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

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Publisher’s Update: 24 May 2016

  • The latest review: Oh, sister
  • The latest article: An index of Dylan’s first lines

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

The songs in chronological order – I have just added 1975 to the list.  Five songs from that year have already been reviewed, and I’ll be working on the rest of them in the coming weeks.  Every song from an album, or otherwise of note before 1975 has been reviewed (unless you have something you can see I’ve missed – do tell me if so).

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