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Published: Mar 6, 2009
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Bob Dylan Fury Over Marianne Faithfull Snub: 'But I Wrote A Poem'
by Staff

Bob Dylan was so desperate to bed Marianne Faithfull he spent several days writing a poem for her - then destroyed it in a rage when she turned him down.

British singer Faithfull is well known for her string of romances with high-profile men in the 1960s, including Rolling Stones Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

But she admits she once refused to sleep with Dylan despite his advances, sending the folk legend into a fury.

And she also regrets not giving in to Jimi Hendrix's charms - after he spent an entire evening whispering sweet nothings into her ear.

Faithfull says, "It's true what they say: You regret the things you don't do the most. Apparently Bob Dylan spent days and days writing a poem for me in 1964 and I think it was understood in his circle that I would go to bed with him. I mean, I presume that's the intention when you're a very pretty girl and you go to a big star's bedroom, isn't it?

But I didn't realise this at the time because I was just a silly teenager and it was all a bit much.

"I very much wanted to go to bed with him, but I was pregnant and about to get married (to her first husband John Dunbar) at the time. I told him all this and he was furious and ripped the poem up in front of me. We are still very fond of each other and still talk about that night. I'll always say to him, 'But Bob, I was only 17' and he always says, 'Yeah, but I was only 22 myself!'

"I also once spent an evening with Jimi Hendrix whispering in my ear telling me all the things he was going to do to me - which I'm not going to share - but I was with Mick Jagger at the time and it would have been too unkind. I have to say that these are the things that I still regret a little." (c) WENN

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