Dylan writings at Summer camp to be sold to help refurbish Herzl camp

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A handwritten version of Hank Snow’s “Little Snow” by Bob Dylan is to be auctioned next month in New York to raise money to refurbish Herzl Camp in Northwestern Wisconsin, where the icon wrote it while a teenage camper there.

Written when Dylan was 16 for the Summer camp’s newspaper The Herzl Herald, the poem is estimated to raise in the region of $10,000 to $15,000.

Copied lyrics to Hank Snow’s ‘Little Buddy’, the ‘poem’, below, is signed off with Dylan’s birth name Bob Zimmerman and was kept by the paper’s editor Lisa Heilicher.

The auction is set to take place at the New York, Rockefeller Plaza on June 23. You can see the poem and bid online here.

Dylan’s poem reads thus:

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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