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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