“He Was a Friend of Mine”

Author: reportedly Bob Dylan, Dave Van Ronk, Eric Von Schmidt
Earliest date: 1962 (recording, Bob Dylan)
Keywords: rambling friend death
Found in: US

Description

"He was a friend of mine (x2), Never had no money to pay his fine..." "He died on the road, Never had no money to pay for his board." "He never done no wrong, He was just a poor boy a long way from home." "I stole away and cried...."

Notes

In 1964 Roger McGuinn rewrote the song as a tribute to the recently assassinated President Kennedy. - PJS

Cross references

References

  1. Silber-FSWB, p. 60, "He Was A Friend of Mine" (1 text)
  2. DT, FRNDMINE
  3. BI, FSWB060