Boots of Spanish Leather
"Boots of Spanish Leather" is a ballad written and performed by Bob Dylan, and released in 1964 on his album THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN'.
Dylan's recording features him solo on the acoustic guitar, playing the song using fingerpicking.
Lyrically, "Boots of Spanish Leather" is a "restless, forlorn ballad for the ages and sages -a classic Dylan tale of two lovers, a crossroads, and the open sea." The song is written as a dialogue, with the first six verses alternating between the two lovers; however, the last three verses are all given by the lover who has been left behind. Within these nine verses, one of the lovers - a woman - goes across the sea. She writes, asking whether her lover would like any gift and he refuses, stating that he only wants her back. Towards the end it becomes clear that she is not returning, and she finally writes saying she may never come back. Her lover comes to realize what has happened and finally gives her a material request: "Spanish boots of Spanish leather."
Below: Holland, unofficial; part of the Bob Dylan Transcripts Series.