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Bob Dylan's unrecorded Wisconsin lyrics were turned into a real song

The lyrics are an ode to Wisconsin (not his home state of Minnesota).

Bob Dylan wrote lyrics for a song about Wisconsin way back in 1961. He never recorded it.

But now, a Wisconsin rock musician has turned it into a real tune.

Trapper Schoepp told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he used Dylan's scribbled lyrics as the main backbone for the verses, but had to craft a chorus – which didn't exist in the lyrics – using the state slogan "On, Wisconsin." That's also the name of the song.

Schoepp recorded it in celebration of Milwaukee Day (4/14, aka Milwaukee's 414 area code.) Listen to it embedded below, or click here.

Dylan wrote the lyrics in 1961 when he was 20 years old, right after moving to New York. They were actually put up for auction last month, with a starting price of $30,000 ... but nobody placed a single bid.

The idea to give the lyrics a melody came from Radio Milwaukee. You can read about how it came together here.

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