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



Untold Dylan: Over 750 articles about Bob Dylan including

getting very close to 500 song reviews. 

I have started a new series of review updates, including, where possible noting recordings on line to illustrate the point being made.  You’ll find the latest updates a little way below.

Also if you scroll down to the foot of this page you will find a list of all the songs reviewed on this site.  The pages listed under the picture above take you to other indexes or articles and reviews.


RECENT REVIEWS: (all songs reviewed are listed in alphabetical order further down the page.)


BOB DYLAN’S SOURCES OF INSPIRATION (there is an index of this subject in Bob Dylan’s Themes  and in Poets within Bob Dylan’s work)

BOB DYLAN AND RELIGION – as above see also the index pages Bob Dylan’s Themes  and in Poets within Bob Dylan’s work

LATEST UPDATED REVIEWS.  These are reviews either with an extra link to a recording to illustrate a point, or additional information, or both.


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The CHRONOLOGY files  


Complete song review index in alphabetical order

  1. 2×2 (See also Dylan On Dylan)
  2. 10,000 men
  3. Abandoned Love
  4. Absolutely Sweet Marie   (See also Bob Dylan meet Mr Freud and Owed to Bobby Allen)
  5. Ain’t gonna grieve.  
  6. Ain’t gonna go to hell for anybody
  7. Ain’t talkin’ 
  8. Alberta (1 and 2)
  9. Almost Done (Angel of Rain)
  10. All along the watch tower
  11. All I really want to do
  12. All over you
  13. All the tired horses
  14. All you have to do is dream
  15. Angelina
  16. Angelina: the alternative view
  17. Apple Suckling Tree
  18. Are you ready?
  19. As I went out one morning
  20. Baby I’m in the mood for you
  21. Baby Please Don’t Go
  22. Baby Stop Crying
  23. Baby won’t you be my baby
  24. Ballad for a friend
  25. Ballad of a thin man  (See also Bob Dylan meet Mr Freud)
  26. The Ballad of Donald White
  27. The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest,
  28. Ballad of Hollis Brown
  29. Beyond here lies nothing
  30. Beyond the Horizon
  31. Ballad in Plain D
  32. Band of the Hand (It’s hell time man)
  33. Billy 1, 4, and 7 and the Main title theme – Billy the Kid
  34. Blind Willie McTell   See also The Arrows They Are A-flying
  35. Black Crow Blues
  36. Black Diamond Bay – original 2013 review
  37. Black Diamond Bay – alternative 2016 review
  38. Blessed is the name of the lord
  39. Blowing in the wind 
  40. Bob Dylan’s Blues 
  41. Bob Dylan’s Dream
  42. Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream  See also La Mancha Is Blowing In The Wind
  43. Boots of Spanish Leather
  44. Born in Time
  45. Brownsville Girl
  46. Buckets of Rain  See also “Figurative Language in Blood on the Tracks”
  47. Bye and bye
  48. California
  49. Call Letter Blues
  50. Can you please crawl out your window?
  51. Can’t escape from you
  52. Can’t Wait  See also Bob Dylan Paints his Masterpiece
  53. Caribbean Wind
  54. Cat’s in the Well  See also Shakespeare’s In The Well
  55. Changing of the Guards
  56. Changing of the Guards and the Tarot
  57. Chimes of Freedom   See also The Arrows They Are A-flying and The Bobby Horror Picture Show
  58. City of Gold
  59. Clean Cut Kid
  60. Clothes Line Saga   See also The Libel Case Of “Bob Dylan vs Bobbie Gentry” Settles Out Of Court
  61. Clothes line saga
  62. Cold Irons Bound   See also Bob Dylan Paints his Masterpiece
  63. Coming from the Heart (with Helena Springs)
  64. Congratulations
  65. Cool Dry Place
  66. Corrina Corrina
  67. Covenant Woman
  68. Cover Down
  69. Crash on the Levee (Down in the Flood)
  70. Cross the Green Mountain
  71. Cry a while
  72. Country Pie  See also Shakespeare’s In The Well  and also Bob Dylan meet Mr Freud
  73. Cuban Missile Crisis
  74. Dark Eyes
  75. Day of the locusts
  76. Dead Man, Dead Man.
  77. Dear Landlord
  78. Death of Emmett Till
  79. Death is not the end
  80. Definitively Van Gough
  81. Denise Denise
  82. Desolation Row Revisited: (2018 review) – and see also Bob Dylan and Tennessee Williams: there is no escape
