(Don Gibson)

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Performed by Bob Dylan during 1989 leg of the "Never-Ending Tour" (Meriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD, Jul 19, 1989, and Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY, Jul 26, 1989.

This song was written on the road to Knoxville, Tennessee, in a car with Mel Foree. I was reading an article in a magazine I had picked up about an entertainer. He was talking about show business and his career and how he would like to be a legend in his time. I told Mel that that would be a good title for a song, so I started humming.

Don Gibson interview, Nashville, TN, Sep 7, 1973; reprinted in Dorothy Horstman, Sing Your Heart Out, Country Boy, New York, 1976, p. 184.

© 1960 Acuff-Rose Publications

If heartaches brought fame in love's crazy game,
I'd be a legend in my time.
If they gave gold statuettes for tears and regrets,
I'd be a legend in my time.

But they don't give awards, and there's no praise or fame
For a broken heart that's been broken over love that's in vain.

If loneliness meant world acclaim,
Then everyone would know my name --
I'd be a legend in my time.

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