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 (plus a spot of guesswork along the way)

295 Dylan song reviews on the site, plus a growing collection of reflective articles.  We’ve had over 270,000 page views in the last year.  Thank you, everyone, for your interest in this venture.

Publisher’s Update: 29 August 2016

Recent Posts (the full list of songs reviewed is below)

The Discussion Group

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

The Chronology Files

There are reviews of Dylan’s compositions from all parts of his life, up to the most recent writings, but of late I have been trying to put these into chronological order, and fill in the gaps as I work.   Originally there was one file, but this got so large I am now breaking it down into decades.

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 fall apart on me tonight
  48. Don’t Take Everybody to be your friend
  49. Don’t think twice
  50. Down along the cove
  51. Down the Highway
  52. Drifter’s Escape
  53. Duquesne Whistle
  54. Early Roman Kings
  55. Eternal Circle
  56. Every grain of Sand
  57. Everything is broken
  58. Farewell Angelina
  59. Father of night
  60. Floater (Too much to ask)
  61. Foot of Pride
  62. Forever Young – Tony’s review
  63. Forever Young – Dearbhla’s thoughts
  64. Fourth Time Around
  65. Gates of Eden
  66. Girl from the North Country
  67. George Jackson
  68. Going Going Gone
  69. Golden Loom
  70. Gonna Change my Way of Thinking
  71. Gotta Serve Somebody
  72. Gypsy Lou
  73. Handle with care
  74. Hard Rain’s a gonna fall
  75. Hazel
  76. Heart of Mine
  77. High Water (for Charley Patton)
  78. Highlands
  79. Highway 61 Revisited
  80. Honest with Me
  81. Hurricane
  82. I am a lonesome hobo
  83. I believe in you
  84. I don’t believe you (She acts like we never have met)
  85. I dreamed I saw St Augustine
  86. I must love you too much
  87. I pity the poor immigrant 
  88. I shall be free number 10.
  89. I shall be released
  90. I threw it all away
  91. I wanna be your lover
  92. I want you
  93. If I was a king
  94. I’ll keep it with mine
  95. Idiot Wind
  96. If dogs run free
  97. If not for you
  98. If you ever go to Houston
  99. If you gotta go, go now
  100. If you see her say hello
  101. I’ll be your baby tonight (original) I’ll be your baby tonight (second thoughts)
  102. I’m not there
  103. Is your love in vain?
  104. Isis
  105. It ain’t me babe
  106. It takes a lot to laugh
  107. It’s all good
  108. It’s all over now baby blue
  109. It’s all right ma – 2015 review.
  110. It’s all right ma – 2013 review
  111. I want you
  112. Joey
  113. John Brown
  114. John Wesley Harding
  115. Jokerman
  116. Jolene
  117. Just like a woman
  118. Just like Tom Thumb’s Blues
  119. Knocking on heaven’s door
  120. Lay Down Your Weary Tune
  121. Lay Lady Lay
  122. Legionnaire’s Disease
  123. Lenny Bruce is Dead
  124. Leopard skin pill-box hat
  125. Like a Rolling Stone
  126. Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts
  127. Living the blues
  128. Long and Wasted Years
  129. Love Minus Zero
  130. Love Rescue Me
  131. Love Sick
  132. Maybe someday
  133. Maggie’s Farm
  134. Make you feel my love
  135. Mama you been on my mind
  136. Man Gave Names to all the Animals
  137. Man of Peace
  138. Man in the Long Black Coat
  139. Marchin to the city
  140. Masters of War
  141. Meet me in the Morning
  142. Million dollar bash
  143. Million Miles
  144. Mississippi (Tell Tale Signs) – reworked March 2015
  145. More than Flesh and Blood (with a transcription of the lyrics)
  146. Most likely you go your way and I’ll go mine
  147. Most of the time
  148. Motorpsycho nightmare
  149. Mozambique
  150. Mr Tambourine Man
  151. My back pages
  152. My wife’s home town
  153. Narrow Way
  154. Neighbourhood Bully
  155. Never Say Goodbye
  156. New Morning
  157. New Pony
  158. Ninety miles an hour down a dead end street
  159. No man righteous
  160. Nobody Cept You
  161. North Country Blues
  162. No time to think
  163. Not Dark Yet
