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The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll
Bob Dylan recorded his song The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll in 1964 for his album The Times They Are A-Changin’. Martin Carthy covered it on his 1998 album Signs of Life. This recording was also included in 2001 on The Carthy Chronicles. Carthy noted on his original recording:
... It was around that time that Bob Dylan first appeared on the London club scene. When he returned in 1964, he did a couple of TV gigs and a concert at the Royal Festival Hall, which is etched in fire on the memories of all who were there. He, quite simply and very quietly, tore the place apart. During the evening he sang The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll and set the place alight. It was proof, if there were needed, of the power of narrative song in the hands of a real master. I don’t believe that he has lost any of his power in the intervening years, as a singer or as a writer, and he remains by far the bravest of the lot, prepared to risk everything, including—and maybe especially—his reputation. (What happened, by the way, to William Zanzinger?)
Julie Felix sang The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll, accompanied by Martin Carthy on guitar, on her 2006 double CD of Bob Dylan songs, Starry Eyed and Laughing….
Christy Moore sang The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll at a concert Live in Dublin 2006.
Please find the lyrics for this song at Bob Dylan’s website.