Annotation

Work status:

  • Originally titled "Woody’s Song"
  • First copyright date: 1962-05-07
  • Copyright renewed in 1990
  • The lyrics for this song were part of the "MacKenzie papers".
  • This is one of the songs Bob Dylan listed in 1962 as his 'repertoire'. It has been suggested that this list was either a potential album tracklist, if he'd had a record deal at the time, or else a list of the songs to be played for John Hammond at an informal audition on or about 1962-09-10:

                 1. Dope Fiend Robber
                 2. Talking Bear Mt. (later retitled "Talking Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues")
                 3. Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Blues
                 4. Over the Road I’m Bound To Go (later retitled "Sally Gal")
                 5. California Brown Eyed Baby
                 6. I Hear a Train A'Rolling
                 7. Rocking Chair
                      * An earlier version of the list shows B.U.P. instead of Rocking Chair.
                 8. Old Man (John Doe) (later retitled "Man on the Street")
                 9. Get Where I’m Going (aka I’ll Get Where I’m Going Some Day)
                 10. Woody’s Song (later retitled "Song to Woody")
                 11. Talking New York Town (later retitled "Talkin' New York")
                 12. Great Chicagonian

Annotation last modified on 2012-01-08 04:12 UTC.

Relationships

lyricist and composer:Bob Dylan (in 1961)
publisher:Duchess Music Corporation (from 1962 until 1964)
MCA Music (not for release label use! this is a music publisher, ASCAP-affiliated) (from 1964 to present)
lyrics page:http://lyrics.wikia.com/Bob_Dylan:Song_To_Woody [info]
https://genius.com/Bob-dylan-song-to-woody-lyrics [info]
later versions:[Song to Bonny]

Recordings

DateTitleAttributesArtistLength
performance
1961-09-06Song to Woody (live, 1961-09-06: Gaslight Café, New York)liveBob Dylan3:07
1961-11-04Song to Woody (live, 1961-11-04: Carnegie Chapter Hall, New York City, NY, USA)liveBob Dylan4:14
1989-06-15Song to Woody (1989-06-15: Palacio de Los Deportes, Madrid, Spain)liveBob Dylan?:??
1992-10-16Song to WoodyliveBob Dylan3:51
2000-09-14Song to Woody (2000-09-14: The Point Depot, Dublin, Ireland)liveBob Dylan?:??
Song to BobcoverFrank Turner3:03
Song to WoodycoverEarl Scruggs3:06
Song to WoodyBob Dylan2:43
Song to WoodyBob Dylan2:43
Song to WoodyBob Dylan3:12
Song to WoodyBob Dylan?:??
Song to WoodyBob Dylan?:??
Song to WoodyBob Dylan2:41
Song to WoodyliveBob Dylan backed by Booker T. & The MG’s feat. G. E. Smith & Jim Keltner3:44
Song to WoodyBob Dylan & George Harrison4:39
Song to WoodyliveBob Dylan3:20
Song to Woody (officially released stereo studio recording)Bob Dylan2:42
Song to WoodyGeorge Harrison?:??
Song to WoodycoverJohnny Cash3:08
Song to WoodyBob Dylan2:42
Song to WoodycoverBernard Carney4:13
Song to WoodyBob Dylan?:??
Song to WoodyBob Dylan2:44
Song to WoodyliveBob Dylan3:12
Song to WoodyBob Dylan2:43
Song to WoodyliveBob Dylan3:13
Song to WoodyBob Dylan4:35
Song to WoodyliveBob Dylan?:??
Song to WoodyBob Dylan3:40
Song to WoodyliveBob Dylan?:??
Song to Woody (1974-01-03: Chicago Stadium, Chicago, IL, USA)liveBob Dylan?:??
Song to Woody (live)Bob Dylan4:39
Song to WoodyBob Dylan4:26
Song to WoodycoverSilverstein2:11
Song to Woody (original mono studio mix)Bob Dylan2:42
Song to Woody (acoustic) (1999-11-11: Continental Arena, East Rutherford, NJ, USA)liveBob Dylan?:??
Song to Woody (acoustic) (1999-11-13: Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, NJ, USA)liveBob Dylan?:??
Song to Woody (acoustic) (2000-03-11: Rec Center, Cal Poly University, San Luis Obispo, CA, USA)liveBob Dylan?:??
Song to Woody (live version)liveBob Dylan4:26