  83. Desolation Row – the original review  See also Bob Dylan Under the Big Top  and also The Ghosts Of Electricity  and also See also Fighting in the captain’s tower and The Bobby Horror Picture Show
  84. The Devil’s been busy.
  85. Dignity
  86. Dirge
  87. Dirt Road Blues  See also Bob Dylan Paints his Masterpiece
  88. Dirty Lie
  89. Dirty World
  90. Disease of Conceit
  91. Do right to me baby
  92. Don’t ever take yourself away
  93. Don’t fall apart on me tonight
  94. Don’t Take Everybody to be your friend
  95. Don’t tell him. 
  96. Don’t think twice
  97. Don’t ya tell Henry
  98. Down along the cove
  99. Down in the Flood (Crash on the levee)
  100. Down the Highway
  101. Dreamin of You
  102. Dress it up, Better have it all: Dylan’s incomprehensible song transcribed.
  103. Drifter’s Escape
  104. Drifting too far from shore
  105. Duquesne Whistle
  106. Early Roman Kings
  107. Emotionally yours
  108. Eternal Circle
  109. Every grain of Sand  See also Bob Dylan Has His Blake And Keats It Too
  110. Everything is broken
  111. Farewell
  112. Farewell Angelina
  113. Father of night
  114. Floater (Too much to ask)
  115. Foot of Pride
  116. Forever Young – Tony’s review    See also Blake, Keats, And Spots Of Ink: Spinning Reels Of Rhyme
  117. Forever Young – Dearbhla’s thoughts
  118. Forgetful Heart
  119. Fourth Time Around
  120. From a Buick 6
  121. Gates of Eden
  122. Get your rocks off: the origins, the meanings and the future of Bob Dylan’s song
  123. Girl from the North Country
  124. George Jackson
  125. Going back to Rome
  126. Go Way Little Boy
  127. God Knows
  128. Going Going Gone
  129. Golden Loom
  130. Gonna Change my Way of Thinking
  131. Got My Mind Made Up  See also The Libel Case Of “Bob Dylan vs Bobbie Gentry” Settles Out Of Court
  132. Gotta Serve Somebody
  133. Gypsy Lou
  134. Had a dream about you baby
  135. Handle with care
  136. Handy Dandy  see also Shakespeare’s In The Well 
  137. Hard Rain’s a gonna fall  See also The Bobby Horror Picture Show and Bob Dylan Under the Big Top
  138. Hard times in New York Town
  139. Hazel
  140. Heading for the Light
  141. Heart of Mine
  142. Heartland 
  143. Hero Blues
  144. High Water (for Charley Patton)
  145. Highlands   See also The Arrows They Are A-flying and Bob Dylan Paints his Masterpiece
  146. Highway 61 Revisited
  147. Honest with Me
  148. Honey just allow me one more chance
  149.  Huck’s Tune / When the deal goes down
  150. Howlin at your window.
  151. Hurricane
  152. I am a lonesome hobo
  153. I and I   See also The Stranger In Bob Dylan’s ‘I And I’
  154. I and I / Bob Dylan – an alternative vision
  155. I believe in you
  156. I can’t leave her behind
  157. I don’t believe you (She acts like we never have met)
  158. I don’t want to do it
  159. I dreamed I saw St Augustine  See also Deadwood and Deadman
  160. I feel a change coming on
  161. I must love you too much  See also Bob Dylan Has His Blake And Keats It Too
  162. I once new a man
  163. I pity the poor immigrant 
  164. I shall be free
  165. I shall be free number 10.
  166. I shall be released
  167. I threw it all away  See also The Libel Case Of “Bob Dylan vs Bobbie Gentry” Settles Out Of Court
  168. I wanna be your lover
  169. I want you
  170. I will love Him
  171. I’d hate to be you on that dreadful day
  172. I’d have you anytime
  173. I’m your teenage prayer
  174. Inside Out
  175. If I was a king
  176. If you belonged to me (With the Wilburys)
  177. If you want my love
  178. I’ll remember you
  179. I’ll keep it with mine
  180. Idiot Wind  See also “Figurative Language in Blood on the Tracks”
  181. If dogs run free
  182. If not for you
  183. If you ever go to Houston
  184. If you gotta go, go now
  185. If you see her say hello
  186. I’ll be your baby tonight (original) I’ll be your baby tonight (second thoughts)
  187. I’m alright
  188. I’m not there
  189. In the garden
  190. In the summertime
  191. Is your love in vain?
  192. Isis
  193. It ain’t me babe
