23 June 2009,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 25,000
Estimate USD 20,000 - USD 25,000
Extremely rare, handwritten, partial working lyrics for the song With God On Our Side from the seminal 1964 album The Times They Are A-Changin. The manuscript features half the seventh, the complete eighth and ninth verses to the song, along with numerous corrections, words scratched out, and a signature Bob Dylanin pencil. 7x7½in.
If fire them we're forced to then fire them we must
One push of the button and a shot the world wide
And you never ask questions when God's on your side.
Through many a dark hour I've been thinking about this
That Jesus Christ was betrayed by a kiss
But I can't think for yuh you'll have to decide
If Judas Iscariot had God on his side.
So now as I'm leaving I'm weary as Hell
The confusion I'm feeling ain't no tongue can tell
The words fill my head and fall to the floor
If God's on our side he'll stop the next war.
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