This is an early Bob Dylan song, and it shows.
For an artist who would become legendary for his poetic and mysterious lyrics, the words to this one are amusingly generic. It's just Dylan singing over and over that he's "going to get you Sally gal" while throwing in some declarations of being a "ramblin' man."I'm just one o' them ramblin' men
Ramblin' since I don't know when
Here I come and I'm a-gone again
Sally says I got no end
The ramblin' man trope was ever-present in old American blues and folk. It extended straight into the '60s and '70s rock that grew out of those traditions. The high-water mark might have been in 1973 when The Allman Brothers Band did "Ramblin' Man
," though Bob Seger would likely disagree and bring "Ramblin', Gamblin' Man
" to the fray.
None of this is to say that "Sally Gal" is a bad song (or a good one), but it is a song that shows Dylan's youth - he was one month shy of 21 at the time. This is the period when the small-town kid from a traditional Jewish family was trying to fashion himself as one of the wizened old folkie road-dogs he'd grew up admiring and romanticizing.