"I'm going back to my hometown I'm leaving right aways
I'm a heading out Wisconson ways
2000 miles to go
Madison, Milwakee set's my heart aglow
I'm a coming to that dairy state"
~Bob Dylan lyrics (misspellings uncorrected)
The hand-written lyrics are from an unpublished "love song" to the Dairy State, told from the point of view of someone who sees the state as a milky, cheesy paradise, where troubles are soon forgotten.
Starting Thursday, Nate D. Sanders Auctions is offering an untitled tribute to Wisconsin penned in 1961 by then-20-year-old Bob Dylan, who was at that time a virtually unknown folk singer living in New York City.
Twice it mentions “Wow Wow Toaster,” which stumped the auction house. Wisconsin natives, however, recognize it as a likely whimsical reference to the Milwaukee suburb of Wauwatosa.