Girl From the North Country

When I was 25 or 35 years old, if someone had said to me, “Jim, there are some things in life that you’ll be able to appreciate, truly appreciate, only when you’re older,” I would have smiled. Exactly what you’d expect some old fart to say.

 

Well, the fact is that this Dylan song should be off limits to anyone who’s not an AARP member. This desperate wish — “I’ve often prayed / In the darkness of the night” — to remember and to be remembered is something that comes to us as we age.

 

I also love that the singer has no expectation or aspiration to see his beloved again, but all the same, he wants her to be safe and well: “Please see if she’s wearing a coat so warm.” Something so humane about that.

 

Anyway, I’ve played this one a lot recently. Enjoy.

 

 

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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