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

 

 

Untold Dylan

 

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There are over 390 song reviews on this site, along with numerous other articles about the themes in Bob Dylan’s work plus the order in which songs were written, and how one influenced another.   The latest posts are…

In THEMES:

In REVIEWS:

In the CHRONOLOGY:

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What is on the site

1: Over 360 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.

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

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Complete index in alphabetical order

  1. 10,000 men
  2. Abandoned Love
  3. Absolutely Sweet Marie   (See also Bob Dylan meet Mr Freud)
  4. Ain’t gonna go to hell for anybody
  5. Alberta (1 and 2)
  6. Almost Done (Angel of Rain)
  7. All along the watch tower
  8. All I really want to do
  9. All the tired horses
  10. Angelina
  11. Are you ready?
  12. As I went out one morning
  13. Baby Please Don’t Go
  14. Baby Stop Crying
  15. Ballad for a friend
  16. Ballad of a thin man  (See also Bob Dylan meet Mr Freud)
  17. The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest,
  18. Ballad of Hollis Brown
  19. Beyond here lies nothing
  20. Ballad in Plain D
  21. Billy 1, 4, and 7 and the Main title theme – Billy the Kid
  22. Blind Willie McTell   See also The Arrows They Are A-flying
  23. Black Crow Blues
  24. Black Diamond Bay – original 2013 review
  25. Black Diamond Bay – alternative 2016 review
  26. Blessed is the name of the lord
  27. Blowing in the wind 
  28. Bob Dylan’s Dream
  29. Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream
  30. Boots of Spanish Leather
  31. Born in Time
  32. Brownsville Girl
  33. Buckets of Rain  See also “Figurative Language in Blood on the Tracks”
  34. Call Letter Blues
  35. Can you please crawl out your window?
  36. Can’t escape from you
  37. Can’t Wait
  38. Caribbean Wind
  39. Cat’s in the Well
  40. Changing of the Guards
  41. Changing of the Guards and the Tarot
  42. Chimes of Freedom   See also The Arrows They Are A-flying
  43. City of Gold
  44. Clean Cut Kid
  45. Clothes Line Saga   See also The Libel Case Of “Bob Dylan vs Bobbie Gentry” Settles Out Of Court
  46. Clothes line saga
  47. Cold Irons Bound 
  48. Coming from the Heart (with Helena Springs)
  49. Congratulations
  50. Corrina Corrina
  51. Covenant Woman
  52. Cover Down
  53. Country Pie  See also Shakespeare’s In The Well  and also Bob Dylan meet Mr Freud)
  54. Dark Eyes
  55. Day of the locusts
  56. Dead Man, Dead Man.
  57. Dear Landlord
  58. Death is not the end
  59. 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
  60. The Devil’s been busy.
  61. Dignity
  62. Dirge
  63. Dirt Road Blues
  64. Dirty Lie
  65. Dirty World
  66. Disease of Conceit
  67. Do right to me baby
  68. Don’t ever take yourself away
  69. Don’t fall apart on me tonight
  70. Don’t Take Everybody to be your friend
  71. Don’t think twice
  72. Down along the cove
  73. Down the Highway
  74. Drifter’s Escape
  75. Drifting too far from shore
  76. Duquesne Whistle
  77. Early Roman Kings
  78. Emotionally yours
  79. Eternal Circle
  80. Every grain of Sand
  81. Everything is broken
  82. Farewell Angelina
  83. Father of night
  84. Floater (Too much to ask)
  85. Foot of Pride
  86. Forever Young – Tony’s review    See also Blake, Keats, And Spots Of Ink: Spinning Reels Of Rhyme
  87. Forever Young – Dearbhla’s thoughts
  88. Fourth Time Around
  89. Gates of Eden
  90. Girl from the North Country
  91. George Jackson
  92. Go Way Little Boy
  93. God Knows
  94. Going Going Gone
  95. Golden Loom
  96. Gonna Change my Way of Thinking
  97. Got My Mind Made Up  See also The Libel Case Of “Bob Dylan vs Bobbie Gentry” Settles Out Of Court
  98. Gotta Serve Somebody
  99. Gypsy Lou
  100. Had a dream about you baby
  101. Handle with care
  102. Handy Dandy  see also Shakespeare’s In The Well With His Pointed Claws And His Bell
  103. Hard Rain’s a gonna fall  See also Bob Dylan Under the Big Top
  104. Hard times in New York Town
  105. Hazel
  106. Heading for the Light
  107. Heart of Mine
  108. Heartland 
  109. Hero Blues
  110. High Water (for Charley Patton)
  111. Highlands   See also The Arrows They Are A-flying
  112. Highway 61 Revisited
  113. Honest with Me
  114. Howlin at your window.
  115. Hurricane
  116. I am a lonesome hobo
  117. I and I
  118. I believe in you
  119. I don’t believe you (She acts like we never have met)
  120. I dreamed I saw St Augustine
  121. I must love you too much
  122. I once new a man
  123. I pity the poor immigrant 
  124. I shall be free number 10.
