” See You Later, Allen Ginsberg” is a joyful throw-away that appears on Bob Dylan’s The Genuine Basement Tapes Volume 4. It was recorded at Big Pink, West Saugerties, New York, between June and October 1967. The “back-up band” is (of course) The Band. The giddy response in the call-and-response is by the much-missed Richard Manuel.
‘s a thirty-second clip of Allen in 1995 extolling Bob Dylan – “It’s not that Dylan invented great lyrics, it’s that he actually continued great lyrics”..”If you have Ma Rainey – “I’m Goin’ (Gone) Where The Southern Cross The Yellow Dog”, or if you get on to Robert Johnson’s “Stones In My Passway”
, or, if you go on further to Skip James…”
“The young poet
took me aside at a party in Bolinas and played me some records from a new young singer..folk singer, and it was the “Masters of War”, I think (“A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall”) – “I’ll know my song well before I start singing, and stand on a mountain where all can reflect it” – and I was really amazed..”
“And reflect it from the mountain so all soul’s can see it./ Then I’ll stand on the ocean until I start sinkin’/ But I’ll know my songs well before I start singin’..”
“The Dylan/Ginsberg Sessions – A List of All Known Collaborations Between Allen Ginsberg and Bob Dylan”, is (or will be) a useful discographic reference and may be viewed here
They’ll be plenty more Dylan-Ginsberg posts on the Allen Ginsberg Project, rest assured.
Part two of this post coming up tomorrow.