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


Bob Dylan won the Nobel prize for literature 2016; the first ever singer-songwriter to win the prize.

On this site we examine the music, the meanings; the interpretations, the analysis of his work.

Over 300 Dylan song reviews on the site; 

Over 400,000 page views in the last year.  

Publisher’s Update: 5 December 2016

“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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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.

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. Almost Done (Angel of Rain)
  5. All along the watch tower
  6. All I really want to do
  7. All the tired horses
  8. Angelina
  9. Are you ready?
  10. As I went out one morning
  11. Baby Please Don’t Go
  12. Baby Stop Crying
  13. Ballad for a friend
  14. Ballad of a thin man
  15. The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest,
  16. Ballad of Hollis Brown
  17. Beyond here lies nothing
  18. Ballad in Plain D
  19. Billy 1, 4, and 7 and the Main title theme – Billy the Kid
  20. Blind Willie McTell
  21. Black Crow Blues
  22. Black Diamond Bay – original 2013 review
  23. Black Diamond Bay – alternative 2016 review
  24. Blessed is the name of the lord
  25. Blowing in the wind 
  26. Bob Dylan’s Dream
  27. Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream
  28. Boots of Spanish Leather
  29. Born in Time
  30. Brownsville Girl
  31. Call Letter Blues
  32. Can you please crawl out your window?
  33. Can’t Wait
  34. Caribbean Wind
  35. Cat’s in the Well
  36. Changing of the Guards
  37. Changing of the Guards and the Tarot
  38. Chimes of Freedom
  39. Cold Irons Bound 
  40. Coming from the Heart (with Helena Springs)
  41. Corrina Corrina
  42. Covenant Woman
  43. Cover Down
  44. Country Pie
  45. Dark Eyes
  46. Day of the locusts
  47. Dead Man, Dead Man.
  48. Dear Landlord
  49. Desolation Row
  50. Dignity
  51. Dirge
  52. Dirt Road Blues
  53. Dirty Lie
  54. Disease of Conceit
  55. Do right to me baby
  56. Don’t ever take yourself away
  57. Don’t fall apart on me tonight
  58. Don’t Take Everybody to be your friend
  59. Don’t think twice
  60. Down along the cove
  61. Down the Highway
  62. Drifter’s Escape
  63. Drifting too far from shore
  64. Duquesne Whistle
  65. Early Roman Kings
  66. Emotionally yours
  67. Eternal Circle
  68. Every grain of Sand
  69. Everything is broken
  70. Farewell Angelina
  71. Father of night
  72. Floater (Too much to ask)
  73. Foot of Pride
  74. Forever Young – Tony’s review
  75. Forever Young – Dearbhla’s thoughts
  76. Fourth Time Around
  77. Gates of Eden
  78. Girl from the North Country
  79. George Jackson
  80. Go Way Little Boy
  81. Going Going Gone
  82. Golden Loom
  83. Gonna Change my Way of Thinking
  84. Gotta Serve Somebody
  85. Gypsy Lou
  86. Handle with care
  87. Handy Dandy
  88. Hard Rain’s a gonna fall
  89. Hazel
  90. Heart of Mine
  91. High Water (for Charley Patton)
  92. Highlands
  93. Highway 61 Revisited
  94. Honest with Me
  95. Howlin at your window.
  96. Hurricane
  97. I am a lonesome hobo
  98. I believe in you
  99. I don’t believe you (She acts like we never have met)
  100. I dreamed I saw St Augustine
  101. I’ll remember you
  102. I must love you too much
  103. I once new a man
  104. I pity the poor immigrant 
  105. I shall be free number 10.
  106. I shall be released
  107. I threw it all away
  108. I wanna be your lover
  109. I want you
  110. If I was a king
  111. I’ll keep it with mine
  112. Idiot Wind
  113. If dogs run free
  114. If not for you
  115. If you ever go to Houston
  116. If you gotta go, go now
  117. If you see her say hello
  118. I’ll be your baby tonight (original) I’ll be your baby tonight (second thoughts)
  119. I’m not there
  120. In the garden
  121. Is your love in vain?
  122. Isis
  123. It ain’t me babe
  124. It takes a lot to laugh
  125. It’s all good
  126. It’s all over now baby blue
  127. It’s all right ma – 2015 review.
  128. It’s all right ma – 2013 review
  129. I want you
  130. Joey
  131. John Brown
  132. John Wesley Harding
  133. Jokerman
  134. Jolene
  135. Just like a woman
  136. Just like Tom Thumb’s Blues
  137. Knocking on heaven’s door
  138. Lay Down Your Weary Tune
  139. Lay Lady Lay
  140. Legionnaire’s Disease
  141. Lenny Bruce is Dead
  142. Leopard skin pill-box hat
  143. Let me die in my footsteps
  144. Like a Rolling Stone
  145. Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts
  146. Living the blues
  147. Long and Wasted Years
  148. Love Minus Zero
  149. Love Rescue Me
  150. Love Sick
  151. Maybe someday
  152. Maggie’s Farm
  153. Make you feel my love
  154. Mama you been on my mind
  155. Man Gave Names to all the Animals
  156. Man of Peace
  157. Man in the Long Black Coat
  158. Marchin to the city
  159. Masters of War
  160. Meet me in the Morning
  161. Million dollar bash
  162. Million Miles
  163. Mississippi (Tell Tale Signs) – reworked March 2015
  164. More than Flesh and Blood (with a transcription of the lyrics)
  165. Most likely you go your way and I’ll go mine
  166. Most of the time
  167. Motorpsycho nightmare
  168. Mozambique
  169. Mr Tambourine Man
  170. My back pages
