Bob Dylan performing 9 different versions of “Boots Of Spanish Leather” (videos & audio)

bob dylan boots of spaish leather

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?

Studio version released in 1964 on his album The Times They Are a-Changin’.

Released January 13, 1964
Recorded August 7, 1963
Genre American folk music
Length 4:40
Label Columbia Records
Writer Bob Dylan
Producer Tom Wilson

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

Alt 1963 studio version:

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

Carnegie Hall
New York City, New York
26 October 1963

Greek Theatre
University Of California
Berkeley, California
10 June 1988

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • G. E. Smith (guitar)
  • Kenny Aaronson (bass)
  • Christopher Parker (drums)

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 want from you today
I would want again tomorrow

Jones Beach Theater
Jones Beach State Park
Wantagh, New York
30 June 1988

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’

The Beacon Theatre
New York City, New York
12 October 1989

Labatts Apollo
Manchester, England
3 April 1995

King’s Dock
Liverpool, England
12 July 2001

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
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

Brixton Academy
London, England
25 November 2003

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