Dylan’s First Rhyme

Under the assumption that “Song to Woody” actually was penned before “Talkin New York,” Dylan’s first rhyme paired the words “things” and “kings.”  Here’s the stanza:

I’m out here a thousand miles from my home
Walkin’ a road other men have gone down
I’m seein’ your world of people and things
Your paupers and peasants and princes and kings

“home” and “down” have the look of a rhyme, but even Dylan doesn’t stretch the sound of either “o” to meet  the other.  So “things” and “kings” it is.  Both of those words will get their time in the spotlight at some other time in this blog, but while I search for Dylan’s use of “throne” I thought it interesting to note the presence of royalty in his first rhyme.


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