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.

360 Dylan song reviews on the site 

Currently running at over 480,000 page views a year

Publisher’s Update: 26 February 2017

What’s on the site.

1: Over 360 reviews of Dylan songs.  There is an index to these in alphabetical order below on this page, and an index to the songs in the order they were written in the Chronology Pages.

2: The Chronology.  We’ve taken all the songs we can find recordings of and put them in the order they were written (as far as possible) not in the order they appeared on albums.

3: Dylan year by year    This is a series of short articles on each year in turn, pulling together all of Dylan’s songwriting activity for that year in order to help understand the progression of Dylan’s work through his life.   The index to this recently started series is here

4:  Most recent posts

From the Chronology series

Elsewhere

5:   The Discussion Group    We now have a discussion group “Untold Dylan” on Facebook.  Just type the phrase “Untold Dylan” in, on your Facebook page or go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/254617038225146/

6:  Other stuff.  You might also like How Dylan writes songs, and other articles.    And please do note   The Bob Dylan Project, which lists every Dylan song in alphabetical order, and has links to licensed recordings and performances by Dylan and by other artists, is starting to link back to our reviews.

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. Ain’t gonna go to hell for anybody
  4. Alberta (1 and 2)
  5. Almost Done (Angel of Rain)
  6. All along the watch tower
  7. All I really want to do
  8. All the tired horses
  9. Angelina
  10. Are you ready?
  11. As I went out one morning
  12. Baby Please Don’t Go
  13. Baby Stop Crying
  14. Ballad for a friend
  15. Ballad of a thin man
  16. The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest,
  17. Ballad of Hollis Brown
  18. Beyond here lies nothing
  19. Ballad in Plain D
  20. Billy 1, 4, and 7 and the Main title theme – Billy the Kid
  21. Blind Willie McTell
  22. Black Crow Blues
  23. Black Diamond Bay – original 2013 review
  24. Black Diamond Bay – alternative 2016 review
  25. Blessed is the name of the lord
  26. Blowing in the wind 
  27. Bob Dylan’s Dream
  28. Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream
  29. Boots of Spanish Leather
  30. Born in Time
  31. Brownsville Girl
  32. Call Letter Blues
  33. Can you please crawl out your window?
  34. Can’t Wait
  35. Caribbean Wind
  36. Cat’s in the Well
  37. Changing of the Guards
  38. Changing of the Guards and the Tarot
  39. Chimes of Freedom
  40. City of Gold
  41. Clean Cut Kid
  42. Cold Irons Bound 
  43. Coming from the Heart (with Helena Springs)
  44. Corrina Corrina
  45. Covenant Woman
  46. Cover Down
  47. Country Pie
  48. Dark Eyes
  49. Day of the locusts
  50. Dead Man, Dead Man.
  51. Dear Landlord
  52. Desolation Row
  53. Dignity
  54. Dirge
  55. Dirt Road Blues
  56. Dirty Lie
  57. Disease of Conceit
  58. Do right to me baby
  59. Don’t ever take yourself away
  60. Don’t fall apart on me tonight
  61. Don’t Take Everybody to be your friend
  62. Don’t think twice
  63. Down along the cove
  64. Down the Highway
  65. Drifter’s Escape
  66. Drifting too far from shore
  67. Duquesne Whistle
  68. Early Roman Kings
  69. Emotionally yours
  70. Eternal Circle
  71. Every grain of Sand
  72. Everything is broken
  73. Farewell Angelina
  74. Father of night
  75. Floater (Too much to ask)
  76. Foot of Pride
  77. Forever Young – Tony’s review
  78. Forever Young – Dearbhla’s thoughts
  79. Fourth Time Around
  80. Gates of Eden
  81. Girl from the North Country
  82. George Jackson
  83. Go Way Little Boy
  84. Going Going Gone
  85. Golden Loom
  86. Gonna Change my Way of Thinking
  87. Got My Mind Made Up
  88. Gotta Serve Somebody
  89. Gypsy Lou
  90. Handle with care
  91. Handy Dandy
  92. Hard Rain’s a gonna fall
  93. Hard times in New York Town
  94. Hazel
  95. Heart of Mine
  96. Hero Blues
  97. High Water (for Charley Patton)
  98. Highlands
  99. Highway 61 Revisited
  100. Honest with Me
  101. Howlin at your window.
  102. Hurricane
  103. I am a lonesome hobo
  104. I and I
  105. I believe in you
  106. I don’t believe you (She acts like we never have met)
  107. I dreamed I saw St Augustine
  108. I’ll remember you
  109. I must love you too much
  110. I once new a man
  111. I pity the poor immigrant 
  112. I shall be free number 10.
  113. I shall be released
  114. I threw it all away
  115. I wanna be your lover
  116. I want you
  117. I will love Him
  118. If I was a king
  119. I’ll keep it with mine
  120. Idiot Wind
  121. If dogs run free
  122. If not for you
  123. If you ever go to Houston
  124. If you gotta go, go now
  125. If you see her say hello
  126. I’ll be your baby tonight (original) I’ll be your baby tonight (second thoughts)
  127. I’m not there
  128. In the garden
  129. In the summertime
  130. Is your love in vain?
  131. Isis
  132. It ain’t me babe
  133. It takes a lot to laugh
  134. It’s all good
  135. It’s all over now baby blue
  136. It’s all right ma – 2015 review.
  137. It’s all right ma – 2013 review
  138. I want you
  139. Jesus is the one
  140. Joey
  141. John Brown
  142. John Wesley Harding
  143. Jokerman
  144. Jolene
  145. Just like a woman
  146. Just like Tom Thumb’s Blues
  147. Kingsport Town
  148. Knocking on heaven’s door
  149. Lay Down Your Weary Tune
  150. Lay Lady Lay
  151. Legionnaire’s Disease
  152. Lenny Bruce is Dead
  153. Leopard skin pill-box hat
  154. Let me die in my footsteps
  155. Let’s keep it between us
  156. License to kill
  157. Like a Rolling Stone
  158. Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts
  159. Living the blues
  160. Long and Wasted Years
  161. Love Minus Zero
