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 360 song reviews on this site, along with numerous other articles about Bob Dylan.   The latest posts are…


What’s 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.

3: Dylan year by year    This is a series of short articles on each year in turn, pulling together all of Dylan’s songwriting activity for that year in order to help understand the progression of Dylan’s work through his life.   The index to this recently started series is here

4: Articles on Dylan

We publish a wide range of articles about Bob Dylan and his compositions.  There is an index here.

5:  Most recent posts

From the Chronology series


6:   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 go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/254617038225146/

7:  Other stuff.  You might also like How Dylan writes songs, and other articles.    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 am always happy to receive requests to look at specific songs from any era of Dylan’s writing.   I love the challenge.   Email Tony@schools.co.uk

Tony Attwood


Complete index in alphabetical order

  1. Abandoned Love
  2. Absolutely Sweet Marie
  3. Ain’t gonna go to hell for anybody
  4. Alberta (1 and 2)
  5. Almost Done (Angel of Rain)
  6. All along the watch tower
  7. All I really want to do
  8. All the tired horses
  9. Angelina
  10. Are you ready?
  11. As I went out one morning
  12. Baby Please Don’t Go
  13. Baby Stop Crying
  14. Ballad for a friend
  15. Ballad of a thin man
  16. The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest,
  17. Ballad of Hollis Brown
  18. Beyond here lies nothing
  19. Ballad in Plain D
  20. Billy 1, 4, and 7 and the Main title theme – Billy the Kid
  21. Blind Willie McTell
  22. Black Crow Blues
  23. Black Diamond Bay – original 2013 review
  24. Black Diamond Bay – alternative 2016 review
  25. Blessed is the name of the lord
  26. Blowing in the wind 
  27. Bob Dylan’s Dream
  28. Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream
  29. Boots of Spanish Leather
  30. Born in Time
  31. Brownsville Girl
  32. Call Letter Blues
  33. Can you please crawl out your window?
  34. Can’t Wait
  35. Caribbean Wind
  36. Cat’s in the Well
  37. Changing of the Guards
  38. Changing of the Guards and the Tarot
  39. Chimes of Freedom
  40. City of Gold
  41. Clean Cut Kid
  42. Cold Irons Bound 
  43. Coming from the Heart (with Helena Springs)
  44. Congratulations
  45. Corrina Corrina
  46. Covenant Woman
  47. Cover Down
  48. Country Pie
  49. Dark Eyes
  50. Day of the locusts
  51. Dead Man, Dead Man.
  52. Dear Landlord
  53. Desolation Row
  54. Death is not the end”
  55. Dignity
  56. Dirge
  57. Dirt Road Blues
  58. Dirty Lie
  59. Dirty World
  60. Disease of Conceit
  61. Do right to me baby
  62. Don’t ever take yourself away
  63. Don’t fall apart on me tonight
  64. Don’t Take Everybody to be your friend
  65. Don’t think twice
  66. Down along the cove
  67. Down the Highway
  68. Drifter’s Escape
  69. Drifting too far from shore
  70. Duquesne Whistle
  71. Early Roman Kings
  72. Emotionally yours
  73. Eternal Circle
  74. Every grain of Sand
  75. Everything is broken
  76. Farewell Angelina
  77. Father of night
  78. Floater (Too much to ask)
  79. Foot of Pride
  80. Forever Young – Tony’s review
  81. Forever Young – Dearbhla’s thoughts
  82. Fourth Time Around
  83. Gates of Eden
  84. Girl from the North Country
  85. George Jackson
  86. Go Way Little Boy
  87. Going Going Gone
  88. Golden Loom
  89. Gonna Change my Way of Thinking
  90. Got My Mind Made Up
  91. Gotta Serve Somebody
  92. Gypsy Lou
  93. Had a dream about you baby
  94. Handle with care
  95. Handy Dandy
  96. Hard Rain’s a gonna fall
  97. Hard times in New York Town
  98. Hazel
  99. Heading for the Light
  100. Heart of Mine
  101. Hero Blues
  102. High Water (for Charley Patton)
  103. Highlands
  104. Highway 61 Revisited
  105. Honest with Me
  106. Howlin at your window.
  107. Hurricane
  108. I am a lonesome hobo
  109. I and I
  110. I believe in you
  111. I don’t believe you (She acts like we never have met)
  112. I dreamed I saw St Augustine
  113. I’ll remember you
  114. I must love you too much
  115. I once new a man
  116. I pity the poor immigrant 
  117. I shall be free number 10.
  118. I shall be released
  119. I threw it all away
  120. I wanna be your lover
  121. I want you
  122. I will love Him
  123. If I was a king
  124. I’ll keep it with mine
  125. Idiot Wind
  126. If dogs run free
  127. If not for you
  128. If you ever go to Houston
  129. If you gotta go, go now
  130. If you see her say hello
  131. I’ll be your baby tonight (original) I’ll be your baby tonight (second thoughts)
  132. I’m not there
  133. In the garden
  134. In the summertime
  135. Is your love in vain?
  136. Isis
  137. It ain’t me babe
  138. It takes a lot to laugh
  139. It’s all good
  140. It’s all over now baby blue
  141. It’s all right ma – 2015 review.
  142. It’s all right ma – 2013 review
  143. I want you
  144. Jesus is the one
  145. Joey
  146. John Brown
  147. John Wesley Harding
  148. Jokerman
  149. Jolene
  150. Julius and Ethel
  151. Just like a woman
  152. Just like Tom Thumb’s Blues
  153. Kingsport Town
  154. Knocking on heaven’s door
  155. Last night
  156. Lay Down Your Weary Tune
  157. Lay Lady Lay
  158. Legionnaire’s Disease
  159. Lenny Bruce is Dead
  160. Leopard skin pill-box hat
  161. Let me die in my footsteps
  162. Let’s keep it between us
  163. License to kill
  164. Like a Rolling Stone
  165. Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts
  166. Living the blues
  167. Long and Wasted Years
  168. Lord protect my child
  169. Love Minus Zero
  170. Love Rescue Me
  171. Love Sick
  172. Maybe someday