  164. Not Dark Yet as poetry
  165. Obviously Five Believers
  166. Oh, Sister
  167. On a night like this
  168. On the road again
  169. On the Road Again as part of a sequence of songs,
  170. One more cup of coffee
  171. One more night
  172. One more weekend
  173. One of us must know
  174. One too many mornings
  175. Only a pawn in their game
  176. Outlaw Blues,
  177. Oxford Town
  178. Pay in Blood
  179. Percy’s Song
  180. Pledging my Time
  181. Political World
  182. Positively Fourth Street – updated and expanded September 2014
  183. Precious Angel
  184. Property of Jesus
  185. Queen Jane Approximately
  186. Quinn the Eskimo – The Mighty Quinn
  187. Rainy Day Women
  188. Red River Shore
  189. Restless Farewell
  190. Ring Them Bells
  191. Rita May
  192. Rollin and Tumblin
  193. Romance in Durango
  194. Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands
  195. Sara
  196. Sarah Jane
  197. Saved
  198. See that my grave is kept clean
  199. Seeing the real you at last
  200. Señor,(Tales of Yankee Power) 
  201. Series of Dreams
  202. Seven Curses
  203. Seven Days
  204. She Belongs to Me
  205. She’s your lover now
  206. Shelter from the storm
  207. Shooting Star
  208. Shooting Star and Jimi Hendrix
  209. Shot of Love
  210. Sign Language
  211. Sign on the cross
  212. Sign on the window
  213. Silvio
  214. Simple Twist of Fate
  215. Slow Train
  216. Someday Baby – Modern Times
  217. Someday Baby – Tell Tale Signs
  218. Something there is about you.
  219. Something’s burning baby
  220. Soon After Midnight
  221. Spanish Harlem Incident
  222. Standing in the doorway
  223. Standing on the highway
  224. Stop now
  225. Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again
  226. Subterranean Homesick Blues – updated March 2015
  227. Summer Days (“Love and Theft”)
  228. Talkin’ John Birch Society Blues (Paranoid Blues)
  229. Talkin’ World War III Blues
  230. Tangled up in blue
  231. Tears of Rage
  232. Tell me it isn’t true
  233. Tell Ol’ Bill
  234. Temporary Like Achilles
  235. “The Groom’s Still Waiting at the Alter”.
  236. The Levee’s Gonna Break
  237. The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll
  238. The Man in Me
  239. The Times they are a-Changing
  240. The Wandering Kind
  241. The Wicked Messenger
  242. Things have changed
  243. This Dream of You
  244. This Wheel’s on Fire
  245. Three Angels
  246. Trouble in Mind
  247. Thunder on the Mountain
  248. Tight Connection to my heart
  249. Til I fell in love with you
  250. Time passes slowly  – revised 30 August 2015.
  251. Tiny Montgomery 
  252. To be alone with you
  253. To fall in love with you
  254. To Ramona
  255. Tombstone Blues
  256. Tomorrow is a long time
  257. Tonight I’ll be Staying Here With You
  258. Too Much of Nothing
  259. Tough Mama
  260. Trouble
  261. Trying to get to heaven
  262. True Love Tends to Forget
  263. TV Talking Song
  264. Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum
  265. Union Sundown
  266. Up to Me
  267. Visions of Johanna
  268. Watching the river flow
  269. We better Talk this Over
  270. Wedding song
  271. Went to see the gypsy
  272. What good am I?
  273. What was it you wanted?
  274. What’s going on here?
  275. When I paint my masterpiece
  276. When the night comes falling from the sky
  277. When the ship comes in
  278. When you gonna wake up?
  279. When He returns
  280. Where are you tonight?
  281. Where teardrops fall
  282. Where were you last night?
  283. Who killed Davey Moore?
  284. Wiggle wiggle
  285. Wigwam and Woogie Boogie
  286. Winterlude
  287. With God on our Side
  288. Woogie Boogie and Wigwam
  289. Working Man’s Blues #2
  290. Ye shall be changed
  291. You ain’t going nowhere
  292. You Angel You
  293. You wanna ramble
  294. You’re a big girl now
  295. 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


About the author: TonyAttwood.info


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.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *