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    Sale 2179

    Pop Culture

    23 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 234

    Bob Dylan

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    Bob Dylan
    Handwritten lyrics to the Hank Snow song Little Buddy by the teenage Bob Dylan as a camper at Herzl Camp in Northwestern Wisconsin during the mid-1950s for publication in the camp newspaper The Herzl Herald.The two-pages of lyrics (composed on both sides of a single sheet of paper) are written in blue ink and signed Bobby Zimmerman. It reads:

    Little Buddy

    Broken hearted and so sad
    Big blue eyes all covered with tears
    Was a picture of sorrow to see

    Kneeling close to the side
    Of his pal and only pride
    A little lad, these words he told me

    He was such a lovely doggy
    And to me he was such fun
    But today as we played by the way

    A drunken man got mad at him
    Because he barked in joy
    He beat him and he's dying here today

    Will you call the doctor please
    And tell him if he comes right now
    He'll save my precious doggy here he lay

    Then he left the fluffy head
    But his little dog was dead
    Just a shiver and he slowly passed away

    He didn't know his dog had died
    So I told him as he cried
    Come with me son we'll get that doctor right away

    But when I returned
    He had his little pal upon his knee
    And the teardrops, they were blinding his big blue eyes

    Your too late sir my doggy's dead
    And no one can save him now
    But I'll meet my precious buddy up in the sky

    By a tiny narrow grave
    Where the willows sadly wave
    Are the words so clear you're sure to find

    Little Buddy Rest In Peace
    God Will Watch You Thru The Years
    Cause I Told You In My Dreams That You
    Were Mine

    Bobby Zimmerman

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    Post Lot Text

    The editor of the newspaper kept the handwritten submission for over fifty years, and recently returned it to the camp. Proceeds from the sale of the poem will be used for rebuilding cabins and other camp facilities to allow the camp to continue to offer a unique camping experience to all campers.