I always thought the woman on the cover was the "north country girl" of the song with that title.
She's died, and Dylan recently paid a visit to a Synagogue presumably to say a prayer for her, via The Daily Mail (h/t Five Feet of Fury):
Bob Dylan has been spotted on a mission of mercy – visiting a local synagogue.I have no idea if she were the girl of the song, but I'll always remember the image and the song:
The 69-year-old music legend had presumably gone to say prayers for his lost ‘soulmate’ and ex-girlfriend Suze Rotolo, who died at the end of last month.
An ashen-faced Dylan cut a frail figure
He was greeted at the Los Angeles synagogue by a young woman before going inside carrying a black leather jacket underneath his arm as the sun shone.
An onlooker said: ‘He looked pretty beaten down and depressed. He went in a back door and stayed inside for over an hour before being picked up again by his driver.’
It is not known how often Dylan visits the synagogue and until now his chosen religion has been a long-standing mystery.
However he may well have just been saying a prayer for Miss Rotolo - his inspiration and young sweetheart who appeared with him arm in arm on the iconic cover of his 1963 album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan.
The pair began dating in 1961 when Miss Rotolo was just 17 years old. They split after three years but remained close friends until she died of lung cancer in New York on February 25.
Update: Reader Michael writes:
"I, too, am a big fan of Dylan's "Girl From The North Country." But, FYI, the song is probably about (or at least inspired by) a former girlfriend of Dylan's named Echo Helstrom. Suze Rotolo was, according to Dylan himself, a "full-blooded Italian," not of 'north country' provenance.Hey, no problem. I love it when people destroy bits and pieces of my childhood memories.
Sorry if this is a let-down!"
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