We’d sit down together and write lyrics. What a privilege.
I remember he said to me, ‘If you are stuck on a line, just say what it is you want to say, and don’t worry about the metre or the rhyme or anything. Just write down the sentence, and then find the key words and, wallop, you’ve got the line.’
He tended to write many more verses than we needed, and sometimes maybe in the seventh verse something would pop up that was better than anything in the first three.
George (Harrison) once told me ‘Bob makes Shakespeare look like Billy Joel’. He was joking, but Bob is so far above the rest of us.
He is the wandering minstrel, the travelling troubadour and his gift is so great.— Tom Petty, speaking of Bob Dylan