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

 

Bob Dylan won the Nobel prize for literature 2016; the first ever singer-songwriter to win the prize.

On this site we examine the music, the meanings; the interpretations, the analysis of his work.

Over 350 Dylan song reviews on the site 

Currently running at over 450,000 page views a year

Publisher’s Update: 23 January 2017


“Everything worth doing takes time. You have to write a hundred bad songs before you write one good one. And you have to sacrifice a lot of things that you might not be prepared for. Like it or not, you are in this alone and have to follow your own star.”  Bob Dylan, October 2016.


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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

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Complete index in alphabetical order

  1. Abandoned Love
  2. Absolutely Sweet Marie
  3. Alberta (1 and 2)
  4. Almost Done (Angel of Rain)
  5. All along the watch tower
  6. All I really want to do
  7. All the tired horses
  8. Angelina
  9. Are you ready?
  10. As I went out one morning
  11. Baby Please Don’t Go
  12. Baby Stop Crying
  13. Ballad for a friend
  14. Ballad of a thin man
  15. The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest,
  16. Ballad of Hollis Brown
  17. Beyond here lies nothing
  18. Ballad in Plain D
  19. Billy 1, 4, and 7 and the Main title theme – Billy the Kid
  20. Blind Willie McTell
  21. Black Crow Blues
  22. Black Diamond Bay – original 2013 review
  23. Black Diamond Bay – alternative 2016 review
  24. Blessed is the name of the lord
  25. Blowing in the wind 
  26. Bob Dylan’s Dream
  27. Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream
  28. Boots of Spanish Leather
  29. Born in Time
  30. Brownsville Girl
  31. Call Letter Blues
  32. Can you please crawl out your window?
  33. Can’t Wait
  34. Caribbean Wind
  35. Cat’s in the Well
  36. Changing of the Guards
  37. Changing of the Guards and the Tarot
  38. Chimes of Freedom
  39. Clean Cut Kid
  40. Cold Irons Bound 
  41. Coming from the Heart (with Helena Springs)
  42. Corrina Corrina
  43. Covenant Woman
  44. Cover Down
  45. Country Pie
  46. Dark Eyes
  47. Day of the locusts
  48. Dead Man, Dead Man.
  49. Dear Landlord
  50. Desolation Row
  51. Dignity
  52. Dirge
  53. Dirt Road Blues
  54. Dirty Lie
  55. Disease of Conceit
  56. Do right to me baby
  57. Don’t ever take yourself away
  58. Don’t fall apart on me tonight
  59. Don’t Take Everybody to be your friend
  60. Don’t think twice
  61. Down along the cove
  62. Down the Highway
  63. Drifter’s Escape
  64. Drifting too far from shore
  65. Duquesne Whistle
  66. Early Roman Kings
  67. Emotionally yours
  68. Eternal Circle
  69. Every grain of Sand
  70. Everything is broken
  71. Farewell Angelina
  72. Father of night
  73. Floater (Too much to ask)
  74. Foot of Pride
  75. Forever Young – Tony’s review
  76. Forever Young – Dearbhla’s thoughts
  77. Fourth Time Around
  78. Gates of Eden
  79. Girl from the North Country
  80. George Jackson
  81. Go Way Little Boy
  82. Going Going Gone
  83. Golden Loom
  84. Gonna Change my Way of Thinking
  85. Got My Mind Made Up
  86. Gotta Serve Somebody
  87. Gypsy Lou
  88. Handle with care
  89. Handy Dandy
  90. Hard Rain’s a gonna fall
  91. Hard times in New York Town
  92. Hazel
  93. Heart of Mine
  94. Hero Blues
  95. High Water (for Charley Patton)
  96. Highlands
  97. Highway 61 Revisited
  98. Honest with Me
  99. Howlin at your window.
  100. Hurricane
  101. I am a lonesome hobo
  102. I and I
  103. I believe in you
  104. I don’t believe you (She acts like we never have met)
  105. I dreamed I saw St Augustine
  106. I’ll remember you
  107. I must love you too much
  108. I once new a man
  109. I pity the poor immigrant 
  110. I shall be free number 10.
  111. I shall be released
  112. I threw it all away
  113. I wanna be your lover
  114. I want you
  115. I will love Him
  116. If I was a king
  117. I’ll keep it with mine
  118. Idiot Wind
  119. If dogs run free
  120. If not for you
  121. If you ever go to Houston
  122. If you gotta go, go now
  123. If you see her say hello
  124. I’ll be your baby tonight (original) I’ll be your baby tonight (second thoughts)
  125. I’m not there
  126. In the garden
  127. In the summertime
  128. Is your love in vain?
  129. Isis
  130. It ain’t me babe
  131. It takes a lot to laugh
  132. It’s all good
  133. It’s all over now baby blue
  134. It’s all right ma – 2015 review.
  135. It’s all right ma – 2013 review
  136. I want you
  137. Joey
  138. John Brown
  139. John Wesley Harding
  140. Jokerman
  141. Jolene
  142. Just like a woman
  143. Just like Tom Thumb’s Blues
  144. Kingsport Town
  145. Knocking on heaven’s door
  146. Lay Down Your Weary Tune
  147. Lay Lady Lay
  148. Legionnaire’s Disease
  149. Lenny Bruce is Dead
  150. Leopard skin pill-box hat
  151. Let me die in my footsteps
  152. License to kill
  153. Like a Rolling Stone
  154. Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts
  155. Living the blues
  156. Long and Wasted Years
  157. Love Minus Zero
  158. Love Rescue Me
  159. Love Sick
  160. Maybe someday
  161. Maggie’s Farm
  162. Make you feel my love
  163. Mama you been on my mind
  164. Man Gave Names to all the Animals
  165. Man of Peace
  166. Man in the Long Black Coat
  167. Man on the Street:
  168. Marchin to the city
  169. Masters of War
  170. Meet me in the Morning
  171. Million dollar bash
