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He Was A Friend Of Mine 1

Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan © 1962 Music Corp. of America

(Official lyrics @ www.bobdylan.com)


20 Nov 1961
the bootleg series volumes 1-3 [rare and unreleased] 1961-1991
THE BOOTLEG (T-286)
IN THE PINES (T-645)

2 July 1962
THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION
FINJAN CLUB, MONTREAL, JULY 2, 1962 (BD Archive)
LIVE / FINJAN CLUB MONTREAL QUEBEC JULY 2 1962 (T-156)
MONTREAL 1962 NEW YORK 1961 #2 (T-103)
HISTORICAL ARCHIVES Vol. 2 (vinyl bootleg)

Bob Dylan recording session 1, Columbia Studio A, NYC - 20.nov.1961  
Finjan club, MontrŽal, QuŽbec - 2.jul.1962 (f)  

Two lyrics with small differences, and an extra verse on the Finjan version 

He was a friend of mine
He was a friend of mine
Every time i think [about him now | his name(f)]
[Lord | God(f)], i [just] can't keep from cryin'
'Cause he was a friend of mine.

He died on the road
He died on the road
He never had ['nough | that much(f)] money
To pay his room [or | and(f)] board
An' he was a friend of mine.

I stole away an' cried
I stole away an' cried
'Cause i never had [too | that(f)] much money
An' i never been quite satisfied
An' he was a friend of mine.

He was never that bad (f, extra verse)
He was never that bad
He was a friend of mine
One of the very best i had
Yes 'n' he was a friend of mine.

He never done no wrong
He never done no wrong
A thousand miles [from home | away(f)]
An' he never harmed no one
[| Yes] An' he was a friend of mine.

He was a friend of mine
He was a friend of mine
Every time i [hear | think(f)] his name
[Lord | God(f)], i just can't keep from cryin'
['Cause | And(f)] he was a friend of mine. 
    

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He Was A Friend Of Mine 2


4 Nov 1961
free download from The Bob Dylan Center, Tulsa OK

Carnegie Chapter Hall, NYC - 4.nov.1961  

Nov 16, 2021 free download, courtesy of The Bob Dylan Center, Tulsa OK

He was a friend of mine
He was a friend of mine
Every time i think about him
Lord, i just can't keep from cryin'
'Cause he was a friend of mine.

He died on the road
He died on the road
Never had 'nough money
To pay his room and board
An' he was a friend of mine.

I stole away an' cried
I stole away an' cried
'Cause i never had too much money
An' i never been quite satisfied
An' he was a friend of mine.

He never done no wrong
He never done no wrong
A thousand miles from home
An' he never harmed no one
An' he was a friend of mine.

He was a friend of mine
He was a friend of mine
Every time i think about him
Lord, i just can't keep from cryin'
'Cause he was a friend of mine. 
    

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He Was A Friend Of Mine 3


6 Sep 1961
THE MINNEAPOLIS HOTEL TAPE
   & THE GASLIGHT CAFE (BD Archive)
MONTREAL 1962 NEW YORK 1961 (T-103) #1
HISTORICAL ARCHIVES Vol. 1 (vinyl bootleg)
GWW A THOUSAND MILES BEHIND (vinyl bootleg)

First Gaslight tape, Gaslight CafŽ, NYC - September 1961  

He was a friend of mine
He was a friend of mine
Never had 'nough money
To pay his fine
An' he was a friend of mine.

He died on the road
He died on the road
Never had enough money
Or sufficient clothes
An' he was a friend of mine.

I stole away an' cried
I stole away an' cried
Cause i never had 'nough money
An' i never been satisfied
An' he was a friend of mine.

He never done no wrong
He never done no wrong
A thousand miles from home
Lord, he never harmed no one
An' he was a friend of mine.

He was a friend of mine
He was a friend of mine
Never had 'nough money
To pay his fine
An' he was a friend of mine. 
    

Recording dates & record list

6 Sep 1961 3THE MINNEAPOLIS HOTEL TAPE & THE GASLIGHT CAFE (BD Archive)
MONTREAL 1962 NEW YORK 1961 (bootleg) #1
HISTORICAL ARCHIVES Vol. 1 (vinyl bootleg)
GWW A THOUSAND MILES BEHIND (vinyl bootleg)
4 Nov 1961 2free audio file download from THE BOB DYLAN CENTER, TULSA OK, Nov 2021
20 Nov 1961 1the bootleg series volumes 1-3 [rare and unreleased] 1961-1991
THE BOOTLEG (bootleg)
IN THE PINES (bootleg)
2 July 1962 1 THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION
FINJAN CLUB, MONTREAL, JULY 2, 1962 (BD Archive)
MONTREAL 1962 NEW YORK 1961 (bootleg) #2
LIVE / FINJAN CLUB MONTREAL QUEBEC JULY 2 1962 (bootleg)
HISTORICAL ARCHIVES Vol. 2 (vinyl bootleg)