  173. Maggie’s Farm
  174. Make you feel my love
  175. Mama you been on my mind
  176. Man Gave Names to all the Animals
  177. Man of Peace
  178. Man in the Long Black Coat
  179. Man on the Street:
  180. Marchin to the city
  181. Masters of War
  182. Meet me in the Morning
  183. Million dollar bash
  184. Million Miles
  185. Mississippi (Tell Tale Signs) – reworked March 2015
  186. More than Flesh and Blood (with a transcription of the lyrics)
  187. Most likely you go your way and I’ll go mine
  188. Most of the time
  189. Motorpsycho nightmare
  190. Mozambique
  191. Mr Tambourine Man
  192. My back pages
  193. My wife’s home town
  194. Narrow Way
  195. Need a woman
  196. Neighbourhood Bully
  197. Never gonna be the same again
  198. Never Say Goodbye
  199. New Dansville Girl
  200. New Morning
  201. New Pony
  202. Ninety miles an hour down a dead end street
  203. No man righteous
  204. Nobody Cept You
  205. North Country Blues
  206. No time to think
  207. Not Dark Yet – latest revision August 2016
  208. Not Dark Yet as poetry
  209. Obviously Five Believers
  210. Oh, Sister
  211. On a night like this
  212. On the road again
  213. On the Road Again as part of a sequence of songs,
  214. One more cup of coffee
  215. One more night
  216. One more weekend
  217. One of us must know
  218. One too many mornings
  219. Only a hobo
  220. Only a pawn in their game
  221. Outlaw Blues,
  222. Oxford Town
  223. Paths of Victory.
  224. Pay in Blood
  225. Peggy Day
  226. Percy’s Song
  227. Pledging my Time
  228. Political World
  229. Positively Fourth Street – updated and expanded September 2014
  230. Precious Angel
  231. Pressing on
  232. Property of Jesus
  233. Queen Jane Approximately
  234. Quinn the Eskimo – The Mighty Quinn
  235. Quit your Lowdown Ways
  236. Rainy Day Women
  237. Ramblin Gamblin Willie
  238. Red River Shore
  239. Restless Farewell
  240. Ring Them Bells
  241. Rita May
  242. Rock em dead
  243. Rollin and Tumblin
  244. Romance in Durango
  245. Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands
  246. Sara
  247. Sarah Jane
  248. Saved
  249. Saving Grace
  250. See that my grave is kept clean
  251. Seeing the real you at last
  252. Señor,(Tales of Yankee Power) 
  253. Series of Dreams
  254. Seven Curses
  255. Seven Days
  256. Shake
  257. She Belongs to Me
  258. She’s your lover now
  259. Shelter from the storm
  260. Shooting Star
  261. Shooting Star and Jimi Hendrix
  262. Shot of Love
  263. Sign Language
  264. Sign on the cross
  265. Sign on the window
  266. Silvio
  267. Simple Twist of Fate
  268. Slow Train
  269. Solid Rock
  270. Someday Baby – Modern Times
  271. Someday Baby – Tell Tale Signs
  272. Someone’s got a hold of my heart
  273. Something there is about you.
  274. Something’s burning baby
  275. Soon After Midnight
  276. Spanish Harlem Incident
  277. Spirit on the water:
  278. Standing in the doorway
  279. Standing on the highway
  280. Stop now
  281. Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again
  282. Subterranean Homesick Blues – updated March 2015
  283. Summer Days (“Love and Theft”)
  284. Sweetheart like you
  285. Talking Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues.
  286. Talkin Hava Negeilah blues
  287. Talkin’ John Birch Society Blues (Paranoid Blues)
  288. Talkin’ World War III Blues
  289. Tangled up in blue
  290. Tears of Rage
  291. Tell me it isn’t true
  292. Tell me 
  293. Tell Ol’ Bill
  294. Temporary Like Achilles
  295. “The Groom’s Still Waiting at the Alter”.
  296. The Levee’s Gonna Break
  297. The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll
  298. The Man in Me
  299. The Times they are a-Changing
  300. The Wandering Kind
  301. The Wicked Messenger
  302. Thief on the cross
  303. Things have changed – review revised and extended 2016
  304. This Dream of You
  305. This Wheel’s on Fire
  306. Three Angels
  307. Time to end this Masquerade
  308. Trouble in Mind
  309. Thunder on the Mountain
  310. Tight Connection to my heart
  311. Til I fell in love with you
  312. Time passes slowly  – revised 30 August 2015.
  313. Tiny Montgomery 
  314. To be alone with you
  315. To fall in love with you
  316. To Ramona
  317. Tombstone Blues
  318. Tomorrow is a long time
  319. Tonight I’ll be Staying Here With You
  320. Too Much of Nothing – revised 4 October 2016
  321. Tough Mama
  322. Tragedy of the Trade
  323. Trouble
  324. Trying to get to heaven
  325. True Love Tends to Forget
  326. Trust Yourself
  327. TV Talking Song
  328. Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum
  329. Tweeter and the Monkey Man
  330. Under your spell
  331. Union Sundown
  332. Up to Me
  333. Visions of Johanna
  334. Waiting to get beat
  335. Walking Down the Line
  336. Whatcha Gonna Do? 
  337. Watching the river flow
  338. Watered down love
  339. We better Talk this Over
  340. Wedding song
  341. Well, well, well.
  342. Went to see the gypsy
  343. What can I do for You?
  344. What good am I?
  345. What was it you wanted?
  346. What’s going on here?
  347. When I paint my masterpiece
  348. When the night comes falling from the sky
  349. When the ship comes in
  350. When you gonna wake up?
  351. When He returns
  352. Where are you tonight?
  353. Where teardrops fall
  354. Where were you last night?
  355. Who killed Davey Moore?
  356. Who loves you more?
  357. Wiggle wiggle
  358. Wigwam and Woogie Boogie
  359. Winterlude
  360. With God on our Side
  361. Woogie Boogie and Wigwam
  362. Working Man’s Blues #2
  363. Ye shall be changed
  364. Yonder comes sin
  365. You ain’t going nowhere
  366. You Angel You
  367. You changed my life
  368. You took my breath away
  369. You wanna ramble
  370. You’re a big girl now
  371. 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

