Bob Dylan Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Album


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Release Date: 03/27/1967
Tracks in Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits: Blowin' in the Wind, It Ain't Me, Babe, I Want You, Just Like a Woman, Like a Rolling Stone, Mr. Tambourine Man, Positively 4th Street, Rainy Day Women #12 & 35, Subterranean Homesick Blues, The Times They Are A-Changin'

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I Was Young When I Left Home | Reviewer: Eddie | 4/15/09

Thank you very much for replying. I had forgotten most of the lyrics. The other side of the album had a live version of John Birch Society Blues, but I have that on CD's. No way can I recall the other cuts on that album. Thanks again, and God Bless.



I was Young When I Left Home | Reviewer: Steve Borrow | 3/28/09

Reviewer Eddie wanted to find the lyrics of this beaut little song from one of Bob's early bootleg LPs. I had a collection of five of Bob's Bootlegs back in the 70s, Eddie, and really loved that ballad, too. From memory, I think it was on the Stealin' Bootleg. There is a version of it on "No Direction Home: The Soundtrack"(Bootleg Series Vol 7). I cannot say whether it is the same version, but would be surprised if it isn't.

This was performed right in the middle of Bob's Woody Guthrie period, and he has obviously borrowed most of the lyrics from his hero. Note his use of the wind metaphor, which he used in "Blowin in the Wind", to convey the sense of surrendering to the vagaries of fate.

Here are the lyrics, Eddie:-

I was young when I left home,
And I been out a-ramblin' round,
And I never wrote a letter to my home.
To my home, Lord, to my home,
And I never wrote a letter to my home.

It was just the other day,
I was bringin' home my pay,
When I met an old friend I used to know.
Said: "Your mother's dead and gone
And your sister's all gone wrong,
And your daddy needs you home right away"

Not a shirt on my back
Not a penny on my name
But I can’t go home this a-way
This a-way, Lord, this a-way
And I can’t go home this a-way.

If you miss the train I'm on
Count the days I am gone
You will hear that whistle blow hundred miles
Hundred miles, honey baby, Lord, Lord, Lord
And you'll hear that whistle blow hundred miles.

When I'm playin' on a track, Ma would come and woop me back,
On them trussles down by ol' Jim McKay’s.
When I pay the debt I owe to the commissary store,
I will pawn my watch and chain and go home.
Go home, Lord, Lord, Lord,
I will pawn my watch and chain and go home.

Used to tell my ma sometimes when I see them ridin' blind,
Gonna make me a home out in the wind.
In the wind, Lord, in the wind,
Make me a home out in the wind.

I don't like it in the wind,
I go back home agin,
But I can’t go home this a-way.
This a-way, Lord, Lord, Lord
And I can’t go home this a-way.

I was young when I left home.
And I been all a-ramblin' round.
And I never wrote a letter to my home.
To my home, Lord, Lord, Lord.
And I never wrote a letter to my home.



Bootleg..prior to 1970 | Reviewer: Eddie | 3/15/09

I'm sorry, this is not a review, but a plea for help in finding the lyrics that were on a bootleg album. There was no title obviously, but I found the album in Manhatten Beach, CA in 1970. I lost the album in a tornado that destroyed my mobile home...and my lp collection, including Dylan's albums. Thanks to God, I and my son recovered from our injuries, but I've been looking for this particular song since 1991: "I was young when I left home, Lord I've been out ramblin' round, and I never wrote a letter to my home. It was just the other day, I'd been drinkin' on my pay, when I ran into a friend I used to know. Said your Mother's dead and gone, baby Sister's all gone wrong, and your Daddy needs you home right away. When I pay the debt I owe, at the commissary store, I will pawn my watch and chain and go home." It has been over 18 years since I've listened to that album. Thanks to God, my son and I recovered from our injuries we suffered that day in l99l. My age is 62, and I owned all of Dylan's lp's until that tornado. Can you help me? Thanks for your time.




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