  162. Love Rescue Me
  163. Love Sick
  164. Maybe someday
  165. Maggie’s Farm
  166. Make you feel my love
  167. Mama you been on my mind
  168. Man Gave Names to all the Animals
  169. Man of Peace
  170. Man in the Long Black Coat
  171. Man on the Street:
  172. Marchin to the city
  173. Masters of War
  174. Meet me in the Morning
  175. Million dollar bash
  176. Million Miles
  177. Mississippi (Tell Tale Signs) – reworked March 2015
  178. More than Flesh and Blood (with a transcription of the lyrics)
  179. Most likely you go your way and I’ll go mine
  180. Most of the time
  181. Motorpsycho nightmare
  182. Mozambique
  183. Mr Tambourine Man
  184. My back pages
  185. My wife’s home town
  186. Narrow Way
  187. Need a woman
  188. Neighbourhood Bully
  189. Never gonna be the same again
  190. Never Say Goodbye
  191. New Dansville Girl
  192. New Morning
  193. New Pony
  194. Ninety miles an hour down a dead end street
  195. No man righteous
  196. Nobody Cept You
  197. North Country Blues
  198. No time to think
  199. Not Dark Yet – latest revision August 2016
  200. Not Dark Yet as poetry
  201. Obviously Five Believers
  202. Oh, Sister
  203. On a night like this
  204. On the road again
  205. On the Road Again as part of a sequence of songs,
  206. One more cup of coffee
  207. One more night
  208. One more weekend
  209. One of us must know
  210. One too many mornings
  211. Only a hobo
  212. Only a pawn in their game
  213. Outlaw Blues,
  214. Oxford Town
  215. Paths of Victory.
  216. Pay in Blood
  217. Peggy Day
  218. Percy’s Song
  219. Pledging my Time
  220. Political World
  221. Positively Fourth Street – updated and expanded September 2014
  222. Precious Angel
  223. Pressing on
  224. Property of Jesus
  225. Queen Jane Approximately
  226. Quinn the Eskimo – The Mighty Quinn
  227. Quit your Lowdown Ways
  228. Rainy Day Women
  229. Ramblin Gamblin Willie
  230. Red River Shore
  231. Restless Farewell
  232. Ring Them Bells
  233. Rita May
  234. Rock em dead
  235. Rollin and Tumblin
  236. Romance in Durango
  237. Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands
  238. Sara
  239. Sarah Jane
  240. Saved
  241. Saving Grace
  242. See that my grave is kept clean
  243. Seeing the real you at last
  244. Señor,(Tales of Yankee Power) 
  245. Series of Dreams
  246. Seven Curses
  247. Seven Days
  248. Shake
  249. She Belongs to Me
  250. She’s your lover now
  251. Shelter from the storm
  252. Shooting Star
  253. Shooting Star and Jimi Hendrix
  254. Shot of Love
  255. Sign Language
  256. Sign on the cross
  257. Sign on the window
  258. Silvio
  259. Simple Twist of Fate
  260. Slow Train
  261. Solid Rock
  262. Someday Baby – Modern Times
  263. Someday Baby – Tell Tale Signs
  264. Someone’s got a hold of my heart
  265. Something there is about you.
  266. Something’s burning baby
  267. Soon After Midnight
  268. Spanish Harlem Incident
  269. Spirit on the water:
  270. Standing in the doorway
  271. Standing on the highway
  272. Stop now
  273. Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again
  274. Subterranean Homesick Blues – updated March 2015
  275. Summer Days (“Love and Theft”)
  276. Sweetheart like you
  277. Talking Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues.
  278. Talkin Hava Negeilah blues
  279. Talkin’ John Birch Society Blues (Paranoid Blues)
  280. Talkin’ World War III Blues
  281. Tangled up in blue
  282. Tears of Rage
  283. Tell me it isn’t true
  284. Tell me 
  285. Tell Ol’ Bill
  286. Temporary Like Achilles
  287. “The Groom’s Still Waiting at the Alter”.
  288. The Levee’s Gonna Break
  289. The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll
  290. The Man in Me
  291. The Times they are a-Changing
  292. The Wandering Kind
  293. The Wicked Messenger
  294. Thief on the cross
  295. Things have changed – review revised and extended 2016
  296. This Dream of You
  297. This Wheel’s on Fire
  298. Three Angels
  299. Time to end this Masquerade
  300. Trouble in Mind
  301. Thunder on the Mountain
  302. Tight Connection to my heart
  303. Til I fell in love with you
  304. Time passes slowly  – revised 30 August 2015.
  305. Tiny Montgomery 
  306. To be alone with you
  307. To fall in love with you
  308. To Ramona
  309. Tombstone Blues
  310. Tomorrow is a long time
  311. Tonight I’ll be Staying Here With You
  312. Too Much of Nothing – revised 4 October 2016
  313. Tough Mama
  314. Tragedy of the Trade
  315. Trouble
  316. Trying to get to heaven
  317. True Love Tends to Forget
  318. Trust Yourself
  319. TV Talking Song
  320. Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum
  321. Under your spell
  322. Union Sundown
  323. Up to Me
  324. Visions of Johanna
  325. Waiting to get beat
  326. Walking Down the Line
  327. Whatcha Gonna Do? 
  328. Watching the river flow
  329. Watered down love
  330. We better Talk this Over
  331. Wedding song
  332. Well, well, well.
  333. Went to see the gypsy
  334. What can I do for You?
  335. What good am I?
  336. What was it you wanted?
  337. What’s going on here?
  338. When I paint my masterpiece
  339. When the night comes falling from the sky
  340. When the ship comes in
  341. When you gonna wake up?
  342. When He returns
  343. Where are you tonight?
  344. Where teardrops fall
  345. Where were you last night?
  346. Who killed Davey Moore?
  347. Who loves you more?
  348. Wiggle wiggle
  349. Wigwam and Woogie Boogie
  350. Winterlude
  351. With God on our Side
  352. Woogie Boogie and Wigwam
  353. Working Man’s Blues #2
  354. Ye shall be changed
  355. Yonder comes sin
  356. You ain’t going nowhere
  357. You Angel You
  358. You changed my life
  359. You took my breath away
  360. You wanna ramble
  361. You’re a big girl now
  362. 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

