Tombstone Blues / Highway 61 Revisited / 1965
Gypsy Davey with a blowtorch he burns out their camps
With his faithful slave Pedro behind him he tramps
With a fantastic collection of stamps
To win friends and influence his uncle
Title of traditional / Woody Guthrie song (1961).
Soon afterwards, as Donovan remembers, "There was this big road by our
house, and I used to look at that road and look at it, and one day I
took off on it." He and his buddy Gypsy Dave headed for the coasts of
England, rode the trucking lines, drifted on beaches, watched people and
played guitar. "We weren't working out the problems of the world; we
were letting our days fill up with strange encounters. We didn't talk
much, but we moved fast a lot." Listening to jazz and dixieland and
assimilating a variety of sounds, Donovan soon was spending his time
writing songs and stories. Returning to London, Donovan, then 18, made
his first tapes in a small basement studio.