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

    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. 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”.
    No.302?

    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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