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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19 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.

  16. Rob Marenghi says:

    Hi guys, I love this site. If you or anyone else like early Bob/Nick Drake you may like my stuff. You can get a free song here – http://www.robmarenghi.com

    Best regards

    Rob

  17. TonyAttwood says:

    Well, Rob, I’ve restrained from making too much of my own music on this site, so I’m not sure, but since you have written in, I’ll let it go. But if other people start using the site to publicise their own music, what with me being all restrained about mine, I might just have to rethink. Tony

  18. Mr. Attwood, it seems that have you read NOTHING , absolutely NOTHING about Blonde on Blonde anf his symbloism. Oh, my god, neraly 51 years and you don´t nothing. (And I am not North Merican, I am from Spain, bet I Love Blonde on Blonde, and I have read many, many well informed comments about that masterpiece.
    Symbols: “mercury mouth”: “red mouth” and mercury is the refent planet of Gemini, the sign of Dylan. “Eyes like smoke”: “Sara had sad eyes, and off eyes (when the smoke eneters into your eues, don´t close your eyes? don´t seem that your eyes is half-closed?
    Mentions about MERCURY AND METAL: “Dylan always said that he wanted Blonde on Blonde would sounds like ” thin mercury” “like metal”, Mercury: Gemini regen planet, all the two mentions about “Metal” : “Sara was daughter of Isaac, “her father was born in Poland circa 1894 and became a US citizen in 1912. Isaac set up a scrap metal business at South Claymont Street”. And because Dylan says: your “sheet metal memories”, those are the memories of Sara´s chidhood.
    And I could go on explaining all the symbols, but really, I think that here, in Untold Dylan, it is not worth.
    Excuse me for my hard words, but I think that you are very, very WRONG, Toby Attwood. You are very lost in the knowledge of “Blonde on Blonde”

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