I’m a-wonderin’ if she remembers me at all…The Waterboys cover Dylan’s “Girl From The North Country”

Girl From The North Country – The Waterboys (2002) FLAC HD Video

The Waterboys’ cover of Bob Dylan’s “Girl From The North Country” was released in June 2002 on the Dylan tribute cover CD from British music magazine Uncut. Some cover albums are great, some not so much….I think both of the Uncut Dylan tribute albums (there was a Vol. 1 & 2) fall in the the former category. This track is a longtime Dylan favorite, and as a huge fan of The Waterboys, it was an easy choice for a quick video. I hope you enjoy the video and maybe get a chance to hear this great cover for the first time. I cannot recommend the Uncut tribute albums enough, the Dylan and Rolling Stones ones especially, but they have others that are great as well.

The June 2002 issue of Uncut comes in two versions with two different cover discs (Hard Rain Vols 1 & 2) containing between them 31 Dylan covers. Like the Rolling Stones double tribute in December 2001, it’s eclectic and includes several specially recorded tracks.

The Band feature on disc one with “When I Paint My Masterpiece” from the remastered Cahoots. Emmylou Harris also features doing ‘Every Grain of Sand’. Paul Weller does ‘I Shall Be Released’.

Rarities include versions of ‘She’s Your Lover Now’ (Howard Devoto / Luxuria) and ‘Sitting on a Barbed Wire Fence’ (Thurston, Kim & Epic), and unusual takes include Ani DiFranco’s ‘Hurricane’ and ‘Shelter from the Storm’ from Cassandra Wilson .

Among the exclusive tracks are The Waterboys doing ‘Girl from the North Country’, Lee Ranaldo from Sonic Youth attempting ‘Visions of Johanna’ and Johnny Marr doing ‘Don’t Think Twice’.

Judging from the Stones one, it’ll sell out very fast. The same issue has various worthies (including Joan Baez, Kris Kristofferson, Martin Carthy, Brian Ferry, Jackie Leven, Tom Waits, Natalie Merchant, Simon Nicol) voting on Dylan’s 40 Greatest Songs. ‘Tell Me Momma’ gets in among the usual suspects.

Tracks

Volume 1

Girl From The North Country – The Waterboys
Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues – Bill Kirchen
Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right – Johnny Marr
She’s Your Lover Now – Howard Devoto / Luxuria
I Dreamed I Saw St Augustine – Thea Gilmore
When I Paint My Masterpiece – The Band
The Times They Are A’Changin’ – The Hollies
I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight – Robert Palmer
Paths of Victory – Cat Power
Most Likely You Go Your Way – Todd Rundgren
Sitting on a Barbed Wire Fence – Thurston, Kim & Epic
You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go – Mary Lou Lord
With God On Our Side – Manfred Mann
Shelter From The Storm – Cassandra Wilson
She Belongs To Me – The Nice
I Shall Be Released – Paul Weller
Volume 2

It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) – Hamell On Trial
It’s All Over Now Baby Blue – Echo & The Bunnymen
Visions of Johanna – Lee Ranaldo
Positively 4th Street – Paul Westerberg
I Threw It All Away – Yo La Tengo
Maggie’s Farm – The Specials
Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You – The Charlatans
Highway 61 Revisited – Dr Feelgood
Tangled Up in Blue – Robyn Hitchcock
Wallflower – Buddy & Julie Miller
Love Minus Zero / No Limit – Steve Harley
Hurricane – Ani DiFranco
If You Gotta Go, Go Now – The Cowboy Junkies
Series of Dreams – Gallon Drunk
Every Grain of Sand – Emmylou Harris

[Lyrics]
Well, if you’re travelin’ in the north country fair
Where the winds hit heavy on the borderline
Remember me to one who lives there
She once was a true love of mine

Well, if you go when the snowflakes storm
When the rivers freeze and summer ends
Please see if she’s wearing a coat so warm
To keep her from the howlin’ winds

Please see for me if her hair hangs long,
If it rolls and flows all down her breast.
Please see for me if her hair hangs long,
That’s the way I remember her best.

I’m a-wonderin’ if she remembers me at all
Many times I’ve often prayed
In the darkness of my night
In the brightness of my day

So if you’re travelin’ in the north country fair
Where the winds hit heavy on the borderline
Remember me to one who lives there
She once was a true love of mine

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