Bob Dylan’s Handwritten Lyrics up for Auction in New York

November 30, 2010

Sotheby’s announced that it is to auction the original handwritten lyrics to Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are a-Changin’” next month in New York City.

“The Times They Are a-Changin’” has been called an “anthem for the protest movement.” It was released as the title track of his 1964 album “The Times They Are a-Changin’”. Dylan told Cameron Crowe “I wanted to write a big song, with short concise verses that piled up on each other in a hypnotic way. The civil rights movement and the folk music movement were pretty close for a while and allied together at that time.”

Also Dylan told Crowe that his song “was influenced of course by the Irish and Scottish ballads.” The BBC reported that Dylan admitted that “The Times They Are a-Changin’” was originally a Scottish folk tune. “It’s probably from an old Scottish folk song. That’s the folk tradition. You use what’s handed down,” Dylan said.

The autograph manuscript, which is signed by Bob Dylan, is written in pencil on a sheet of unruled three-hole notebook paper (8 1/2 x 11 in.). It is expected to sell for $200,000 to $300,000 on December 10.

Bob Dylan's handwritten lyrics

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