Untold Dylan: “I’ll let you be in my dream if I can be in yours”


Dylan: The music, the meanings; the interpretations, the analysis (plus a spot of guesswork along the way)

Over 300 Dylan song reviews on the site, and over 280,000 page views in the last year.  Thank you, everyone, for your interest in this venture.

Publisher’s Update: 27 September 2016

Recent Posts (the full list of songs reviewed is below)

Dylan songs of the 21st century has been started as the final part of the Chronology Files (more details below).

The latest song reviews are…

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The Chronology Files

There are reviews of Dylan’s compositions from all parts of his life, up to the most recent writings, but of late I have been trying to put these into chronological order, and fill in the gaps as I work.

All the songs reviewed on this site are listed in alphabetical order below.

I am always happy to receive requests to look at specific songs from any era of Dylan’s writing.   I love the challenge.   Email TonyAttwoodofLondon@gmail.com

Tony Attwood


Complete index in alphabetical order

  1. Abandoned Love
  2. Absolutely Sweet Marie
  3. Alberta (1 and 2)
  4. All along the watch tower
  5. All I really want to do
  6. All the tired horses
  7. Angelina
  8. As I went out one morning
  9. Baby Please Don’t Go
  10. Baby Stop Crying
  11. Ballad for a friend
  12. Ballad of a thin man
  13. The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest,
  14. Ballad of Hollis Brown
  15. Beyond here lies nothing
  16. Ballad in Plain D
  17. Billy 1, 4, and 7 and the Main title theme – Billy the Kid
  18. Blind Willie McTell
  19. Black Crow Blues
  20. Black Diamond Bay – original 2013 review
  21. Black Diamond Bay – alternative 2016 review
  22. Blessed is the name of the lord
  23. Blowing in the wind 
  24. Bob Dylan’s Dream
  25. Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream
  26. Boots of Spanish Leather
  27. Call Letter Blues
  28. Can you please crawl out your window?
  29. Can’t Wait
  30. Caribbean Wind
  31. Changing of the Guards
  32. Changing of the Guards and the Tarot
  33. Chimes of Freedom
  34. Cold Irons Bound 
  35. Coming from the Heart (with Helena Springs)
  36. Corrina Corrina
  37. Covenant Woman
  38. Country Pie
  39. Dark Eyes
  40. Day of the locusts
  41. Dead Man, Dead Man.
  42. Dear Landlord
  43. Desolation Row
  44. Dignity
  45. Dirge
  46. Dirt Road Blues
  47. Disease of Conceit
  48. Do right to me baby
  49. Don’t ever take yourself away
  50. Don’t fall apart on me tonight
  51. Don’t Take Everybody to be your friend
  52. Don’t think twice
  53. Down along the cove
  54. Down the Highway
  55. Drifter’s Escape
  56. Duquesne Whistle
  57. Early Roman Kings
  58. Eternal Circle
  59. Every grain of Sand
  60. Everything is broken
  61. Farewell Angelina
  62. Father of night
  63. Floater (Too much to ask)
  64. Foot of Pride
  65. Forever Young – Tony’s review
  66. Forever Young – Dearbhla’s thoughts
  67. Fourth Time Around
  68. Gates of Eden
  69. Girl from the North Country
  70. George Jackson
  71. Going Going Gone
  72. Golden Loom
  73. Gonna Change my Way of Thinking
  74. Gotta Serve Somebody
  75. Gypsy Lou
  76. Handle with care
  77. Hard Rain’s a gonna fall
  78. Hazel
  79. Heart of Mine
  80. High Water (for Charley Patton)
  81. Highlands
  82. Highway 61 Revisited
  83. Honest with Me
  84. Hurricane
  85. I am a lonesome hobo
  86. I believe in you
  87. I don’t believe you (She acts like we never have met)
  88. I dreamed I saw St Augustine
  89. I must love you too much
  90. I pity the poor immigrant 
  91. I shall be free number 10.
  92. I shall be released
  93. I threw it all away
  94. I wanna be your lover
  95. I want you
  96. If I was a king
  97. I’ll keep it with mine
  98. Idiot Wind
  99. If dogs run free
  100. If not for you
  101. If you ever go to Houston
  102. If you gotta go, go now
  103. If you see her say hello
  104. I’ll be your baby tonight (original) I’ll be your baby tonight (second thoughts)
  105. I’m not there
  106. In the garden
  107. Is your love in vain?
  108. Isis
  109. It ain’t me babe
  110. It takes a lot to laugh
  111. It’s all good
  112. It’s all over now baby blue
  113. It’s all right ma – 2015 review.
  114. It’s all right ma – 2013 review
  115. I want you
  116. Joey
  117. John Brown
  118. John Wesley Harding
  119. Jokerman
  120. Jolene
  121. Just like a woman
  122. Just like Tom Thumb’s Blues
  123. Knocking on heaven’s door
  124. Lay Down Your Weary Tune
  125. Lay Lady Lay
  126. Legionnaire’s Disease
  127. Lenny Bruce is Dead
  128. Leopard skin pill-box hat
  129. Like a Rolling Stone
  130. Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts
  131. Living the blues
  132. Long and Wasted Years
  133. Love Minus Zero
  134. Love Rescue Me
  135. Love Sick
  136. Maybe someday
  137. Maggie’s Farm
