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

271 Dylan songs reviewed on the site, plus a growing collection of reflective articles.  We’ve had over 260,000 page views in the last year.  Thank you, everyone, for your interest in this little venture.

Publisher’s Update: 27 June 2016

  • The latest review:  Señor, Tales of Yankee Power; on the road to Love’s “Old Man” and finding Christ.
  • The latest article: Dylan’s sense of place
  • The latest addition: Songs written in 1978 added to the chronology list
  • The latest update: Tell Ol Bill – with a link to an outtake you really ought to hear, plus a little about the folk song of the same name.

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All the songs reviewed on this site are listed in alphabetical order below.

The songs in chronological order –  Every year of Dylan’s writing up to 1977 is now complete with only a couple of songs not reviewed.

Dylan’s opening lines: an index

How Dylan writes songs, and other articles.

Recent Posts


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

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