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Boots Of Spanish Leather Lyrics

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?

No, there's nothin' you can send me, my own true love,
There's nothin' I...


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    Oct 28th, 2006 10:48pm report

    He is having a relationship with a woman that has gone away for an unknown period of time. She asks if there is anything he wants her to send back to him, to remember her by (symbolizing that she may not be coming home). Bob, doesn't want anything except that she comes back to him, because I'm assuming he finally stopped his restless ways and fell in love with a woman that he wanted to "keep". One day, she tells him that she is most likely not coming back. He finally accepts that she is not coming back, so he asks her to send him something after all: spanish boots of spanish leather...So that he can take up his restless ways again, and "be on his way" down the lonely road.


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    Aug 8th, 2011 8:49pm report

    This is my favourite Dylan song. I think he loves her and is wishing her well and hoping she will come back to him. When she tells him "I don't know when I'll be coming back again, it depends on how I'm feeling" he finally sees that she doesn't love him. By accepting a parting gift he is letting her know that yes, he gets it, she just doesn't love him and he'll also move on. I love the whole story/song.


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    May 8th, 2008 5:41pm report

    This song is about Susie Rotolo going to Italy or Spain. I have found that Bob Dylan's songs in the early to mid sixties are interwoven. Susie is on the cover of freewheeling and was Dylan's second true love after echo in north country blues, but Susie had a sister named Carla who hated him and saw him as a moocher and wanted nothing to do with him. See ballad in plain "d" (I think it is the right song) and I think it may well continue in love minus zero when he gets over her. I wonder if Susie still talks to Carla? Correction #1girl from the north country #2 I don't believe you (she acts like we never have met


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    Jul 18th, 2007 7:04am report

    This song is probably inspired by Suze Rotolo, Bob's girlfriend in the early 60's in Greenwich village.

    She went to Europe, to Italy with her sister and told Dylan from there she wasn't coming back to him.

    I think it's like, she is asking what can she do to make up for the heart ache, something silver or gold.. but he just wants something simple, like the boots of spanish leather. and how he'd "forsake them all, for your sweet kiss"

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