“Don’t Look Back,” the documentary of Bob Dylan’s 1965 tour of England, is wonderful in its entirety, but here we have a great scene in the Savoy Hotel that took place on May 3rd or 4th 1965, in which first we see Dylan typing — presumably working typing up song lyrics from handwritten notes — while Joan Baez sings Dylan’s “Percy’s Song” and then his great “Love Is Just A Four-Letter Word.”
Next Dylan takes the guitar to sing some of two Hank William’s classics: “Lost Highway,” with the opening line, “I’m a rolling Stone….” and “I’m So Lonesome I could Cry.”
Dylan recorded “Percy’s Song” during the sessions for The Times They Are A-Changin’ in 1963 but didn’t include it on the album.
Dylan wrote “Love Is Just A Four-Letter Word” in 1965, so it was a new song when Baez started singing it.
“Lost Highway” was written by country singer-songwriter Leon Payne in 1948 and recorded by Hank Williams in 1949.
“I’m So Lonesome I could Cry” was written and recorded by Williams in 1949.
Here’s Dylan singing “Percy’s Song” live at the Carnegie Hall, 1963:
Here’s Hank Williams doing “Lost Highway” and “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”:
Joan Baez sings “Love Is Just A Four-Letter Word”:
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