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Boots of Spanish Leather (4:40)

Boots of Spanish Leather" is a song written by Bob Dylan, released in 1964 on his album The Times They Are A-Changin'. Dylan's recording features the artist solo on the acoustic guitar, playing the song fingerpicking. The song is played, in the officially released studio recording, in the key of A♭ major; Dylan probably effects this key by using a capo on the first fret and positioning his fingers as if he were playing G major. The dominant notes in… read more

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Oh, I'm sailin' away, my own true love
I'm sailin' away in the morning
Is there something I can send you from across the sea
From the place that I'll be landing?

Bob Dylan - Boots of Spanish Leather Lyrics


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  • "carry yourself back to me unspoiled" one of my all time favourite lines from Dylan.
  • Best Dylan song. Wow..
  • I think it's his girlfriend Suze, who was on the cover of the "Freewheeling" LP...
  • Who is the girl on the photo? That's not Joan Baez, is it?
  • Listening to Mr Dylan's 3rd album "The times they are a-changin'" released January 13, 1964 two months after Kennedy was assassinated. From the Only Solitaire Review: Apparently, Mr. Zimmerman was experiencing lots of indirect pressure from his folk music colleagues (and folks down at the record company as well) who wanted to have him put forth a real protest song album - you know, no obscure metaphorical shite like 'A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall', too artsy and indirect to be appreciated by those whoe believed in music as a political instrument. Bobbie, then, who was writing songs at a dozen per cigarette and already had a good batch of protest songs in store at the time of release of Freewheelin', was quite willing to oblige. And that's exactly what you get - ten protest songs with straightahead, generic, unsophisticated (by Bob's own standards of 1964) lyrics.
  • that's all i'm wishin' to be ownin'
  • Yes, that makes even more sense...!
  • it's not just bout walking away as you can see here:
  • Carnegie Hall '63 is great :)
  • The boots themselves are so meaningful as well... a symbol of walking away, in the song's case, the relationship.

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