SNL Transcripts: David Carradine: 12/20/80: Dylan & Guthrie

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 Saturday Night Live Transcripts


  Season 6: Episode 5








80e: David Carradine / The cast of The Pirates of Penzance

Dylan & Guthrie

Nurse…..Ann Risley
Woody Guthrie…..David Carradine
Bob Dylan…..Patrick Weathers

[ open on interior, Woody Guthrie’s hospital room, as Guthrie strums his guitar ]

Nurse: [ entering ] Excuse me. Excuse me, Mr. Guthrie, but that young Mr. Dylan is here to see you. Now, would you like me to tell him to leave?

Woody Guthrie: Nahhh. Send the kid in.

Nurse: Okay, okay…

Woody Guthrie: He makes me laugh, you know? It take a lot to laugh. It takes a train to cry.

Nurse: That’s right. [ calling into the hallway ] Okay, you can come in.

[ Bob Dylan saunters in with his guitar ]

Bob Dylan: Hey! Hey, Woody Guthrie, I wrote you a song!

Nurse: Please, please. Quiet, please. This is a hospital.

[ the Nurse exits the room ]

Bob Dylan: Gee whiz! I didn’t mean to upset your nurse none.

Woody Guthrie: Aww, that’s just like a woman, kid! But don’t think twice, it’s alright.

[ Dylan writes these sage words across the top of his guitar ]

Woody Guthrie: What are you doing, writing a book?

Bob Dylan: Don’t mind me, Woody — just keep on a-talking.

Woody Guthrie: Ah, yeah. Well… I’m just blowing in the wind these days. Hell, I feel like I’m a-knock-knock-knocking on Heaven’s door. But I don’t know, I… I just keep hoping I shall be released.

Bob Dylan: Hmm…

Woody Guthrie: It’s like I was saying to Mick Jagger the other day: I can’t get no… satisfaction!

Bob Dylan: Who?

Woody Guthrie: You don’t know him, he’s a complete unknown. He’s like a… rolling stone.

Bob Dylan: Yeah. I can relate to that. I’m a complete unknown, no direction home.

Woody Guthrie: Like a rolling stone?

Bob Dylan: Yeah.

Woody Guthrie: How does it feel?

Bob Dylan: It’s alright.

Woody Guthrie: Hey, that’s right! I said that to Ray Charles just the other day. [ he pauses ] What’d I say?

Bob Dylan: It’s alright.

Woody Guthrie: Yeah! It’s alright! I said it to him a whole BUNCH of times!

Bob Dylan: Yeah. Hey, Woody, uh — listen to this song I wrote for you here. [ he strums his guitar ands sings ] “Hey, hey, Woody Guthrie, I wrote you a song.” What you think?

Woody Guthrie: Well, kid, you may not have much as a writer, but, uh… you got a great VOICE! Listen, do it more like this. Uh — [ strumming and singing ] “Heyyyy, Woody Guthrie, I wrote you a SONG!”

Bob Dylan: [ enunciating ] “I wrote you a SONG!”

Woody Guthrie: Yeah! Yeah!

[ the Nurse re-enters, appalled ]

Nurse: I don’t believe you!

Woody Guthrie: It ain’t me, babe! Oh, no, no, no, it ain’t me!

Nurse: Well, I’m sorry, but it’s time for your sedative.

Woody Guthrie: [ to Dylan ] Ah, you see, kid? They’ll stone you when you’re playing your guitar.

[ Dylan writes this down ]

Nurse: Well, you must not feel so all alone. Everybody must get stoned, as you put it.

Bob Dylan: Hey. Can I stick around and see if he talks in his sleep?

Nurse: Now, look — lights out an hour early tonight. Remember, it’s Daylight Savings.

[ the nurse exits the room ]

Woody Guthrie: Well, kid —

Together: The times, they are a-changing!

[ the camera pulls out on the set, with SUPER: “Coming Up: The Immoral Minority” ] [ fade ]

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Author: Don Roy King

Don Roy King has directed fourteen seasons of Saturday Night Live. That work has earned him ten Emmys and fourteen nominations. Additionally, he has been nominated for fifteen DGA Awards and won in 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.

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