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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21 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.

  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. Mr. Attwood, it seems that have you read NOTHING , absolutely NOTHING about Blonde on Blonde anf his symbloism. Oh, my god, neraly 51 years and you don´t nothing. (And I am not North Merican, I am from Spain, bet I Love Blonde on Blonde, and I have read many, many well informed comments about that masterpiece.
    Symbols: “mercury mouth”: “red mouth” and mercury is the refent planet of Gemini, the sign of Dylan. “Eyes like smoke”: “Sara had sad eyes, and off eyes (when the smoke eneters into your eues, don´t close your eyes? don´t seem that your eyes is half-closed?
    Mentions about MERCURY AND METAL: “Dylan always said that he wanted Blonde on Blonde would sounds like ” thin mercury” “like metal”, Mercury: Gemini regen planet, all the two mentions about “Metal” : “Sara was daughter of Isaac, “her father was born in Poland circa 1894 and became a US citizen in 1912. Isaac set up a scrap metal business at South Claymont Street”. And because Dylan says: your “sheet metal memories”, those are the memories of Sara´s chidhood.
    And I could go on explaining all the symbols, but really, I think that here, in Untold Dylan, it is not worth.
    Excuse me for my hard words, but I think that you are very, very WRONG, Toby Attwood. You are very lost in the knowledge of “Blonde on Blonde”

  19. I really think “Sad-eyed lady” is based on deflated images that reached the Bob´s brain about Sara. If you doesn´t want to see that, ….Why would Bob come up with a invented story and then put it on Sara’s song? I think that everything about “Sad-eyed” is, explicitly in Sara´s song., yes (from Desire), and there is no much more to say… From this point we (all) can extend the matter to infinity…

  20. and …(gemini)It is ruled by Mercury, the planet that represents communication, writing, and movement. People born under this Sun sign often have a feeling that their other half is missing, so they are forever seeking new friends, mentors, colleagues and people to talk to. Yes, Tony, you can base that song inthis point: just in that point satars the ong, remember Tony, in Dylan, he siad once (or more), is very important the first verse…and the….You know that and much MORE about all of that THAN YOU. Yes, Tony, I repeat: communication, writing, and movement.

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