Boots Of Spanish Leather Lyrics - Bob Dylan

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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 ?

No, there's nothin' you can send me, my own true love
There's nothin' I wish to be ownin'
Just carry yourself back to me unspoiled
From across that lonesome ocean.

Oh, but I just thought you might want something fine
Made of silver or of golden
Either from the mountains of Madrid
Or from the coast of Barcelona ?

Oh, but if I had the stars from the darkest night
And the diamonds from the deepest ocean
I'd forsake them all for your sweet kiss
For that's all I'm wishin' to be ownin'.

That I might be gone a long time
And it's only that I'm askin'
Is there something I can send you to remember me by
To make your time more easy passin' ?

Oh, how can, how can you ask me again
It only brings me sorrow
The same thing I would want today
I would want again tomorrow.

I got a letter on a lonesome day
It was from her ship a-sailin'
Saying I don't know when I'll be comin' back again
It depends on how I'm a-feelin'.

Well, if you, my love, must think that-a-way
I'm sure your mind is roamin'
I'm sure your heart is not with me <corrected line
But with the country to where you're goin'.

So take heed, take heed of the western wind
Take heed of the stormy weather
And yes, there's something you can send back to me
Spanish boots of Spanish leather.





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Boots of Spanish Leather | Reviewer: Glory Cloud Revelation | 1/23/14

In this time that we're living in, when there seem to be so many shallow songs about love. It's nice to hear the words from "Boots of Spanish Leather" that give love a deeper meaning. Words like these: There's nothin' you can send me, my own true love;
There's nothin' I wish to be ownin' ;
Just carry yourself back to me unspoiled,
From across that lonesome ocean.

The poetic vowel scheme rhymes of "ownin and "ocean"and romantic comparisons are symbolic with the gift of being a poet that some songwriters have, which set them in a special category of their own. The following verse is even more poetically romantic:
Oh, but if I had the stars from the darkest night,
And the diamonds from the deepest ocean,
I'd forsake them all for your sweet kiss,
For that's all I'm wishin' to be ownin' .

Now, instead of committing to him, she ignores his sweet words (which Shakespeare could not have written better) and rambles on with:
"I might be gone a long time, and it's only that I'm askin'
Is there something I can send you to remember me by
To make your time easy passin' ? "

Now, he confirms his love for her again, based on what he has already told her, and says,
Oh, how can you ask me again,
It only brings me sorrow,
The same thing I would want today,
I would want again tomorrow.
*this is one of the most beautiful verses for a love song!

Then, when she sends him a letter from her ship saying,
"I don't know when I'm comin' back again,
It depends on how I'm feelin', "
He says,
"Well, if you, my love, must think that-a-way,
I'm sure your mind is roamin' ;
.Take heed of the stormy weather,
And yes, there's somethin' you can send back to me,
Spanish boots of Spanish leather.
He decides he's gonna do a lot of walkin' - the other way!

That's when he meets Sara, and they get married and have beautiful children they love, together.

Guthrie-wise | Reviewer: Savage5854 | 7/10/13

The significance of the Spanish leather actually comes from a Guthrie song. In gypsy Davy a living man loses his wife as she runs off to sings songs with a travelling gypsy, he rides after her, and asks her to take off her gloves that are made of Spanish leather, but she refuses and stays with the gypsy. We can therefore interpret the Spanish boots as a symbol of the loss of love, as it is the refusal to remove said gloves thats determine the wifes fate in the guthrie song. Dylan obviously saw the connection between gypsy Davy and his own situation, and decided to reference it in the song. The fact he asks for boots is far more likely to suggest the fact he too is off on his travels rather than seeking to follow suze rotolo.

Boots lyrics | Reviewer: JOJO | 6/3/13

She (based on the real-life Suze Rottolo) is going for for an EXTENDED visit to the continent,,,,she is 2 or 3 years younger than him (he is only 22 or so), and she is clearly excited by the trip. He is in love with her (maybe even lost his virginity with her), the relationship has gone on for two years or so, and the initial excitement is wearing down... and he's not stupid....he knows how attractive she is, and how she will be tempted..."just bring yourself back to me unspoiled", he begs....Instead of convincing him of her faithfulness after he says that, she keeps insisting that she wants to send him a gift for him to "remember" her by....he pleads with her to stop because he can see what's behind her "thoughfulness"....when he gets the letter saying she doesn't know when she will be coming back, he knows her mind is on the country (and the men) where she is going....so he tells her to send him a pair of boots, because if she can't commit to him in the way he expects, he will have to leave, bitter and sad.....it's the same theme as "Don't Think Twice" and so many other of Bob's early songs.....It is true that the music is much like Girl From the North Country, but that song was based on Echo Helstrom, his HS girlfriend from Hibbing, MI, and the English ballad "Scarborough Fair".....the second break up is tougher than the first....

beautiful song | Reviewer: paul | 10/12/11

NEIL, I DON'T THINK HE'S MOVING ON,I THINK HE'S FOLLOWING HER. WHEREVER TO OR WHENEVER HE GETS THERE HE'LL BE WEARING THE BOOTS OF SPANISH LEATHER. THE STARS, THE DIAMONDS SIGNIFY THE DEPTH OF HIS LOVE AND THE BOOTS SIGNIFY HOW FAR HE IS PREPARED TO FOLLOW HER.

Do you know how much they cost???? | Reviewer: Neil | 5/24/11

One of the most subtle lyrics in the Dylan catalog. Two interpetations: The two characters are speaking, she's hinting she's leaving him, he's completely in denial, when it's apparent she's never going to come back, he asks her for something expensive! Also, by asking for boots, he too is moving on.

My favorite Bob Dylan song | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/7/11

You might notice this song has the same guitar part and melody to "Girl From The North Country" off of an earlier album because Bob Dylan took his earlier song and rewrote it, possibly because it's about the same girl. Nonetheless, it's a beautiful song, the way he sings it, the way he plays it, the harmonica is heartbreaking the way it plays over the guitar, it's definitely my favorite Bob Dylan song of all time. It's funny how his career has gone on from the late 50's all the way to today, but he's never been able to top those first few folk albums that he released when he was just over 20 years old.



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