Girl For The North Country
Bob Dylan & Johnny Cash Lyrics


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If you're travelin' in the north country fair
Where the winds hit heavy on the borderline
Remember me to one who lives there
Oh, she once was a true love of mine

See for me if her hair's hanging down
It curls and falls all down her breast
See for me that her hair's hanging down
That's the way I remember her best

If you go when the snowflakes falls
When the rivers freeze and summer ends
Please see for me if she's wearing a coat so warm
To keep her from the howlin' winds

If you're travelin' in the north country fair
Where the winds hit heavy on the borderline
Please say "hello" to the one who lives there
Oh she was once a true love of mine

If you're travelin' in the north country fair
Where the winds hit heavy on the borderline
Remember me to one who lives there
Oh, she once was a true love of mine

A true love of mine
A true love of mine
True love of mine
A true love of mine




A true love of mine
She was once a true love of mine

Overall Meaning

Bob Dylan's 1963 song "Girl From the North Country" is a poignant love letter to a former lover residing in the frigid northern territories. The ballad's lyrics conjure up images of windswept landscapes, snowy winters, and a kind of romance rooted in the simplicity of nature. Dylan's voice is tender and full of longing as he implores the listener to "remember me to one who lives there," and "please say hello to the one who once was a true love of mine," capturing the bittersweet nostalgia of a love that has been lost to time.


The song's measured pace and sparse instrumentation serve to amplify the emotion of the lyrics, with Dylan's acoustic guitar and harmonica providing the perfect accompaniment to his timeless voice. The opening lines set the scene for the rest of the song, as the singer addresses the listener directly, inviting them to join him on a journey through the harsh and lonely landscape of the north. As the song progresses, Dylan's attention shifts from the listener to the object of his affection, describing her in intimate detail and hinting at the pain he still feels at their separation.


Line by Line Meaning

If you're travelin' in the north country fair
If you find yourself wandering through the harsh wilderness and rugged terrain of the north country, where the icy winds constantly beat against the borderline...


Where the winds hit heavy on the borderline
...where the winds are so powerful that they can nearly push you over the border between life and death...


Remember me to one who lives there
...please send my regards to the person who calls this unforgiving landscape home...


Oh, she once was a true love of mine
...a person I once loved and cared for deeply before our paths diverged and we went our separate ways...


See for me if her hair's hanging down
If you happen to come across her, please take note of whether her hair still cascades down her shoulders and chest...


It curls and falls all down her breast
...because it used to curl and fall beautifully in that same way when we were together and I want to remember it well...


See for me that her hair's hanging down
Please make sure to check again that her hair is still hanging down just as I remember...


That's the way I remember her best
...because her flowing hair was always one of my fondest memories of her...


If you go when the snowflakes falls
If you happen to stumble upon her during the season of snow and ice...


When the rivers freeze and summer ends
...when the rivers have come to a standstill and the warmth of summer has long since departed...


Please see for me if she's wearing a coat so warm
Please make sure that she is well-equipped for the harsh climate and that she has a warm coat on to shield herself from the howling winds...


To keep her from the howlin' winds
...which can be incredibly vicious and dangerous in the north country...


Please say "hello" to the one who lives there
If you see her again, please say hello to her for me...


A true love of mine
...someone I held dear to my heart at one point in time...


A true love of mine
...a person who left a lasting impression on me...


True love of mine
...someone who I truly loved with all my heart...


A true love of mine
...someone who changed my life forever...


A true love of mine
...someone who I will always cherish the memories of...


She was once a true love of mine
...and will always hold a special place in my heart.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Bob Dylan

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@juliecrane9647

I separated after 22 yrs. It was 2yrs til we divorced. We should have ripped our bandaids off sooner.
Looking back....
It took awhile to get away from romancing what we had...
And thinking it could work again.
It wasn't.
But I told him we didn't do the best job teaching our girls how to have a good marriage but we could teach them how to end it with dignity and grace.
We have...
It's been 12 yrs. I see him often at our 3 daughters homes. There are grands now.
I call him when my car battery is dead or the dryer blew a fuse.
He's a good guy and a damn good dad...
My girls call him for the same stuff.
He was there when I battled cancer and my mom passed.
No romance but still love.
Just remember our kids are always watching.
It does get better in time and it all comes into focus.
Acceptance.
Wish you peace as you go....
And to thine own self be true.