  194. It takes a lot to laugh
  195. It’s all good
  196. It’s all over now baby blue
  197. It’s all right ma – 2015 review.
  198. It’s all right ma – 2013 review
  199. I want you
  200. Jesus is the one
  201. Jet Pilot
  202. Joey
  203. John Brown
  204. John Wesley Harding   See also Deadwood and Deadman
  205. Jokerman
  206. Jolene
  207. Julius and Ethel
  208. Just like a woman
  209. Just like Tom Thumb’s Blues
  210. Kingsport Town
  211. Knocking on heaven’s door  See also Bob Dylan Paints his Masterpiece
  212. Last night
  213. Lay Down Your Weary Tune   See also My Ruth’s in the Highlands”
  214. Lay Lady Lay
  215. Legionnaire’s Disease
  216. Lenny Bruce is Dead
  217. Leopard skin pill-box hat
  218. Let me die in my footsteps
  219. Let’s keep it between us
  220. License to kill
  221. Life is hard
  222. Like a Rolling Stone  See also Bob Dylan Under the Big Top
  223. Like a Ship
  224. Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts    See also The Ghosts Of Electricity: Bob Dylan And Symbolism.  And also Source Of Lily, Rosemary, And The Jack Of Hearts (Part III) and there again Lily O’Valley, Mary Magdalena, and The Jehovah of Hearts: Bob Dylan mixes up the medicine
  225. Living the blues
  226. Lo and behold
  227. Lonesome Day Blues
  228. Long Ago Far Away
  229. Long and Wasted Years
  230. Long distance operator
  231. Lord protect my child   See also The Arrows They Are A-flying and also Blake, Keats, And Spots Of Ink: Spinning Reels Of Rhyme and Bob Dylan Has His Blake 
  232. Long Time Gone
  233. Love is just a four letter word
  234. Love Minus Zero  See also La Mancha Is Blowing In The Wind and The Bobby Horror Picture Show
  235. Love Rescue Me
  236. Love Sick
  237. Making a liar out of me
  238. Maybe someday
  239. Maggie’s Farm
  240. Make you feel my love
  241. Mama you been on my mind
  242. Man Gave Names to all the Animals
  243. Man of Peace
  244. Man in the Long Black Coat
  245. Man on the Street
  246. Marchin to the city
  247. Masters of War
  248. Medicine Sunday
  249. Meet me in the Morning  See also “Figurative Language in Blood on the Tracks”
  250. Million dollar bash
  251. Million Miles
  252. Minstrel Boy
  253. Mississippi (Tell Tale Signs) – reworked March 2015
  254. Mixed up confusion
  255. Moonlight:   See also My Ruth’s in the Highlands”
  256. More than Flesh and Blood (with a transcription of the lyrics)
  257. Most likely you go your way and I’ll go mine
  258. Most of the time
  259. Motorpsycho nightmare
  260. Mozambique
  261. Mr Tambourine Man  – the original review
  262. Mr Tambourine Man: the origins, the music, the meaning, the death knell.   For other comments see also Bob Dylan Under the Big Top and La Mancha Is Blowing In The Wind and The Bobby Horror Picture Show
  263. My back pages     See also  Bob Dylan’s “My Back Pages”. He was so much older then.
  264. My wife’s home town
  265. Narrow Way
  266. Need a woman
  267. Neighbourhood Bully
  268.  “Neighbourhood Bully: the heart of the matter”
  269. Nettie Moore
  270. Never gonna be the same again
  271. Never Say Goodbye
  272. New Dansville Girl
  273. New Blue Moon
  274. New Morning
  275. New Orleans Rag (also known as Bob Dylan’s New Orleans Rag)
  276. New Pony
  277. Ninety miles an hour down a dead end street
  278. No man righteous
  279. Nobody Cept You  See also Blake, Keats, And Spots Of Ink: Spinning Reels Of Rhyme and Bob Dylan Has His Blake And Keats It Too
  280. North Country Blues
  281. Nothing was delivered 
  282. No time to think
  283. Not Dark Yet – latest revision August 2016   See also Blake, Keats, And Spots Of Ink: Spinning Reels Of Rhyme   and also Billy, Mistress Mary, And The Queen Of Hues: The Mystery Of W.H., Solved!
  284. Not Dark Yet as poetry
  285. Obviously Five Believers  See also Bob Dylan Under the Big Top
  286. Odds and Ends
  287. Oh, Sister
  288. On a night like this
  289. On a rainy afternoon
  290. On the road again
  291. On the Road Again as part of a sequence of songs,
  292. One for the road
  293. One more cup of coffee
