Car Tunes: From a Buick 6 by Bob Dylan with Alternate Stereo Take

With a title like From A Buick 6, how could we not run this song in our weekly Car Tunes feature? Actually there are a few automotive references in this love song even if you can’t visualize Bob writing or singing Little Deuce Coupe, what with mention of junkyards, highways and thruways, not to mention dump trucks. There are two original versions of the song, said to borrow from the traditional Milk Cow Blue, first released on the Highway 61 Revisited album. There’s the more familiar “official” take as released on the mono album and an alternate take that by accident was included on early pressings of the stereo mix. We’ve included both plus Johnny Winter’s studio version from Still Alive And Well.

Lyrics and alternate versions after the jump.

I got this graveyard woman, you know she keeps my kid
But my soulful mama, you know she keeps me hid
She’s a junkyard angel and she always gives me bread
Well, if I go down dyin’, you know she bound to put a blanket on my bed.

Well, when the pipeline gets broken and I’m lost on the river bridge
I’m cracked up on the highway and on the water’s edge
She comes down the thruway ready to sew me up with thread
Well, if I go down dyin’, you know she bound to put a blanket on my bed.

Well, she don’t make me nervous, she don’t talk too much
She walks like Bo Diddley and she don’t need no crutch
She keeps this four-ten all loaded with lead
Well, if I go down dyin’, you know she bound to put a blanket on my bed.

Well, you know I need a steam shovel mama to keep away the dead
I need a dump truck mama to unload my head
She brings me everything and more, and just like I said
Well, if I go down dyin’, you know she bound to put a blanket on my bed.

Copyright © 1965 by Warner Bros. Inc.; renewed 1993 by Special Rider Music
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