  172. Million Miles
  173. Mississippi (Tell Tale Signs) – reworked March 2015
  174. More than Flesh and Blood (with a transcription of the lyrics)
  175. Most likely you go your way and I’ll go mine
  176. Most of the time
  177. Motorpsycho nightmare
  178. Mozambique
  179. Mr Tambourine Man
  180. My back pages
  181. My wife’s home town
  182. Narrow Way
  183. Need a woman
  184. Neighbourhood Bully
  185. Never gonna be the same again
  186. Never Say Goodbye
  187. New Dansville Girl
  188. New Morning
  189. New Pony
  190. Ninety miles an hour down a dead end street
  191. No man righteous
  192. Nobody Cept You
  193. North Country Blues
  194. No time to think
  195. Not Dark Yet – latest revision August 2016
  196. Not Dark Yet as poetry
  197. Obviously Five Believers
  198. Oh, Sister
  199. On a night like this
  200. On the road again
  201. On the Road Again as part of a sequence of songs,
  202. One more cup of coffee
  203. One more night
  204. One more weekend
  205. One of us must know
  206. One too many mornings
  207. Only a pawn in their game
  208. Outlaw Blues,
  209. Oxford Town
  210. Paths of Victory.
  211. Pay in Blood
  212. Percy’s Song
  213. Pledging my Time
  214. Political World
  215. Positively Fourth Street – updated and expanded September 2014
  216. Precious Angel
  217. Pressing on
  218. Property of Jesus
  219. Queen Jane Approximately
  220. Quinn the Eskimo – The Mighty Quinn
  221. Quit your Lowdown Ways
  222. Rainy Day Women
  223. Ramblin Gamblin Willie
  224. Red River Shore
  225. Restless Farewell
  226. Ring Them Bells
  227. Rita May
  228. Rock em dead
  229. Rollin and Tumblin
  230. Romance in Durango
  231. Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands
  232. Sara
  233. Sarah Jane
  234. Saved
  235. Saving Grace
  236. See that my grave is kept clean
  237. Seeing the real you at last
  238. Señor,(Tales of Yankee Power) 
  239. Series of Dreams
  240. Seven Curses
  241. Seven Days
  242. Shake
  243. She Belongs to Me
  244. She’s your lover now
  245. Shelter from the storm
  246. Shooting Star
  247. Shooting Star and Jimi Hendrix
  248. Shot of Love
  249. Sign Language
  250. Sign on the cross
  251. Sign on the window
  252. Silvio
  253. Simple Twist of Fate
  254. Slow Train
  255. Solid Rock
  256. Someday Baby – Modern Times
  257. Someday Baby – Tell Tale Signs
  258. Something there is about you.
  259. Something’s burning baby
  260. Soon After Midnight
  261. Spanish Harlem Incident
  262. Spirit on the water:
  263. Standing in the doorway
  264. Standing on the highway
  265. Stop now
  266. Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again
  267. Subterranean Homesick Blues – updated March 2015
  268. Summer Days (“Love and Theft”)
  269. Sweetheart like you
  270. Talking Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues.
  271. Talkin Hava Negeilah blues
  272. Talkin’ John Birch Society Blues (Paranoid Blues)
  273. Talkin’ World War III Blues
  274. Tangled up in blue
  275. Tears of Rage
  276. Tell me it isn’t true
  277. Tell Ol’ Bill
  278. Temporary Like Achilles
  279. “The Groom’s Still Waiting at the Alter”.
  280. The Levee’s Gonna Break
  281. The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll
  282. The Man in Me
  283. The Times they are a-Changing
  284. The Wandering Kind
  285. The Wicked Messenger
  286. Things have changed – review revised and extended 2016
  287. This Dream of You
  288. This Wheel’s on Fire
  289. Three Angels
  290. Time to end this Masquerade
  291. Trouble in Mind
  292. Thunder on the Mountain
  293. Tight Connection to my heart
  294. Til I fell in love with you
  295. Time passes slowly  – revised 30 August 2015.
  296. Tiny Montgomery 
  297. To be alone with you
  298. To fall in love with you
  299. To Ramona
  300. Tombstone Blues
  301. Tomorrow is a long time
  302. Tonight I’ll be Staying Here With You
  303. Too Much of Nothing – revised 4 October 2016
  304. Tough Mama
  305. Tragedy of the Trade
  306. Trouble
  307. Trying to get to heaven
  308. True Love Tends to Forget
  309. Trust Yourself
  310. TV Talking Song
  311. Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum
  312. Under your spell
  313. Union Sundown
  314. Up to Me
  315. Visions of Johanna
  316. Waiting to get beat
  317. Walking Down the Line
  318. Whatcha Gonna Do? 
  319. Watching the river flow
  320. Watered down love
  321. We better Talk this Over
  322. Wedding song
  323. Well, well, well.
  324. Went to see the gypsy
  325. What can I do for You?
  326. What good am I?
  327. What was it you wanted?
  328. What’s going on here?
  329. When I paint my masterpiece
  330. When the night comes falling from the sky
  331. When the ship comes in
  332. When you gonna wake up?
  333. When He returns
  334. Where are you tonight?
  335. Where teardrops fall
  336. Where were you last night?
  337. Who killed Davey Moore?
  338. Who loves you more?
  339. Wiggle wiggle
  340. Wigwam and Woogie Boogie
  341. Winterlude
  342. With God on our Side
  343. Woogie Boogie and Wigwam
  344. Working Man’s Blues #2
  345. Ye shall be changed
  346. Yonder comes sin
  347. You ain’t going nowhere
  348. You Angel You
  349. You changed my life
  350. You took my breath away
  351. You wanna ramble
  352. You’re a big girl now
  353. 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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16 Responses to Untold Dylan: “I’ll let you be in my dream if I can be in yours”

