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

Over 280 Dylan song reviews on the site, plus a growing collection of reflective articles.  We’ve had over 260,000 page views in the last year.  Thank you, everyone, for your interest in this little venture.

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