17 December 2011

If You See Her, Say Hello (12 May 2002)

If she’s passin’ back this way
And it couldn’t be too quick
Please don’t mention her name to me
You mention her name it just would make me sick

London, England


This is from the final verse of If You See Her, Say Hello, a song first released in 1975, and which is still periodically rewritten for live performances. A number of these lyric variations will be featured in future posts. In this verse, Dylan often wavers between longing to see the woman again, all the way to the above example, in which just her name prompts a negative physical reaction.

The original lyric from Blood On The Tracks shows some ambivalent optimism:

If she’s passin’ back this way
I'm not that hard to find
Tell her she can look me up
If she's got the time

1 comment:

  1. An interesting blog, I will continue. Here you have the version of "If you say her say hello" in Lakeland successfully performed on 18/04/1976 with an alternate letter. With regard to this and the song in general did a post on my blog carlosruizdorado.blogspot.com.es
    You can also access by La Granja de Maggie (Bob Dylan).

    If you see her say hello, she might be in North Saigon
    She left here in a hurry, I don't know what she was on.
    You might say that I'm in disarray and for me time's standing still
    Boy, you've never gotten over her, I don't think I ever will.
    The evil...then suddenly you stole
    It's one of them wreckless situations which nobody control...
    eyes... do the best we can which should come as no surprise
    If you're makin' love to her watch it from the rear
    You'll never know when I'll be back or liable to appear
    Oh, it's natural to dream of peace as it id for rules to break
    And right now I got not much to lose, so you better stay awake.
    Sundown, silver moon, hittin' on the days
    My head can't understand no more, what my heart don't tolerate
    And I know she'll be back some day of that there is no doubt
    And when that moment comes, Lord, give me the strength to keep her out.