  171. My wife’s home town
  172. Narrow Way
  173. Neighbourhood Bully
  174. Never gonna be the same again
  175. Never Say Goodbye
  176. New Dansville Girl
  177. New Morning
  178. New Pony
  179. Ninety miles an hour down a dead end street
  180. No man righteous
  181. Nobody Cept You
  182. North Country Blues
  183. No time to think
  184. Not Dark Yet – latest revision August 2016
  185. Not Dark Yet as poetry
  186. Obviously Five Believers
  187. Oh, Sister
  188. On a night like this
  189. On the road again
  190. On the Road Again as part of a sequence of songs,
  191. One more cup of coffee
  192. One more night
  193. One more weekend
  194. One of us must know
  195. One too many mornings
  196. Only a pawn in their game
  197. Outlaw Blues,
  198. Oxford Town
  199. Pay in Blood
  200. Percy’s Song
  201. Pledging my Time
  202. Political World
  203. Positively Fourth Street – updated and expanded September 2014
  204. Precious Angel
  205. Pressing on
  206. Property of Jesus
  207. Queen Jane Approximately
  208. Quinn the Eskimo – The Mighty Quinn
  209. Rainy Day Women
  210. Red River Shore
  211. Restless Farewell
  212. Ring Them Bells
  213. Rita May
  214. Rollin and Tumblin
  215. Romance in Durango
  216. Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands
  217. Sara
  218. Sarah Jane
  219. Saved
  220. Saving Grace
  221. See that my grave is kept clean
  222. Seeing the real you at last
  223. Señor,(Tales of Yankee Power) 
  224. Series of Dreams
  225. Seven Curses
  226. Seven Days
  227. Shake
  228. She Belongs to Me
  229. She’s your lover now
  230. Shelter from the storm
  231. Shooting Star
  232. Shooting Star and Jimi Hendrix
  233. Shot of Love
  234. Sign Language
  235. Sign on the cross
  236. Sign on the window
  237. Silvio
  238. Simple Twist of Fate
  239. Slow Train
  240. Solid Rock
  241. Someday Baby – Modern Times
  242. Someday Baby – Tell Tale Signs
  243. Something there is about you.
  244. Something’s burning baby
  245. Soon After Midnight
  246. Spanish Harlem Incident
  247. Spirit on the water:
  248. Standing in the doorway
  249. Standing on the highway
  250. Stop now
  251. Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again
  252. Subterranean Homesick Blues – updated March 2015
  253. Summer Days (“Love and Theft”)
  254. Talkin’ John Birch Society Blues (Paranoid Blues)
  255. Talkin’ World War III Blues
  256. Tangled up in blue
  257. Tears of Rage
  258. Tell me it isn’t true
  259. Tell Ol’ Bill
  260. Temporary Like Achilles
  261. “The Groom’s Still Waiting at the Alter”.
  262. The Levee’s Gonna Break
  263. The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll
  264. The Man in Me
  265. The Times they are a-Changing
  266. The Wandering Kind
  267. The Wicked Messenger
  268. Things have changed – review revised and extended 2016
  269. This Dream of You
  270. This Wheel’s on Fire
  271. Three Angels
  272. Time to end this Masquerade
  273. Trouble in Mind
  274. Thunder on the Mountain
  275. Tight Connection to my heart
  276. Til I fell in love with you
  277. Time passes slowly  – revised 30 August 2015.
  278. Tiny Montgomery 
  279. To be alone with you
  280. To fall in love with you
  281. To Ramona
  282. Tombstone Blues
  283. Tomorrow is a long time
  284. Tonight I’ll be Staying Here With You
  285. Too Much of Nothing – revised 4 October 2016
  286. Tough Mama
  287. Tragedy of the Trade
  288. Trouble
  289. Trying to get to heaven
  290. True Love Tends to Forget
  291. Trust Yourself
  292. TV Talking Song
  293. Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum
  294. Under your spell
  295. Union Sundown
  296. Up to Me
  297. Visions of Johanna
  298. Waiting to get beat
  299. Watching the river flow
  300. Watered down love
  301. We better Talk this Over
  302. Wedding song
  303. Well, well, well.
  304. Went to see the gypsy
  305. What can I do for You?
  306. What good am I?
  307. What was it you wanted?
  308. What’s going on here?
  309. When I paint my masterpiece
  310. When the night comes falling from the sky
  311. When the ship comes in
  312. When you gonna wake up?
  313. When He returns
  314. Where are you tonight?
  315. Where teardrops fall
  316. Where were you last night?
  317. Who killed Davey Moore?
  318. Who loves you more?
  319. Wiggle wiggle
  320. Wigwam and Woogie Boogie
  321. Winterlude
  322. With God on our Side
  323. Woogie Boogie and Wigwam
  324. Working Man’s Blues #2
  325. Ye shall be changed
  326. You ain’t going nowhere
  327. You Angel You
  328. You changed my life
  329. You took my breath away
  330. You wanna ramble
  331. You’re a big girl now
  332. 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


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16 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.
    Best regards
    Sorbonne universites upmc

  14. Raja Thuraisingham says:

    Just stumbled into your site yesterday.
    It’s a wonderful thing you have created. I’ve been a Dylan fan for 25 years but I’ve never read such insightful stuff.
    Keep it up!


  15. Ravi says:

    Great site. Lovely committed work of true fan(s). All the very best.

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