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Echo Helstrom – Bob Dylan’s “Girl From the North Country” – has died

The news hits heavy as the winds on the borderline:

The woman rumored to be the subject of Bob Dylan’s song “Girl from the North Country” died last week in California, according to friends and Dylanophiles.

Echo Star Casey, nee Helstrom, was in her late 70s and had lived in California for years, though she stayed in touch with her Hibbing roots. It was as a teenager in the Iron Range city when Casey — described as “striking” with white-blonde hair and dark eye makeup, the Brigitte Bardot of Hibbing — dated the eccentric folk singer, then a classmate at Hibbing High School.

Remembering The One who lived there:

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 mineWell, 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’ windsPlease 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

Songwriter: Bob Dylan
Girl From The North Country  © Bob Dylan Music Co.

 

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