Spanish Harlem Incident
"Spanish Harlem Incident" is a song written and performed by Bob Dylan which was released on his 1964 album, ANOTHER SIDE OF BOB DYLAN, on August 8.
The song has been described as "a gorgeous vignette" by critics and been praised for its multilayered, poetic dimensions.
When Dylan himself has been questioned about the song's subject matter he has confessed that he has no idea. However, author Paul Williams describes the song as a portrait of a gypsy girl that Dylan has seen only fleetingly but who has completely captivated him. Williams goes on to say that within the context of the song, Dylan is falling in love with not only the gypsy girl but also with the whole idea of gypsies and of himself in love with one.
Below: Holland, unofficial; part of the Bob Dylan Transcripts Series.