker [ Mon March 11th, 2013, 16:11 GMT ]
Post subject:  Re: Song To Woody

superhuman crew wrote:
Johanna Parker wrote:
You mean nothing has changed?


"except the words!" (sorry, I couldn't resist)


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Author:  oldmanemu [ Tue March 12th, 2013, 01:21 GMT ]
Post subject:  Re: Song To Woody

superhuman crew wrote:
Johanna Parker wrote:
You mean nothing has changed?


"except the words!" (sorry, I couldn't resist)

You are both right!

Author:  jcastro [ Sat March 16th, 2013, 10:19 GMT ]
Post subject:  Re: Song To Woody

agree with all that ....

Author:  Drew Fortune [ Wed April 10th, 2013, 16:39 GMT ]
Post subject:  Re: Song To Woody

So Bob Dylan is a creation used by an artist to appropriate the American music through time? Be it folk music in 1961 or Chicago Blues in 2009 or the Titanic trope in 2012. As someone who has only been around and aware of life since 2001, I have to throw my two cents in for the current era as the artist coming full circle, becoming hyper aware of his mythology maybe? Always being asked for a solution, Dylan seeked Guthrie in his early years and now as people look into his music for answer he points that back to the source, a source we may never find.

I never knew about 1913 massacre till I read the post, I mostly listen to the new Dylan but go back to the early records from time to time, cool stuff!

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