  125. I shall be released
  126. I threw it all away  See also The Libel Case Of “Bob Dylan vs Bobbie Gentry” Settles Out Of Court
  127. I wanna be your lover
  128. I want you
  129. I will love Him
  130. Inside Out
  131. If I was a king
  132. If you belonged to me (With the Wilburys)
  133. I’ll remember you
  134. I’ll keep it with mine
  135. Idiot Wind  See also “Figurative Language in Blood on the Tracks”
  136. If dogs run free
  137. If not for you
  138. If you ever go to Houston
  139. If you gotta go, go now
  140. If you see her say hello
  141. I’ll be your baby tonight (original) I’ll be your baby tonight (second thoughts)
  142. I’m not there
  143. In the garden
  144. In the summertime
  145. Is your love in vain?
  146. Isis
  147. It ain’t me babe
  148. It takes a lot to laugh
  149. It’s all good
  150. It’s all over now baby blue
  151. It’s all right ma – 2015 review.
  152. It’s all right ma – 2013 review
  153. I want you
  154. Jesus is the one
  155. Joey
  156. John Brown
  157. John Wesley Harding
  158. Jokerman
  159. Jolene
  160. Julius and Ethel
  161. Just like a woman
  162. Just like Tom Thumb’s Blues
  163. Kingsport Town
  164. Knocking on heaven’s door
  165. Last night
  166. Lay Down Your Weary Tune   See also My Ruth’s in the Highlands”
  167. Lay Lady Lay
  168. Legionnaire’s Disease
  169. Lenny Bruce is Dead
  170. Leopard skin pill-box hat
  171. Let me die in my footsteps
  172. Let’s keep it between us
  173. License to kill
  174. Like a Rolling Stone  See also Bob Dylan Under the Big Top
  175. Like a Ship
  176. Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts    See also The Ghosts Of Electricity: Bob Dylan And Symbolism
  177. Living the blues
  178. Lo and behold
  179. Long and Wasted Years
  180. Lord protect my child   See also The Arrows They Are A-flying and also Blake, Keats, And Spots Of Ink: Spinning Reels Of Rhyme
  181. Love Minus Zero
  182. Love Rescue Me
  183. Love Sick
  184. Maybe someday
  185. Maggie’s Farm
  186. Make you feel my love
  187. Mama you been on my mind
  188. Man Gave Names to all the Animals
  189. Man of Peace
  190. Man in the Long Black Coat
  191. Man on the Street:
  192. Marchin to the city
  193. Masters of War
  194. Meet me in the Morning  See also “Figurative Language in Blood on the Tracks”
  195. Million dollar bash
  196. Million Miles
  197. Mississippi (Tell Tale Signs) – reworked March 2015
  198. Moonlight.    See also My Ruth’s in the Highlands”
  199. More than Flesh and Blood (with a transcription of the lyrics)
  200. Most likely you go your way and I’ll go mine
  201. Most of the time
  202. Motorpsycho nightmare
  203. Mozambique
  204. Mr Tambourine Man  See also Bob Dylan Under the Big Top
  205. My back pages
  206. My wife’s home town
  207. Narrow Way
  208. Need a woman
  209. Neighbourhood Bully
  210. Never gonna be the same again
  211. Never Say Goodbye
  212. New Dansville Girl
  213. New Morning
  214. New Pony
  215. Ninety miles an hour down a dead end street
  216. No man righteous
  217. Nobody Cept You  See also Blake, Keats, And Spots Of Ink: Spinning Reels Of Rhyme
  218. North Country Blues
  219. No time to think
  220. 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!
  221. Not Dark Yet as poetry
  222. Obviously Five Believers  See also Bob Dylan Under the Big Top
  223. Oh, Sister
  224. On a night like this
  225. On the road again
  226. On the Road Again as part of a sequence of songs,
  227. One more cup of coffee
  228. One more night
  229. One more weekend
  230. One of us must know
  231. One too many mornings
  232. Only a hobo
  233. Only a pawn in their game
  234. Outlaw Blues,   See also Bob Dylan alias the outlaw.
  235. Oxford Town
  236. Paths of Victory.
  237. Pay in Blood
  238. Peggy Day
  239. Percy’s Song
  240. Pledging my Time
  241. Please Mrs Henry   (See also Bob Dylan meet Mr Freud)
  242. Political World
  243. Positively Fourth Street – See also Billy, Mistress Mary, And The Queen Of Hues: The Mystery Of W.H., Solved!
  244. Precious Angel
  245. Pressing on
  246. Property of Jesus
  247. Queen Jane Approximately  See also Bob Dylan Under the Big Top
  248. Quinn the Eskimo – The Mighty Quinn
  249. Quit your Lowdown Ways
  250. Rainy Day Women
  251. Ramblin Gamblin Willie
  252. Red River Shore
  253. Restless Farewell   See also The Arrows They Are A-flying
  254. Ring Them Bells
  255. Rita May
  256. Rock em dead
  257. Roll on John See also The Arrows They Are A-flying
  258. Rollin and Tumblin
  259. Romance in Durango
  260. Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands
  261. Sara
  262. Sarah Jane
  263. Saved
  264. Saving Grace
