Bob Dylan's Dream

from by Raphael Doyle

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Compact Disc version of Never Closer by Raphael Doyle with artwork by Guy Sexty. Supplied shrinkwrapped in a jewel case. CD price includes instant high quality 24 bit FLAC download of the album. Additional postage & packing will be charged at checkout: £1.50 in UK and EU, airmail to rest of the world: £5.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Never Closer via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 3 days

      £12 GBP or more 


  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

      £1 GBP  or more



I arrived in England in 1968 with nothing but a pair of Levi's and a clutch of Bob Dylan songs. This was one that's never left me. Beautifully crafted production by Louis Doyle, who plays everything except bass, which is performed by his brother Jesse.


Bob Dylan's Dream

While riding on a train goin' west
I fell asleep for to take my rest
I dreamed a dream that made me sad
Concerning myself and the first few friends I had

With half-damp eyes I stared to the room
Where my friends and I spent many an afternoon
Where we together weathered many a storm
Laughing and singing
Till the early hours of the morn

By the old wooden stove our hats was hung
Our words were spoke and our songs were sung
And we longed for nothin' and were satisfied
Joking and talking about the world outside

With hungry hearts through the heat and cold
We never much thought we would get very old
We thought we would sit forever in fun
But our chances really
Were bout a million to one

As easy as it was to tell black from white
It was all that easy to tell wrong from right
And our choices they were few
So the thought never hit
That the one road we travelled
Would ever shatter or split

Now many a year has passed and gone
And many a gamble has been lost and won
And many is the road taken by many a first friend
And each one - I have never seen again

I wish, I wish, I wish in vain
That we could sit simply in that room again
Ten thousand dollars at the drop of a hat
I'd give it all gladly
If our lives could be like that


from Never Closer, released January 27, 2017
Raphael Doyle - vocals
Louis Doyle - guitar, organ, vocals

Written by: Bob Dylan
Published by Special Rider Music
Producer: Louis Doyle
Mixed by: Louis Doyle and Daniel Moyler
Engineered by: Daniel Moyler and Gerry Diver
Recorded at Miloco and Tunehouse Studios



all rights reserved


Raphael Doyle Saltburn By The Sea, UK

First discovered by Alexis Korner, Raphael Doyle formed the acoustic trio Café Society with Hereward Kaye & Tom Robinson in 1973. Ray Davies of The Kinks produced their debut album in 1975.

4 decades on Raphael has recorded his definitive solo album Never Closer with help from his son Louis Doyle, producer Gerry Diver and old friend Tom Robinson. It was released on Cooking Vinyl in January 2017.
... more

contact / help

Contact Raphael Doyle

Streaming and
Download help