  294. One more night
  295. One more weekend
  296. One of us must know
  297. One too many mornings
  298. Only a hobo
  299. Only a pawn in their game
  300. Open the Door Homer  See also Listen To The Dylanesque Whistle Blowing
  301. Outlaw Blues,   See also Bob Dylan alias the outlaw.
  302. Oxford Town
  303. Paths of Victory
  304. “Patty’s gone to Laredo”: The torment Bob Dylan gives us poor fans
  305. Pay in Blood
  306. Peggy Day
  307. Percy’s Song
  308. Pledging my Time
  309. Please Mrs Henry   (See also Bob Dylan meet Mr Freud)
  310. Po Boy: a walk through the heritage of American culture with Bob Dylan
  311. Poor Boy Blues
  312. Political World
  313. Poor House
  314. Positively Fourth Street – See also Billy, Mistress Mary, And The Queen Of Hues: The Mystery Of W.H., Solved!
  315. Precious Angel
  316. Pressing on
  317. Property of Jesus
  318. Queen Jane Approximately  See also Bob Dylan Under the Big Top
  319. Quinn the Eskimo – The Mighty Quinn
  320. Quit your Lowdown Ways
  321. Rainy Day Women
  322. Ramblin Down Thru the World
  323. Ramblin Gamblin Willie
  324. Red River Shore
  325. Restless Farewell   See also The Arrows They Are A-flying
  326. Ring Them Bells
  327. Rita May
  328. Rock em dead
  329. Rocks and Gravel
  330. Roll on John See also The Arrows They Are A-flying and Bob Dylan Has His Blake 
  331. Rollin and Tumblin
  332. Rollin’ and tumblin’ / Someday Baby:  Bob Dylan and how women always will get in the way
  333. Romance in Durango
  334. Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands  See also Bob Dylan Paints his Masterpiece
  335. Sara
  336. Sarah Jane
  337. Sante Fe
  338. Saved
  339. Saving Grace
  340. Scarlet Town.  See also Shakespeare’s In The Well and also Billy, Mistress Mary, And The Queen Of Hues: The Mystery Of W.H., Solved!and Dylan On Dylan
  341. See that my grave is kept clean
  342. Seeing the real you at last
  343. Señor,(Tales of Yankee Power) 
  344. Series of Dreams
  345. Seven Curses
  346. Seven Days
  347. Seven Deadly Sins
  348. Shake
  349. Shake Shake Mama
  350. She Belongs to Me  see also The Libel Case Of “Bob Dylan vs Bobbie Gentry” Settles Out Of Court
  351. She’s my baby
  352. She’s your lover now
  353. Shelter from the storm  See also “Figurative Language in Blood on the Tracks”
  354. Shooting Star
  355. Shooting Star and Jimi Hendrix
  356. Shot of Love
  357. Sign Language
  358. Sign on the cross
  359. Sign on the window
  360. Silent Weekend
  361. Silvio
  362. Simple Twist of Fate  See also “Figurative Language in Blood on the Tracks”  and also Blake, Keats, And Spots Of Ink and Bob Dylan Has His Blake 
  363. Sitting on a barbed wire fence
  364. Slow Train
  365. Solid Rock
  366. Someday Baby – Modern Times
  367. Someday Baby – Tell Tale Signs
  368. Someday Baby / Rollin’ and tumblin’ / Bob Dylan and how women always will get in the way
  369. Someone’s got a hold of my heart
  370. Something there is about you.  See also My Ruth’s in the Highlands”
  371. Something’s burning baby
  372. Song to Woodie
  373. Soon After Midnight
  374. Spanish Harlem Incident
  375. Spirit on the water:
  376. Standing in the doorway  See also Bob Dylan Paints his Masterpiece
  377. Standing on the highway
  378. Stop now
  379. Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again   See also My Ruth’s in the Highlands”   And also Billy, Mistress Mary, And The Queen Of Hues: The Mystery Of W.H., Solved!
  380. Subterranean Homesick Blues – updated March 2015.  See also Fighting in the captain’s tower
  381. Sugar Baby
  382. Summer Days (“Love and Theft”)
  383. Sweetheart like you
  384. Talking Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues.  See also La Mancha Is Blowing In The Wind
  385. Talkin Devil 
  386. Talkin Hava Negeilah blues
  387. Talkin’ John Birch Society Blues (Paranoid Blues)
  388. Talkin New York 
  389. Talkin’ World War III Blues
  390. Tangled up in blue   “Figurative Language in Blood on the Tracks”  and also  The Ghosts Of Electricity: Bob Dylan And Symbolism
  391. Tangled Up in Blue: the “Real Live” version
