Bob Dylan lyric sheets for two unreleased songs up for auction

The lyrics to 'Talkin Folklore Center' and 'Go Away You Bomb' are expected to feature up to £30-40,000 each

The lyric sheets for two unreleased Bob Dylan songs will go on sale at New York’s Christie’s auction house later this week.

The hand-typed manuscripts date back to the early ’60s and feature the words to ‘Talkin Folklore Center’ and ‘Go Away You Bomb’, songs that have since never been recorded by Dylan.

The four-page manuscript for ‘Talkin Folklore Center’ is expected to fetch between £25,000 and £40,000 ($40,000 – $60,000), while the two pages of ‘Go Away You Bomb’ has been given a sales prediction of £20,000 to £30,000 ($30,000 – $50,000). Both feature handwritten annotations from the folk singer.


As Rolling Stone reports, the two pieces of music memorabilia were given by Dylan himself to Izzy Young, founder of the Folklore Center in Greenwich Village.

“At first Dylan seemed like anybody else that came into the store,” Young said of initially meeting Dylan. “But I noticed after a while there was something different about him. He would take every goddamn record I had in the store and listen to them. He was the only one that read all those scholarly communist books, as well as all the folk magazines. Anything I had in the store, he would read.”

Meanwhile, Bob Dylan has also conducted his first audio interview in over 10 years. In the clip below, Dylan discusses the recent ‘Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes’ album, which sees the likes of Mumford & Sons’ Marcus Mumford, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, Elvis Costello and more recording unreleased Bob Dylan songs.

“I’d never seen these lyrics since the day they were [written],” Dylan says of the songs included on the new LP. “Never seen ’em.”