Bob Dylan’s handwritten lyrics going for a staggering $2.2M

By tsell on April 27, 2020
Bob Dylan 1965
American folk/rock singer and songwriter Bob Dylan smiles during a meeting with the British press, April 28, 1965. (Photo by H. Thompson/Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Bob Dylan’s handwritten lyrics of  “The Time They Are A-Changin” listed for $2.2 million

By Trent Sell

Now’s your chance to own a piece of music history from legend Bob Dylan, but it will cost you a staggering 2.2 million. This original handwritten note contains the lyrics for his classic song “The Time They Are A-Changin.”

The note is being auctioned off at Moments in Time memorabilia website. You can see a picture of the entire lyrics note there. While it’s listed at $2.2 million, it will most likely go for more because that is just the starting price. The piece of memorabilia includes handwritten notes from Dylan, lyrics that never made it into the pivotal 1964 song, and a whole verse with a big “X” through it. The crossed-out verse includes the lyrics, “Come all magicians of illusion and deceit/With 100 16 weights tied to your feet/Get up, get up stand on your feet.”

The song was recorded in 1963 and then released on his third studio album in 1964. “The Time They Are A-Changin” was released as the title track for this album.

The Moments in Time auction site describes the piece as “the original working manuscript of the iconic 60’s song.”According to Rolling Stone, if this was to sell at the listed price it would the most expensive set of lyrics in history.

The manuscript was originally owned by Jeff Rosen, Dylan’s manager. It is currently owned by an anonymous collector but is being sold through Moments in Time out of Los Angelas. Other lyrics up for auction include, “Subterranean Homesick Blues” for $1.2 million and “Lady Lady Lay” for $650,000.

Listen to the iconic track HERE.

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