  392. Tears of Rage
  393. Tell me 
  394. Tell Me Momma
  395. Tell me it isn’t true
  396. Tell Ol’ Bill   See also Blake, Keats, And Spots Of Ink: Spinning Reels Of Rhyme
  397. Tell Ol Bill: roots in a blues ballad, rhymes from the Romantic poets
  398. Tempest    See also Fighting in the captain’s tower  and Deadwood and Deadman
  399. Temporary Like Achilles
  400. “The Groom’s Still Waiting at the Alter”.
  401. The Levee’s Gonna Break
  402. The Levee’s Gonna Break / Rain on Love. Reconsidering Dylan’s song.
  403. The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll
  404. The Man in Me
  405. The Times they are a-Changing
  406. The Wandering Kind
  407. The Wicked Messenger  See also The Tale Of The Wicked Messenger And The Faithful Servant
  408. Thief on the cross
  409. Things have changed – review revised and extended 2016
  410. This Dream of You
  411. This Wheel’s on Fire
  412. Three Angels
  413. Thunder on the Mountain
  414. Thunder on the Mountain: It’s a cruel world in Bob Dylan’s song.
  415. Time to end this Masquerade
  416. Trouble in Mind
  417. Tight Connection to my heart
  418. Til I fell in love with you
  419. Time passes slowly  – revised 30 August 2015.
  420. Tin Angel
  421. Tiny Montgomery 
  422. To be alone with you
  423. To fall in love with you
  424. To Ramona
  425. Tombstone Blues  See also La Mancha Is Blowing In The Wind
  426. Tomorrow is a long time
  427. Tonight I’ll be Staying Here With You
  428. Too Much of Nothing – revised 4 October 2016
  429. Tough Mama
  430. Tragedy of the Trade
  431. Train a Travellin. 
  432. Trouble
  433. Troubled and I Don’t Know Why
  434. Trying to get to heaven  See also Bob Dylan Paints his Masterpiece
  435. True Love Tends to Forget
  436. Trust Yourself
  437. TV Talking Song
  438. Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum
  439. Tweeter and the Monkey Man
  440. Unbelievable  See also Bob Dylan Has His Blake  and The Land Of Milk And Honey
  441. Under the red sky  See also Bob Dylan Has His Blake  and Dylan On Dylan
  442. Under your spell
  443. Union Sundown
  444. Up to Me
  445. Visions of Johanna: the original review: see also Bob Dylan And Bottichelli, DaVinci, Delacroix, Duchamp, Picasso, And Van Gogh
  446. Visions of Johanna: the Old Crow Medicine Show version
  447. Waiting for you
  448. Waiting to get beat
  449. Walking Down the Line
  450. Walls of Red Wing
  451. Wanted Man
  452. Whatcha Gonna Do? 
  453. Watching the river flow
  454. Watered down love
  455. We better Talk this Over
  456. Wedding song
  457. Well, well, well.
  458. Went to see the gypsy  See also Blake, Keats, And Spots Of Ink: Spinning Reels Of Rhyme
  459. What can I do for You?
  460. What good am I?
  461. What kind of friend is this?
  462. What was it you wanted?
  463. What’s going on here?
  464. When I paint my masterpiece
  465. When the night comes falling from the sky
  466. When the ship comes in
  467. When you gonna wake up?
  468. When He returns
  469. When the deal goes down
  470. When the deal goes down & Huck’s Tune/ Bob Dylan believes in God
  471. Where are you tonight?
  472. Where teardrops fall
  473. Where were you last night?
  474. Who killed Davey Moore?
  475. Who loves you more?
  476. Why do you have to be so frantic (Lunatic Princess).
  477. Wiggle wiggle
  478. Wigwam and Woogie Boogie
  479. Wilbury Twist
  480. Winterlude
  481. With God on our Side  See also The Tale Of The Wicked Messenger And The Faithful Servant
  482. Woogie Boogie and Wigwam
  483. Working Man’s Blues #2
  484. Workingman’s blues # 2 A very personal interpretation
  485. Ye Playboys and Playgirls
  486. Ye shall be changed
  487. Yonder comes sin
  488. You ain’t going nowhere
  489. You Angel You
  490. You changed my life
  491. You took my breath away
  492. You wanna ramble
  493. You’re a big girl now  See also “Figurative Language in Blood on the Tracks”
  494. You’re going to make me lonesome when you go  See also The Ghosts Of Electricity: Bob Dylan And Symbolism
  495. You’ve been hiding too long. 