  265. Scarlet Town.  See Shakespeare’s In The Well With His Pointed Claws And His Bell and also Billy, Mistress Mary, And The Queen Of Hues: The Mystery Of W.H., Solved!
  266. See that my grave is kept clean
  267. Seeing the real you at last
  268. Señor,(Tales of Yankee Power) 
  269. Series of Dreams
  270. Seven Curses
  271. Seven Days
  272. Shake
  273. She Belongs to Me  see also The Libel Case Of “Bob Dylan vs Bobbie Gentry” Settles Out Of Court
  274. She’s your lover now
  275. Shelter from the storm  See also “Figurative Language in Blood on the Tracks”
  276. Shooting Star
  277. Shooting Star and Jimi Hendrix
  278. Shot of Love
  279. Sign Language
  280. Sign on the cross
  281. Sign on the window
  282. Silvio
  283. Simple Twist of Fate  See also “Figurative Language in Blood on the Tracks”  and also Blake, Keats, And Spots Of Ink: Spinning Reels Of Rhyme
  284. Slow Train
  285. Solid Rock
  286. Someday Baby – Modern Times
  287. Someday Baby – Tell Tale Signs
  288. Someone’s got a hold of my heart
  289. Something there is about you.  See also My Ruth’s in the Highlands”
  290. Something’s burning baby
  291. Soon After Midnight
  292. Spanish Harlem Incident
  293. Spirit on the water:
  294. Standing in the doorway
  295. Standing on the highway
  296. Stop now
  297. 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!
  298. Subterranean Homesick Blues – updated March 2015.  See also Fighting in the captain’s tower
  299. Summer Days (“Love and Theft”)
  300. Sweetheart like you
  301. Talking Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues.
  302. Talkin Hava Negeilah blues
  303. Talkin’ John Birch Society Blues (Paranoid Blues)
  304. Talkin’ World War III Blues
  305. Tangled up in blue  See also “Figurative Language in Blood on the Tracks”  and also  The Ghosts Of Electricity: Bob Dylan And Symbolism
  306. Tears of Rage
  307. Tell me it isn’t true
  308. Tell me 
  309. Tell Ol’ Bill   See also Blake, Keats, And Spots Of Ink: Spinning Reels Of Rhyme
  310. Tempest    See also Fighting in the captain’s tower
  311. Temporary Like Achilles
  312. “The Groom’s Still Waiting at the Alter”.
  313. The Levee’s Gonna Break
  314. The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll
  315. The Man in Me
  316. The Times they are a-Changing
  317. The Wandering Kind
  318. The Wicked Messenger
  319. Thief on the cross
  320. Things have changed – review revised and extended 2016
  321. This Dream of You
  322. This Wheel’s on Fire
  323. Three Angels
  324. Time to end this Masquerade
  325. Trouble in Mind
  326. Thunder on the Mountain
  327. Tight Connection to my heart
  328. Til I fell in love with you
  329. Time passes slowly  – revised 30 August 2015.
  330. Tin Angel
  331. Tiny Montgomery 
  332. To be alone with you
  333. To fall in love with you
  334. To Ramona
  335. Tombstone Blues
  336. Tomorrow is a long time
  337. Tonight I’ll be Staying Here With You
  338. Too Much of Nothing – revised 4 October 2016
  339. Tough Mama
  340. Tragedy of the Trade
  341. Trouble
  342. Trying to get to heaven
  343. True Love Tends to Forget
  344. Trust Yourself
  345. TV Talking Song
  346. Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum
  347. Tweeter and the Monkey Man
  348. Unbelievable
  349. Under the red sky
  350. Under your spell
  351. Union Sundown
  352. Up to Me
  353. Visions of Johanna
  354. Waiting to get beat
  355. Walking Down the Line
  356. Whatcha Gonna Do? 
  357. Watching the river flow
  358. Watered down love
  359. We better Talk this Over
  360. Wedding song
  361. Well, well, well.
  362. Went to see the gypsy  See also Blake, Keats, And Spots Of Ink: Spinning Reels Of Rhyme
  363. What can I do for You?
  364. What good am I?
  365. What was it you wanted?
  366. What’s going on here?
  367. When I paint my masterpiece
  368. When the night comes falling from the sky
  369. When the ship comes in
  370. When you gonna wake up?
  371. When He returns
  372. Where are you tonight?
  373. Where teardrops fall
  374. Where were you last night?
  375. Who killed Davey Moore?
  376. Who loves you more?
  377. Wiggle wiggle
  378. Wigwam and Woogie Boogie
  379. Winterlude
  380. With God on our Side
  381. Woogie Boogie and Wigwam
  382. Working Man’s Blues #2
  383. Ye shall be changed
  384. Yonder comes sin
  385. You ain’t going nowhere
  386. You Angel You
  387. You changed my life
  388. You took my breath away
  389. You wanna ramble
  390. You’re a big girl now  See also “Figurative Language in Blood on the Tracks”
  391. 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.

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19 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.

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