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Untold Dylan: Over 600 articles about Bob Dylan and his songs


In the past year this site has had

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There are now almost 450 song reviews on this site (scroll down to the foot of this page to see the list), along with around 150 other articles about the themes, influences and sources revealed in Bob Dylan’s work.  We also have a guide to the order in which songs were written, how one influenced another, and a series on Dylan’s creative processes.

The five most read articles on this site in the past 7 days (as of 17 October)

Today’s highlighted updates:

  • Poets and Themes within Bob Dylan’s work: links to around 100 articles that seek out the links between Bob Dylan and the poets and themes that have influenced him, indexed by the poets, primarily, but also with some links to themes.  Fully updated.
  • Bob Dylan’s Themes – the index which deals primarily with non-poetic themes and influences in Dylan’s work has also been updated.

The latest posts are…

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

In THEMES: (you also might find the Index to Poets and Themes interesting plus the Index to Themes, dealing with non-poetic themes in Dylan’s songs, both interesting.)


In CREATIVITY (An index of these articles appears here)

The CHRONOLOGY file is now complete:  (You might also like Bob Dylan year by year)

In DYLAN: THE LIGHTER SIDE:  (For more info on this aspect of the site please click here)


What is on the site

1: Over 400 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


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

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


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

  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.

  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.
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  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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