  138. Make you feel my love
  139. Mama you been on my mind
  140. Man Gave Names to all the Animals
  141. Man of Peace
  142. Man in the Long Black Coat
  143. Marchin to the city
  144. Masters of War
  145. Meet me in the Morning
  146. Million dollar bash
  147. Million Miles
  148. Mississippi (Tell Tale Signs) – reworked March 2015
  149. More than Flesh and Blood (with a transcription of the lyrics)
  150. Most likely you go your way and I’ll go mine
  151. Most of the time
  152. Motorpsycho nightmare
  153. Mozambique
  154. Mr Tambourine Man
  155. My back pages
  156. My wife’s home town
  157. Narrow Way
  158. Neighbourhood Bully
  159. Never Say Goodbye
  160. New Morning
  161. New Pony
  162. Ninety miles an hour down a dead end street
  163. No man righteous
  164. Nobody Cept You
  165. North Country Blues
  166. No time to think
  167. Not Dark Yet – latest revision August 2016
  168. Not Dark Yet as poetry
  169. Obviously Five Believers
  170. Oh, Sister
  171. On a night like this
  172. On the road again
  173. On the Road Again as part of a sequence of songs,
  174. One more cup of coffee
  175. One more night
  176. One more weekend
  177. One of us must know
  178. One too many mornings
  179. Only a pawn in their game
  180. Outlaw Blues,
  181. Oxford Town
  182. Pay in Blood
  183. Percy’s Song
  184. Pledging my Time
  185. Political World
  186. Positively Fourth Street – updated and expanded September 2014
  187. Precious Angel
  188. Pressing on
  189. Property of Jesus
  190. Queen Jane Approximately
  191. Quinn the Eskimo – The Mighty Quinn
  192. Rainy Day Women
  193. Red River Shore
  194. Restless Farewell
  195. Ring Them Bells
  196. Rita May
  197. Rollin and Tumblin
  198. Romance in Durango
  199. Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands
  200. Sara
  201. Sarah Jane
  202. Saved
  203. Saving Grace
  204. See that my grave is kept clean
  205. Seeing the real you at last
  206. Señor,(Tales of Yankee Power) 
  207. Series of Dreams
  208. Seven Curses
  209. Seven Days
  210. She Belongs to Me
  211. She’s your lover now
  212. Shelter from the storm
  213. Shooting Star
  214. Shooting Star and Jimi Hendrix
  215. Shot of Love
  216. Sign Language
  217. Sign on the cross
  218. Sign on the window
  219. Silvio
  220. Simple Twist of Fate
  221. Slow Train
  222. Someday Baby – Modern Times
  223. Someday Baby – Tell Tale Signs
  224. Something there is about you.
  225. Something’s burning baby
  226. Soon After Midnight
  227. Spanish Harlem Incident
  228. Standing in the doorway
  229. Standing on the highway
  230. Stop now
  231. Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again
  232. Subterranean Homesick Blues – updated March 2015
  233. Summer Days (“Love and Theft”)
  234. Talkin’ John Birch Society Blues (Paranoid Blues)
  235. Talkin’ World War III Blues
  236. Tangled up in blue
  237. Tears of Rage
  238. Tell me it isn’t true
  239. Tell Ol’ Bill
  240. Temporary Like Achilles
  241. “The Groom’s Still Waiting at the Alter”.
  242. The Levee’s Gonna Break
  243. The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll
  244. The Man in Me
  245. The Times they are a-Changing
  246. The Wandering Kind
  247. The Wicked Messenger
  248. Things have changed – review revised and extended 2016
  249. This Dream of You
  250. This Wheel’s on Fire
  251. Three Angels
  252. Time to end this Masquerade
  253. Trouble in Mind
  254. Thunder on the Mountain
  255. Tight Connection to my heart
  256. Til I fell in love with you
  257. Time passes slowly  – revised 30 August 2015.
  258. Tiny Montgomery 
  259. To be alone with you
  260. To fall in love with you
  261. To Ramona
  262. Tombstone Blues
  263. Tomorrow is a long time
  264. Tonight I’ll be Staying Here With You
  265. Too Much of Nothing
  266. Tough Mama
  267. Trouble
  268. Trying to get to heaven
  269. True Love Tends to Forget
  270. TV Talking Song
  271. Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum
  272. Union Sundown
  273. Up to Me
  274. Visions of Johanna
  275. Watching the river flow
  276. Watered down love
  277. We better Talk this Over
  278. Wedding song
  279. Went to see the gypsy
  280. What good am I?
  281. What was it you wanted?
  282. What’s going on here?
  283. When I paint my masterpiece
  284. When the night comes falling from the sky
  285. When the ship comes in
  286. When you gonna wake up?
  287. When He returns
  288. Where are you tonight?
  289. Where teardrops fall
  290. Where were you last night?
  291. Who killed Davey Moore?
  292. Wiggle wiggle
  293. Wigwam and Woogie Boogie
  294. Winterlude
  295. With God on our Side
  296. Woogie Boogie and Wigwam
  297. Working Man’s Blues #2
  298. Ye shall be changed
  299. You ain’t going nowhere
  300. You Angel You
  301. You changed my life
  302. You wanna ramble
  303. You’re a big girl now
  304. You’re going to make me lonesome when you go


Big Bill Broonzy had a song called “Key to the Highway.” “I’ve got a key to the highway / I’m booked and I’m bound to go / Gonna leave here runnin’ because walking is most too slow.” I sang that a lot. If you sing that a lot, you just might write, “Georgia Sand he had a bloody nose, welfare department wouldn’t give him no clothes…

                                   Bob Dylan at the MusiCare Gala 2015

“You can never tell why someone’s gonna stick something in a song. You just gotta remember that the whole is bigger than the sum of its parts. You can’t expect to understand everything in every song.”

          Theme Time Radio Hour


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12 Responses to Untold Dylan: “I’ll let you be in my dream if I can be in yours”

  1. Oded says:


    Thanks for the great works here. after reading just a few, i must say this is insightful, and the “untold” seems to be a truthful adjective. i think i have read a few dozens of miles of Dylan cracking texts, still, I really enjoy your stuff.

  2. Jane Reeves says:

    Have been a fan of Dylan since 12 years of age, ( am now 45) I WISH I had read your website years ago. Have seen Bob twice live on stage (London) 2002 and 2005 . (HONESTLY…. I prefer the albums!) His “make scrambled eggs” of his songs and see if the die hard fans can figure it out – I can see WHY he does it to stave off extreme boredom´- but a small bit of me would like to hear “Between the Windows of the sea..where lovely mermaids flow”…and not spend ten minutes scrunching up my face and my mind to even i-d- Desolation Row!!
    I found your site today and will make note of it: but here is a question
    : maybe no-one (now living) knows;
    “What makes Robert Allan Zimmerman (aka bob Dylan)
    what makes him Smile or Laugh With Real Happiness?”
    I wish I knew

    sending you all best wishes and many thanks
    Jane Reeves

  3. everymanmediagroup says:

    We absolutely love your blog and find a lot of your post’s to
    be just what I’m looking for. Do you offer guest writers to
    write content for you? I wouldn’t mind writing a
    post or elaborating on a number of the subjects you write
    about here. Again, awesome site!

  4. TonyAttwood says:

    Everyman – sure do. Just write to me and tell me what song you would like to review. Tony.Attwood@aisa.org

  5. Thelonious says:

    “Series of Dreams” links to “Mozambique”

  6. ask says:

    Wonderful post! We will be linking to this particularly great post on our website.
    Keep up the good writing.

  7. David Griffiths says:

    I like your blog website.
    I’ve been a Dylan fan for a few years now. I really like your classifications which seem to be true. I cannot say that I have heard all Bob’s songs, so you may need some cooperation when it comes to organizing them all.
    I noticed that there is more song material published from the album “Tell tale signs”
    that I’ve just been listening to To-Day.One thing I looked for is the Poem He did about “Last thoughts on Woodie Guthrie”
    I would classify this as an enlightened protest,maybe,with distain for the world(worldliness) that most shallow folks look for satisfaction in. Hard to classify as it touches on a lot of the categories.
    Thanks once again!

  8. Tom Kirkpatrick says:

    Hi Tony,

    I continue to enjoy your analysis of Bob Dylan’s songs. I’m wondering if you would take a look at “Million Dollar Bash” — from the Basement Tapes.

    Best wishes

  9. I have long been a Dylan fan, growing into him and appreciating his work ever more as I get older. I came across your site by chance and read several entries and song interpretations and I must say that from what I have read of his recording methods – songs lyrics going through many iterations and very often be written on the hoof (as it were) I suspect you are overegging the pudding rather too much. For example, it is obvious to me that Dylan will often use a simile because it contains one word which gives him a good rhyme – and no more.

  10. Excellent blog post. I certainly love this
    website. Keep writing!

  11. Rick says:

    Most honest reviews of Dylan material, a breath of fresh air. Thank you.

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