General Comment I agree, bob dylans one of the greatest song-writers ever, but one thing that's funny to him also is how much his songs are over analyzed This sond was writted about the month period where his then girlfriend, suze rotolo the girl on the cover of freewheelin' album was in italy and bob was really feeling it. She was his girlfriend in the early sixties right before he was signed to columbia and they lived in an apartment together when she was 18 and he was When he was signed, he started to get fame and she was feeling like people only knew her as "bob's girl" and she was offered the chance to study in italy, something she wanted to do right after high school but couldn't because of a car accident.
Well when her mother, who wasn't too fond of bob, was pushing her to go and she feared if she didn't go she would regret it forever. She finally decided to go, despite the fact her and bob Boots Of Spanish Leather - Bob Dylan - Breakfast In Yokohama (CD) now in a loving relationship.
This was all described in her book that just came out, "a freewheelin' time" Back to the song, it is about how any man would feel when his woman is far away in this case overseas and thw beginning is essentially a conversation between he and her, where she is asking if there is anything he wants her to buy him while she's on her trip, and he insists that all he wants is her back home "unspoiled" meaning he wants their relationship to be just like it was when they were together.
Then she says she's not sure of when she's coming home, that it depends on how she's feeling which is what happened in real life and bob fears that this means she's not even thinking about him, that she's too busy having fun in europe to worry about how lovesick he is. That is the basic meaning of the song. Yeah, it is pretty clear that Dylan felt that his fans should not think about the lyrics, but simply attribute them to something in his life based on a book by an ex-girlfriend.
That's it. Case closed. No, I think Dylan thought it was funny when someone would claim to know the real meaning of the song. Dylan's songs are purposely vague and listeners should definitely use their brains to figure out what the song means to them. You can't go wrong until you claim that you are the only person that is right.
There is no "basic meaning" to the song. The meaning can only be determined by the listener. Why do think Boots Of Spanish Leather - Bob Dylan - Breakfast In Yokohama (CD) constantly answers questions about songs differently all the time. He doesn't want an answer set down in stone, and he definitely doesn't want to stop someone from doing their own "analysis" of the song.
Flag clovus on December 11, My Interpretation It's about the torture of being madly in love long distance relationship or growing apart and finally coming to grips with the fact that it's over.
At the end, the man realizes that the relationship is definitely over and decides to finally give in to the woman's desire to get him a gift. He asks for Boots of Spanish Leather. Boots are made for walking. He's decided to finally walk away from this relationship but doing so is absolute torture. A means of medieval torture involved something known as the Spanish boot. No Replies Log in to reply. General Comment A Spanish Boot is an old torturing device used to crush the foot. General Comment I love this song.
He's just so When he realizes she's not coming back he agrees to accept a gift. Almost as a pity gift. He has such a delicate sense of humor. About what thechosenone says, I'm a Chilean graduate of English-Spanish translation, and I've learned more reading Dylan lyrics than anything else I've ever read in English.
Or Spanish, for that matter. General Comment it is about suze rotolo. General Comment Why the boots? I believe that "give someone a boot" might mean to break the relationship.
I had brought along a large handfull of small ceramic medallions that I Boots Of Spanish Leather - Bob Dylan - Breakfast In Yokohama (CD) with the Camino shell logo, on the back saying my name Popeye, Colorado and Camino.
I gave them to folks I connected with and all appreciated them. I had one left, Boots Of Spanish Leather - Bob Dylan - Breakfast In Yokohama (CD), on my pack and was untying it to give her. It hit me like a brick of course, and told her my wifes name. Magical moment, scary too. I worked my way back, found a beautiful pair of Spanish boots for my Carrie. I gave them to her a Christmas. She loved them so much that she is afraid to wear them.
The words to the song always Boots Of Spanish Leather - Bob Dylan - Breakfast In Yokohama (CD) us to tears. I value all things authentic, Boots of Spanish leather providing a fine metaphor for bringing quality into our lives and a reminder that love existing in many ways and many flavors. Popeye — I wanted to discuss a point with you off the site, but the email address you provided has bounced back. Can you write to me at Tony schools. The Spanish boots may have an allegorical meaning?
His greatest love song bar none! Utterly timeless! Some cracking insights here. Popeye, thank you so much for sharing your amazing experiences. I shed a few tears! Life is so mysterious and wonderful if you are open to it. Beautiful story around a beautiful song. Thank you. Spanish boots were a medieval torture device designed to cripple.
We all wear our own version of Spanish boots from time to time. Sometimes they are put on us and other times we put them on ourselves. My take on this song is that there is a woman who wishes to see more of the world. As the song progresses, the woman is able to state her honest truth, either having grown from her experiences abroad, or simply because of the distance, and says that she may not return from Spain.
When the man receives this news, he understands that their relationship is over, and the symbolism of the Spanish boots represents both an acknowledgement of their shared past and its ultimate ending, and his need to move on. The symbolism of boots represents walking your own path.
The fact that they are made of Spanish leather is an acknowledgement and acceptance of her reality and her path. In this way, he is stating that he is not rejecting her, but rather embracing her memory as me moves on. Anybody ever hear the Seldom Scene cover of this song? Im was in love with a girl from Barcelona. Then I needed to left Spain and back home, Ushuaia patagonia.
Your text are awesome. Thank you again. To see him Does this make sense to anyone else? I so adore this song and recently learned to play it. I do think the first six stanzas are in dialogue, most likely woman-man-woman-man-woman-man, while the last 3 stanzas are the man. Most of the dialogue is presented as a Boots Of Spanish Leather - Bob Dylan - Breakfast In Yokohama (CD) of communications from and to a ship in transit.
As the ship moves further away, the responder stays solidly fixed on valuing the relationship, but the first speaker, who I take to be the woman, moves further and further from valuing the relationship. He decides to move on. The request for boots of Spanish Leather are symbolic of him moving on, making his own path, with no more thoughts of her except a reminder of the one thing that he was able to get out of the relationship that he actually wanted, the boots.
I always assumed boots of Spanish leather was walking boots, and never new it was a torture device. This gives the interpretation of the song two very different meanings.
Justin and Edie thank you for pointing this out. Also, interesting how others have such personal interpretations for this song.
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