Girl From The North Country By Bob dylan and Johnny Cash

Brief Bio: Bob Dylan is an American songwriter, singer, artist, and writer. Dylan has been influential in pop music and culture for more than five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s, when his songs chronicled social unrest. Dylan preformed in clubs before soon releasing his own album, where his career really took off. This song in particular relates to a time when he had a girlfriend in the "North Country", that he no longer has.

Poetic Devices: Dylan Uses repetition of the lines "Please see for me if her hair hangs long" to show to us that is one thing that he really remembers about her. Dylan also uses rhyming schemes to make the song flow smoothly, rhyming words like borderline and mine. One last device Dylan uses is connotation. The whole song is kind of depressing and is used to express his emotion, as well as using imagery to describe to us what his girlfriend at the time looked like.

Now for the Song.. Link for the song:

If you're travelin' in the north country fair

Dylan wrote this song after his first trip to England, which he refers to as the North country

Where the winds hit heavy on the borderline

Borderline refers to the Northern extreme of the U.S and the border with Canada

Remember me to one who lives there, She once was a true love of mine

Dylan is referencing his girlfriend at the time

If you go when the snowflakes storm

Dylan is singing about his home state of Minnesota

Dylan's childhood home in Minnesota

When the rivers freeze and summer ends

Minnesota has some of the coldest winters in the whole U.S

Please see if she's wearing a coat so warm

Even though they are no longer together, Dylan still loves this woman

To keep her from the howlin' winds

He wants her to be sheltered from life's hardships since he's not there to comfort/protect her

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

This is a memory that he has of her, a time of great intimacy and happiness. He hopes that she still is as happy now as she made him then

I'm a-wonderin' if she remembers me at all

I wonder...

The relationship they had may be more memorable to him than to her

Many times I've often prayed

He literally prayed for her and wished her the best

In the darkness of my night

In the brightness of my day

Just a random smiling Dylan Pic

He thinks of her all the time, and not when he's just lonely

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

Dylan thinking about his "Girl from the North Country" (Probably...)

So, if you are traveling anywhere near wear Dylan was, where it's cold, remember the story of his long lost love


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