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Honey, Just Allow Me One More Chance

Released on "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan", 27 May 1963. This is an adaption of a song by Henry Thomas, who receives joint credit on the album but not in the songbooks. Compare to "Fishin' Blues" (Henry Thomas) (also known as "Fishing Blues"). Taj Mahal, in a February 1992 interview reproduced in the liner notes to "Taj's Blues", comments on "Fishin' Blues": "Henry Thomas. That's the third song [originally recorded for Vocalion in 1928] in a set of tunes that became very popular [in the 1960's]. Bob Dylan had a song called 'Honey, Won't You Allow Me One More Chance' and he said that he got the inspiration from some bluesman named Henry from down in Texas. I never knew who he was talking about, then I got hold of an album, and then realized, 'Oh Yeah! Here it is! Here's the melody and here's the words'". According to "No Direction Home" by Robert Shelton, page 157, Dylan claimed to have learned this song from "a nameless Texas blues recording". Influenced by Robert Johnson's "They're Red Hot" ("Robert Johnson - The Complete Recordings"). Influenced by "Hard Travelin'" (also known as "Hard Traveling") (Woody Guthrie).

(the above is from Ben Taylor)

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