Roots of Bob

Bob Dylan's Dream

From Robert Shelton's No Direction Home (p. 156): For the melody, Dylan has credited his English friend, Martin Carthy, with the traditional singing of "Lord Franklin"

and Ben Taylor writes:

Note the similarity of the last two lines of Lord Franklin:

          "They sail-ed east and they sail-ed west 
           To find their passage they knew not best
           Ten thousand pounds would I freely give
           If I only knew if my husband lived

to "Bob Dylan's Dream". ["Ten thousand dollars at the drop of a hat, I'd give it all gladly if our lives could be like that"].

thanks to Ben Taylor

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