Handsome Molly Lyrics: Bob Dylan’s Version on 2005 Gaslight Album

This is the most precise transcription on the Internet. Others, while generally accurate, miss a word here or there. This is a beautiful traditional folk song of a person traveling the oceans and seas to marry Handsome Molly. She does not fulfill her previous promise of matrimony as the forlorn suiter laments. The twenty-one year old Dylan is rapidly ascending musically: efficient guitar work, emotive voice and phrasing, and is months away from legendary status.

Well, I wish I was in London,
Or some other seaport town
I’d put my foot on a steamboat
Sail the ocean ’round.

While sailing ’round the ocean,
While sailing ’round the sea
I’d think of handsome Molly
Wherever you might be.

Don’t you remember Molly?
You gave me your right hand
You said if ever you’d marry
I would be the man.

But you broke your promise
Go with whom you please
My poor heart is aching
You are at your ease.

I went to church last Sunday
Molly came riding by
I could tell her mind was changing
By the roving of her eye.

I go down to the river
Well everyone’s asleep
I think of handsome Molly
And I begin to weep.

So I wish I was in London,
Or some other seaport town
I’d put my foot on a steamboat
And sail the ocean ’round.

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