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GutBucketeer Lyr Req: Minstrel Boy (Bob Dylan) (6) Lyr Req: Minstrel Boy - Bob Dylan correct lyrics 19 Feb 08


Does anyone have a definitive source on the correct lyrics for the first verse of Minstrel Boy by Bob Dylan on his Self Portrait album. I can't make them out, and none of the on-line lyrics seem to be correct either. Two common versions are shown below:

Version 1:

Who's gonna throw that minstrel boy a coin?
Who's gonna let it roll?
Who's gonna throw that minstrel boy a coin?
Who's gonna let it down easy to save his soul?

Oh, lucky's been drivin' a long, long time
And now he's stuck on top of the hill.
With twelve forward gears, it's been a long hard climb,
And with all of them ladies, though, he's lonely still.

Who's gonna throw that minstrel boy a coin?
Who's gonna let it roll?
Who's gonna throw that minstrel boy a coin?
Who's gonna let it down easy to save his soul?

etc.

Version 2:

Who's gonna throw that minstrel boy a coin ?
Who's gonna let it roll ?
Who's gonna throw that minstrel boy a coin ?
Who's gonna let it down easy to save his soul ?

Oh look, he's driving a long, long time
There he still sits on top of the hill
Well aching and jumping with all laid down
With all of them ladies you know he's lonely still
Who's gonna throw that minstrel boy a coin ?
Who's gonna let it roll ?
Who's gonna throw that minstrel boy a coin ?
Who's gonna let it down easy to save his soul ?

etc.

Neither the 12 forward gears or the aching and jumping lines seem correct to me.

JAB

P.S. Please don't reply, comment on, or mention the Irish song "The Minstrel Boy" here.


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