Lyrics copied from country star

A poem thought to have been written by a young Bob Dylan has been exposed as a copy of lyrics written by country singer Hank Snow.

Everyone has to start somewhere. Rock's poet laureate Bob Dylan, the man who has confused and delighted generations with his songs, was given a blast from the past recently when a poem he had apparently written when only sixteen was placed up for auction.

The seller was a worker at a summer camp the young Robert Zimmerman attended in the late 50s, who had been so impressed with the poem she had kept it for fifty years. When she discovered that Robert Zimmerman had become Bob Dylan she kept the poem in plastic.

Christie's Auction house are responsible for auctioning the item, with all profits set to be donated to a fund which benefits the camp. The item will go on sale alongside a host of Dylan memorabilia, including a copy of the songwriter's High School yearbook.

However Christie's revealed yesterday that Bob Dylan is not the author of the poem. Although Dylan did write down the lyrics they are copied from a song by the Canadian country singer Hank Snow.

In a statement Christie's said yesterday (May 20th):

"Additional information has come to our attention about the handwritten poem submitted by Bob Dylan to his camp newspaper, written when he was 16, entitled 'Little Buddy'. The words are in fact a revised version of lyrics of a Hank Snow song".

"This still remains among the earliest known handwritten lyrics of Bob Dylan," a spokesperson said.

Bob Dylan submitted the lyrics to a camp newspaper, where it was published under his birth name. Christie's intends to go ahead with the sale, with the item estimated to go for anything between $10,000 - $15,000.

Of course, Bob Dylan has progressed since then. New album 'Together Through Life' raced to number one in the UK, his first album to achieve this feat since 1970.

The subsequent UK tour saw the songwriter play an intimate show in London's Roundhouse venue. However not everyone was impressed, as you can see...

Bob Dylan's new album 'Together Through Life' is out now.

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