The manuscript of the poem, a tearjerker that tells the story of a dog beaten to death by a drunkard simply for barking, and the boy mourning his departed "little buddy." The poem, featuring lines like "I'll meet my precious buddy up in the sky/ By a tiny narrow grave/ Where the willows sadly wave," was lauded by Christie's resident pop culture specialist Simeon Lipman. "It's a very early example of his brilliance," said Lipman. "It comes from the mind of a teenager (with) some very interesting thoughts kind of percolating in his brain."
Indeed. Hype was quickly building regarding its importance to the formative Dylan's career as a songwriter. As one article began: "Long before he became famous for such tunes as 'Blowin' in the Wind,' Bob Dylan's social consciousness and artistry were evident in a poem he penned about a little dog who met a tragic end."
As they used to say on late night TV commercials: "NOW how much would you pay?"
We have yet to hear anything about this from Dylan himself, as his management company had no immediate comment when informed of the situation. But we have a sneaking suspicion that Bobby Zimmerman was probably just being a wiseacre teenager in passing off the poem as his own and getting a good chuckle when it was published. Or maybe not. In fact, the notoriety might just add to "Little Buddy'''s value on the auction block.
Speaking of which, if you don't know about it, you might want to check out an old African-American end-of-slavery spiritual called "No More Auction Block For Me," whose 1960 version by folksinger Odetta inspired Bob Dylan to later write his civil rights anthem "Blowin' in The Wind." Just hum along with the first lines of each, and you're in for an interesting surprise.
- Bob Dylan