Bob Dylan's handwritten tribute to Wisconsin up for auction

"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The hand-written lyrics are from an unpublished "love song" to the Dairy State, told from the point of view of someone who sees the state as a milky, cheesy paradise, where troubles are soon forgotten.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.

 

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