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.

About the author: TonyAttwood.info

What is on the site

1: Over 450 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.  The chronology is more or less complete and is now linked to all the reviews on the site.  We have also recently started to produce overviews of Dylan’s work year by year.     The index to the chronologies is here.

3: Bob Dylan’s themes.  We publish a wide range of articles about Bob Dylan and his compositions.  There is an index here.  A second index lists the articles under the poets and poetic themes cited – you can find that here.

4:   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 follow this link 

5:  Bob Dylan’s creativity.   We’re fascinated in taking the study of Dylan’s creative approach further.  The index is in Dylan’s Creativity.

6: You might also like: A classification of Bob Dylan’s songs and partial Index to Dylan’s Best Opening Lines

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 would especially like to thank Pat Sludden for his tireless support and enthusiasm in keeping this project going, plus Larry Fyffe for the articles which take the whole site in new directions.

I am always happy to receive new material for the site and receive requests to look at specific songs from any era of Dylan’s writing – including looking again at songs already reviewed.   I love the challenge.   Email: Tony@schools.co.uk

Tony Attwood


23 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

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    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.

  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
    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!


  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


  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. Larry Fyffe says:

    Gives him a good rhyme and no more…obvious to some perhaps but not to me ..correct choice of words is extremely important to Dylan…and a rhyme can usually be found if needed….On the other extreme, there are those who are
    110 per cent so sure of their interpretation of what a Dylan song means that they twist and misconstrue the actual lyrics to such a degree as to be laughable in order to force-fit a wrong-headed idea into them.

  19. And another mistake: One More cup of Coffe is written (only, en solitario) by Bob Dylan, so the music as the words. Levy doesn´t appear NEVER.
    Your mistakes surprise too much to me.

  20. TonyAttwood says:

    Ines, if you are going to correct my mistakes that is fine – I always admit that I make them. But you might care to cite your sources. Heylin, whom I have often shown to be wrong by giving evidence of my own, writes thus about Romance…
    “According to Levy, the bulk of the Romance in Durango lyric is his…. When he presented the finished lyric to Dylan in the morning, it prompted a semi-serious retort from the main man, “I can’t leave you for a minute.” If he was annoyed, he didn’t let it affect his appreciation of the results.”

    Like I say, by all means correct my errors – I welcome that – but please provide a little evidence or details of your source material along the way.

  21. Chris Tillam says:

    Hey, Tony,
    love your work: just discovered the site, after a group of poetry readers I’m part of have nominated Dylan for this month’s reading.

    One of my choices for the reading is … “Song To Woody”.

    All the best

  22. TonyAttwood says:

    Chris, thank you so much for your kind comments. But yes, it seems at a quick glance Song to Woody is missing. How did I manage that?
    I will put matters right – hopefully today.

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