@rajeshtidke1497

[Bob Dylan:]
If you're travelin' to the north country fair
Where the winds hit heavy on the borderline
Remember me to one who lives there
For she once was a true love of mine

[Johnny Cash:]
See for me that her hair's hangin' down
It curls and falls all down her breast
See for me that her hair's hangin' down
That's the way I remember her best

[Bob Dylan:]
If you go when the snowflakes fall
When the rivers freeze and summer ends
Please see for me if she's wearing a coat so warm
To keep her from the howling winds

[Johnny Cash (Bob Dylan):]
If you're travelin' in the north country fair
Where the winds hit heavy on the borderline
Please say hello (Remember me) to the one who lives there
For she once was a true love of mine

If you're travelin' in the north country fair
Where the winds hit heavy on the borderline
Remember me to the one who lives there
For she once was a true love of mine

A true love of mine
(A true love of mine)
A true love of mine
(A true love of mine)
A true love of mine
(A true love of mine)
She once was a true love of mine



@mr.impatient4850

A star is born and he goes by the name Dibesh Pokhrel aka “Arthur Gunn”
Girl from the North Country road was written and recorded by Nobel Prize winning legend, who goes by the name BOB DYLAN. It was recorded in the year 1973 from his album “The Free Wheelin Bob Dylan”. The song unfolds about Bob’s first trip to England in December 1962, where he stumbles upon beautiful, gorgeous “Susan Elizabeth Rotolo”. After that blissful memory, Bob flew to Italy and finally completed this masterpiece, soul-soothing tune along with sweet and romantic cover picture of him and her in his back then album.(“The Free Wheelin Bob Dylan”)



Wooow, time does flies ain’t it?
47 years later, a 21 year young kid from Kansas, originally from Nepal, collected his guts to show some love and respect thereby giving a shot to this legendary tune in his own beautiful way.Good grace of god!!! Additionally, he is sooooo humble and down to earth. We are rooting you from all over the world, Arthur! Go on son, show them what you truly behold and keep smiling! God bless ya!

#TeamArthurSquad ✍️



@lucaamorosoofficial

If you're traveling till the north country fair
Where the winds hit heavy on the borderline
Remember me to one who lives there
For she once was the true love of mine
See for me if her hair's hanging down
It curls and flows all down her breast
See for me that her hair's hanging down
That's the way I remember her best
If you go when the snowflakes fall
When the rivers freeze and summer ends
Please see for me if she's wearing a coat so warm
To keep her from the howlin' winds
If you're traveling in the north country fair
Where the winds hit heavy on the borderline
Please say hello to the one who lives there
For she once was a true love of mine
And if you're traveling in the north country fair
Where the winds hit heavy on the borderline
Remember me to one who lives there
For she once was a true love of mine
True love of mine, a true love of mine
True love of mine, a true love of mine
A true love of mine, a true love of mine
She was once a true love of mine



All comments from YouTube:

@jackwendigo6541

Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash. Does it get any better than that?

@SwinginPig

Possibly Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, but other than that, doubtful.

@rossmacneil3544

@Esther Ruby Not this one, it would've been amazing if she did though.

@SwinginPig

Esther Ruby 1976. But I consider their golden years the 60s. I have some great Dylan-Baez recordings on my channel if you like them together.

@SwinginPig

Esther Ruby Thanks a bunch! Yeah, she’ll probably be performing his songs for the rest of her life. I think it’s doubtful that they will get together again. Apparently she’s stated that she hasn’t even seen him in person for decades. So, it seems that the ship has sailed, to many a fan’s sadness.

@tomtrapmore3993

Swingin’ Pig Swingin’ Pig There’s been a couple of odd performances together since rolling thunder. One in 1982 and 1984. Shame they haven’t performed since! Perfect combo 👌 love your channel btw 👍 https://youtu.be/3DEjMWNXX3s

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@arneanderson187

I met my first and true love at a north country fair (Lake County, Minnesota) in 1975. But we ended up going our separate ways. But I never forgot her and this song always made me think of her. And after 45 years of being apart, we are now back together.

@ercanozgur7621

16 yıl bekledik biz. Mutluluklar sizlerin olsun. Büyük aşklara

@allbottledup9513

I wish I had the words. Thank god, you found each other again. That special love never goes away it seems. I hope y’all enjoy your time together as much as possible!

@a.nobodys.nobody

God bless you both. enjoy it. Hoping for the same

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