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Girl From The North Country by Bob Dylan
Album: The Freewheelin' Bob DylanReleased: 1963
In this song, Dylan sings of a lost love who was from the North Country: "Well, if you're travelin' in the north country fair/Where the winds hit heavy on the borderline/Remember me to one who lives there/She once was a true love of mine." Debate continues to rage as to who this song is referring to. Some fans believe it to be about Echo Helstrom or Bonnie Beecher, Dylan's sweethearts before he left Minnesota for New York. Others claim it is about Suze Rotolo, who is pictured walking arm in arm with Dylan on the cover of The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan.
In 1962, Dylan visited England for the first time. Here, he met many local folk artists, including Martin Carthy, who introduced Dylan to many traditional English ballads, including "Scarborough Fair
." Dylan would lift the line "Remember me to one who lives there/She once was a true love of mine" from this ballad for "Girl From The North Country."
Dylan and Johnny Cash collaborated on a joint version of this song for Dylan's 1969 album, Nashville Skyline.
Joe Cocker, Sting, Rod Stewart, Eddie Vedder and The Black Crowes have all covered this song.
The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan was Dylan's second album. The album touched on civil rights and the fear of nuclear warfare, leading to Dylan being labeled the "Spokesman of a Generation" - a label he would come to resent.