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Today I thought I would blog about this beautiful Bob Dylan song “Girl From The North Country”, which first appeared on his 1963 album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (his second album). It is a very tender love song, about a woman whom Dylan has clearly lost in love, but still cares for. There has been a great deal of debate as to the identity of the¬†woman Dylan is singing about in the song, but not surprisingly Dylan himself has never revealed who it is.

If you’re traveling the north country fair
Where the winds hit heavy on the borderline
Remember me to one who lives there
For she once was a true love of mine.

If you go when the snowflakes storm
When the rivers freeze and summer ends
Please see if she has a coat so warm
To keep her from the howlin’ winds.

Please see if her hair hangs long
If it rolls and flows all down her breast
Please see for me if her hair’s hanging long
For that’s the way I remember her best.

I’m a-wonderin’ if she remembers me at all
Many times I’ve often prayed
In the darkness of my night
In the brightness of my day.

So if you’re travelin’ the north country fair
Where the winds hit heavy on the borderline
Remember me to one who lives there
She once was the true love of mine.

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In 1969 Dylan re-recorded his 1963 song “Girl From The North Country” in a duet with Johnny Cash. The duet appeared on his country album Nashville Skyline.

Unfortunately there does not seem to be a YouTube video of Dylan’s original version of this song. But, there are several videos of the version that he later did with Johnny Cash. The version with Johnny Cash was recorded in February 1969 and appears on Dylan’s predominantly country music album Nashville Skyline. For many songs on this album, which he recorded in Nashville, Dylan adopted a crooner style of singing, including in this song. It is quite different from the way he sung “Girl From The North Country” in 1963.

Which version of “Girl From the North Country” do you prefer? The 1963 version or the 1969 duet with Johnny Cash?

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