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fishwax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:10 AM
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Girl of the North Country
Edited on Fri Mar-10-06 01:34 AM by fishwax
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.

Well, if you go when the snowflakes storm,
When the rivers freeze and summer ends,
Please see if she's wearing a coat so warm,
To keep her from the howlin' winds.

Please see for me if her hair hangs long,
If it rolls and flows all down her breast.
Please see for me if her hair hangs long,
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' 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.
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HEyHEY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:20 AM
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1. Girl FROM for fuck sakes
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fishwax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:34 AM
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2. not according to bobdylan.com
Edited on Fri Mar-10-06 01:48 AM by fishwax
and here you made me doubt myself :P

on edit: my CD says "from," even if dylan's website says "of." Either way, it's a great song. For fuck sakes (or fucks sake or whatever :rofl:)

on 2nd edit: a different Dylan CD says "of," so I feel fully justified in my choice of prepositions.
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ellie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 06:36 AM
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3. I love that song!
It is one of my favorite Bob Dylan tunes. I also love "Isis."


I married Isis on the fifth day of May,
But I could not hold on to her very long.
So I cut off my hair and I rode straight away
For the wild unknown country where I could not go wrong.


As an aside, I was looking at lyrics to Isis on Bob Dylan.com and there is a whole verse missing, so I don't know how accurate the other songs are.
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fishwax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 11:52 AM
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4. Isis is a great song too
Isis, oh Isis, you mystical child
What drives me to you is what drives me insane
I still can remember the way that you smiled
On the 5th day of May in the drizzling rain

:D

About the lyrics: I'm not sure how much the versions differ lyricwise--I have the live version on Biograph, and all the verses from that version are included in the lyrics at bobdylan.com, though some of the individual words are different. I'll have to buy Desire again to hear the original version :)

On Girl of/from the North Country, the CDs in my collection show it both ways, so I figure either is okay :)
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mulsh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 12:17 PM
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5. Ya know
how dylan changes tempos and chords & bands & stuff. same thing with lyrics. It doesn't really matter if one or two words or whole verse change the song is the thing.
also, I have always thought that Isis was one of his best stories.

" A man in the corner approached me for a match.
I could tell right away he was not ordinary.
He said, " are you looking for something easy to catch?"
I said, " I got no money." He said, "That ain't necessary."
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fishwax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 12:49 PM
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6. absolutely true
sometimes the changes that he makes are as interesting to study as the lyrics themselves, as in the many different versions of Tangled up in Blue :D
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