  1. Oded says:

    Hi

    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!
    Dave.

  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.

  12. David Povey says:

    Hi Tony, is Brownsville Girl any sort of a challenge? It seems to be about a film, and the opening line is classic, along with “the swap meets [boot sales /garage sales] ’round here are pretty corrupt” which is one of my favourites. There is a strong resonance of Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs [Henry Porter] in the scene when Henry’s partner invites them to stay awhile. And probably much more, if its worth teasing it out. I do wish I knew more about the structure of music, as you do – I’ll have to be content with a life-long love of Bob Dylan. I missed his 1966 Australian tour (I was only 12) but have managed to catch his subsequent shows – yes, he is an enigma to some, however I’ve loved every concert so much. As someone comments elsewhere on your fabulous blog, in 100 years Dylan will be regarded as a great poet – by more than just his true fans. Thanks for the love you show to this music master. Its appropriate the Americans title their great musicians “Mister” – he is Mr Bob Dylan.

  13. Wolkowski says:

    New title available from Amazon.com catalogue:
    Bob Dylan: the spirit and the letter.
    Best regards
    Wolkowski
    Sorbonne universites upmc

  14. Raja Thuraisingham says:

    Just stumbled into your site yesterday.
    It’s a wonderful thing you have created. I’ve been a Dylan fan for 25 years but I’ve never read such insightful stuff.
    Keep it up!

    Raja

  15. Ravi says:

    Great site. Lovely committed work of true fan(s). All the very best.

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