My Own True Love

Section 2 – All I Wish to Own

The title My Own True Love is a line from Bob Dylan’s Boots of Spanish Leather:

Oh, I’m sailin’ away, my own true love
I’m sailin’ away in the morning
Is there something I can send you from across the sea
From the place that I’ll be landing?

The text comes from Walt Whitman’s Splendid Silent Sun and the colors reflect a painting by William Turner, Scarlet Sunset.

GIVE me the splendid silent sun with all his beams full-dazzling,
Give me solitude—give me Nature—give me again,
O Nature, your primal sanities!
These demanding to have them, (tired with ceaseless excitement,
and rack’d by the war-strife,)
These to procure incessantly asking, rising in cries from my heart,
While yet incessantly asking still I adhere to my city,
Day upon day and year upon year O city, walking your streets,
Where you hold me enchain’d a certain time refusing to give me
Yet giving to make me glutted, enrich’d of soul, you give me
(O I see what I sought to escape, confronting, reversing my cries,
I see my own soul trampling down what it ask’d for.)


The Music Behind All I Wish to Own


Intermezzo in A Major played by Julius Katchen



Boots of Spanish Leather by Bob Dylan