Dylan’s Dog


Patti Smith is a great fan of Bob’s songwriting, and vice versa.

 
 

“have you seen
dylan’s dog
it got wings
it can fly
if you speak
of it to him
its the only
time dylan
can’t look you in the eye

have you held
dylan’s snake
it rattles like a toy
it sleeps in the grass
it coils in his hand
it hums and it strikes out
when dylan cries out
when dylan cries out

have you pressed
to your face
dylan’s bird
dylan’s bird
it lies on dylan’s hip
it lies on dylan’s hip
trembles inside of him
it drops upon the ground
it rolls with dylan round
it’s the only one
who comes
when dylan comes

have you seen
dylan’s dog
it got wings
it can fly
when it lands
like a clown
he’s the only
thing allowed
to look dylan in the eye”

Patti Smith
From Early Work 1970-1978
W.W. Norton, New York 1995

 
 

Patti’s poem Dylan’s Dog is about a dream Patti had of Dylan and his dog. Patti listened to Dylan’s World Gone Wrong over and over while writing songs after her husband Fred’s death. She covers Dylan’s Wicked Messenger on Gone Again, and several critics have pointed to Dylan’s influence on other songs on the album.

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