THE PROPERTY OF HERZL CAMPBob Dylan
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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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.
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