WHO'S GONNA BUY YOU RIBBONS (WHEN I'M GONE)

Latest update on 02/05/2017

Artist: Paul Clayton
Author: Paul Clayton
Label: Monument
Year: 1959

On album Home Made Songs And Ballads. Not to be confused with Scarlet Ribbons For Her Hair (see there). Song based upon Who's Gonna Buy Your Chickens (same melody) by Mary Bird McAllister. Her version is on tape, recorded by Paul in his log cabin (Brown's Cove) in '58/'59 and registred at the Archive Of Folk Culture of the Library of Congress in Washington, DC under number AFS 11,866-11,868. Dylan visited Paul in his cabin.

Covers:

1960:

Browns

1962:

Bobby Darin [the first one as Don't Think Twice It's All Right on lp Golden Folks Hits]

1963:

Bob Dylan [idem; the demo is on No Direction Home and on The Bootleg Series Vol 9]

1963:

New World Singers [idem; first released version (Atlantic); see also: Blowin' In The Wind]

1963:

Joan Baez [idem]

1963:

Peter, Paul & Mary [idem; top 10 US]

1964:

Brothers Four [idem]

1964:

Wonder Who [alias the Four Seasons; hit US]

1964:

Johnny Cash [as Understand Your Man; n°1 C&W and also based upon Scarlet Ribbons For Her Hair/Don't Think Twice It's All Right; he covered the latter later in '64]

1965:

Duane Eddy [idem]

1965:

Esther & Abi Ofarim [as Don't Think Twice It's All Right]

1966:

Hugues Aufray [as Tout le long du chemin]

1968:

Nick Drake [home recording]

1970:

Brook Benton

1973:

Elvis Presley [as Don't Think Twice; recorded in '71]

2001:

Ramblin' Jack Elliott [on A Nod To Bob]

2002:

Bryan Ferry [as Don't Think Twice It's All Right]

Clayton felt his song was used by Dylan and although the litigation ended before any court action, he had a point. Here's part of the original lyrics: "It ain't no use to sit and sigh now, darlin. And it ain't no use to sit and cry now. Tain't no use to sit and wonder why, darlin, Just wonder who's gonna buy you ribbons when I'm gone." Dylan about Clayton: "Paul was just an incredible songwriter and singer. He must have known a thousand songs. I learned Pay Day At Coal Creek and a bunch of other songs from him. We played on the same circuit and I traveled with him part of the time. When you're listening to songs night after night, some of them rub off on you. Don't Think Twice was a riff that Paul had. And so was Percy's Song." (see there)

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