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Rotolo, Suze

"Meeting her was like stepping into the tales of 1,0001 Arabian
nights, she had a smile that could light up a street full of people."
- Chronicles

"Cupid's arrow had whistled by my ears before, but this time it hit me
in the heart and the weight of it dragged me overboard... Meeting her
was like stepping into the tales of 1,0001 Arabian nights. She had a
smile that could light up a street full of people... a Rodin sculpture
come to life."
- Chronicles

Suze Rotolo (

Suze Rotolo (bobdylanroots) (David Todd) - from The Telegraph:

New York girlfriend: first saw Dylan perform on Wednesday 5 April 1961, at the Loeb Student Center on Washington Square, Greenwich Village. Dylan was nineteen, she was seventeen. Later put proudly on the cover of "Freewheelin''" and the subject of "Boots of Spanish Leather" and more.

Dylan's 'steady' girlfriend from July 1961 through to March 1964. Her six-month sojourn in Italy in 1962 and their eventual break-up in 1964 produced some of Dylan's most beautiful lovesongs.

Clinton Heylin:"Bob Dylan: Behind The Shades, a Biography" ( Nate Smith):

with all this interest in the girl on the cover of Freewheelin', EDLIS thought a search through the archives was in order. EDLIS has tentatively identified the following 4 songs as being about Suze:

  Ballad In Plain D
  / Bob Dylan 
  [Another Side Of Bob Dylan - 1964] 
  [For: Suze Rotolo] 

  Boots Of Spanish leather
  / Bob Dylan
  [The Times They Are A-Changin' - 1964]
  [For: Suze Rotolo]

  Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
  / Bob Dylan
  [The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan - 1962]
  [For: Suze Rotolo]
  [To the tune of: Understand Your Man (Johnny Cash)]

  Tomorrow Is A Long Time
  / Bob Dylan
  [Judy Collins Fifth Album]
  [Zimmerman, "Looking Back" - Zerocks 1971?]
  [Greatest Hits Vol.2 - 1973?]   ....etc.
  [For: Suze Rotolo]

this Agent isnt so sure about "Dont Think Twice". that may be about someone back out in the midwest, by my reckoning (Bonnie Beecher, the Girl From The North Country?...maybe, but maybe someone out there where you can have that rooster crow at the break of dawn). B.B. may also be the mama that's been on his mind in that song, although Suze is just as good a guess. Getting back to Suze, dont forget:
  Down The Highway
  / Bob Dylan
  [The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan - 1962] 

   Well, I'm walkin' down the highway
  With my suitcase in my hand.
  Yes, I'm walkin' down the highway
  With my suitcase in my hand.
  Lord, I really miss my baby,
  She's in some foreign land.


  Well, the ocean took my baby,
  My baby stole my heart from me.
  Yes, the ocean took my baby,
  My baby took my heart from me.
  She packed it all up in a suitcase,
  Lord, she took it away to iddly -(!)- _Italy_.

And probably add "Honey Just Allow Me One More Chance", "I Threw It All Away", "If You See Her, Please Say Hello", and so forth. Songs like "It Aint Me Babe" would make sense on the timeline, but would seem to be directed more at the sister here, so I tend not to think so. Maybe "She Belongs To Me", because of the satire,...but "Love-0/No Limit" is more likely about Sara Lowndes (as well as the last verse of "Gates of Eden"), since they got married about the same time. What about Baby Blue? Does she have blue eyes? Drobably not about her. possibly "I'll Keep It With Mine", probably not.

From: "TurnItUp!" (
Subject: Re: suze rotolo?? what ever happened to??
Date: 11 Aug 1997 13:57:00 GMT
Organization: JavaNet Cafe

Well, it just happens that she's my cousin, although the way her and Carla
(the "other sister") have been acting towards the rest of the family I
probably don't have much more info tha the rest of you.
To the best of my knowledge, she still lives in the Village and is a
freelance artist. She still gets recognized a lot due to the Freewheelin'
cover even though she's in her fifties now. She married a guy named Enzo
whom she met on the famous trip to Italy towards the end of her
relationship w/ Bob and has a son who by now is probably 18 or so.
My aunt Mary (her mother) died in '90 or so and Suze and Carla inherited
the house in Sardinia which I believe they have since sold.

That's all I can think of for now.


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