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



Untold Dylan: Over 400 reviews of Dylan songs


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There are now over 400 song reviews on this site (scroll down to the foot of this page to see the list), along with numerous other articles about the themes in Bob Dylan’s work plus the order in which songs were written, how one influenced another, and Dylan’s creative processes.

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The latest posts are…

In THEMES: (you also might find the Index to Poets and Themes interesting

In REVIEWS: (all songs reviewed are listed in alphabetical order further down the page)

In CREATIVITY (A full index of these articles appears here)

The CHRONOLOGY file is now complete:  (You might also like Bob Dylan year by year)


In DYLAN: THE LIGHTER SIDE:  (For more info on this aspect of the site please click here)


What is on the site

1: Over 400 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.  A second index lists the articles under the poets and poetic themes cited – you can find that 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


Complete index in alphabetical order

  1. 2×2 (See also Dylan On Dylan)
  2. 10,000 men
  3. Abandoned Love
  4. Absolutely Sweet Marie   (See also Bob Dylan meet Mr Freud and Owed to Bobby Allen)
  5. Ain’t gonna go to hell for anybody
  6. Ain’t talkin’ 
  7. Alberta (1 and 2)
  8. Almost Done (Angel of Rain)
  9. All along the watch tower
  10. All I really want to do
  11. All the tired horses
  12. Angelina
  13. Angelina: the alternative view
  14. Are you ready?
  15. As I went out one morning
  16. Baby Please Don’t Go
  17. Baby Stop Crying
  18. Ballad for a friend
  19. Ballad of a thin man  (See also Bob Dylan meet Mr Freud)
  20. The Ballad of Donald White
  21. The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest,
  22. Ballad of Hollis Brown
  23. Beyond here lies nothing
  24. Beyond the Horizon
  25. Ballad in Plain D
  26. Band of the Hand (It’s hell time man)
  27. Billy 1, 4, and 7 and the Main title theme – Billy the Kid
  28. Blind Willie McTell   See also The Arrows They Are A-flying
  29. Black Crow Blues
  30. Black Diamond Bay – original 2013 review
  31. Black Diamond Bay – alternative 2016 review
  32. Blessed is the name of the lord
  33. Blowing in the wind 
  34. Bob Dylan’s Dream
  35. Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream  See also La Mancha Is Blowing In The Wind
  36. Boots of Spanish Leather
  37. Born in Time
  38. Brownsville Girl
  39. Buckets of Rain  See also “Figurative Language in Blood on the Tracks”
  40. Bye and bye
  41. Call Letter Blues
  42. Can you please crawl out your window?
  43. Can’t escape from you
  44. Can’t Wait  See also Bob Dylan Paints his Masterpiece
  45. Caribbean Wind
  46. Cat’s in the Well  See also Shakespeare’s In The Well
  47. Changing of the Guards
  48. Changing of the Guards and the Tarot
  49. Chimes of Freedom   See also The Arrows They Are A-flying and The Bobby Horror Picture Show
  50. City of Gold
  51. Clean Cut Kid
  52. Clothes Line Saga   See also The Libel Case Of “Bob Dylan vs Bobbie Gentry” Settles Out Of Court
  53. Clothes line saga
  54. Cold Irons Bound   See also Bob Dylan Paints his Masterpiece
  55. Coming from the Heart (with Helena Springs)
  56. Congratulations
  57. Cool Dry Place
  58. Corrina Corrina
  59. Covenant Woman
  60. Cover Down
  61. Cross the Green Mountain
  62. Cry a while
  63. Country Pie  See also Shakespeare’s In The Well  and also Bob Dylan meet Mr Freud
  64. Dark Eyes
  65. Day of the locusts
  66. Dead Man, Dead Man.
  67. Dear Landlord
  68. Death is not the end
  69. 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 and The Bobby Horror Picture Show
  70. The Devil’s been busy.
  71. Dignity
  72. Dirge
  73. Dirt Road Blues  See also Bob Dylan Paints his Masterpiece
  74. Dirty Lie
  75. Dirty World
  76. Disease of Conceit
  77. Do right to me baby
  78. Don’t ever take yourself away
  79. Don’t fall apart on me tonight
  80. Don’t Take Everybody to be your friend
  81. Don’t think twice
  82. Down along the cove
  83. Down the Highway
  84. Dreamin of You
  85. Drifter’s Escape
  86. Drifting too far from shore
  87. Duquesne Whistle
  88. Early Roman Kings
  89. Emotionally yours
  90. Eternal Circle
  91. Every grain of Sand  See also Bob Dylan Has His Blake And Keats It Too
  92. Everything is broken
  93. Farewell Angelina
  94. Father of night
  95. Floater (Too much to ask)
  96. Foot of Pride
  97. Forever Young – Tony’s review    See also Blake, Keats, And Spots Of Ink: Spinning Reels Of Rhyme
  98. Forever Young – Dearbhla’s thoughts
  99. Forgetful Heart
  100. Fourth Time Around
  101. Gates of Eden
  102. Girl from the North Country
  103. George Jackson
  104. Go Way Little Boy
  105. God Knows
  106. Going Going Gone
  107. Golden Loom
  108. Gonna Change my Way of Thinking
  109. Got My Mind Made Up  See also The Libel Case Of “Bob Dylan vs Bobbie Gentry” Settles Out Of Court
  110. Gotta Serve Somebody
  111. Gypsy Lou
  112. Had a dream about you baby
  113. Handle with care
  114. Handy Dandy  see also Shakespeare’s In The Well 
  115. Hard Rain’s a gonna fall  See also The Bobby Horror Picture Show and Bob Dylan Under the Big Top
  116. Hard times in New York Town
  117. Hazel
  118. Heading for the Light
  119. Heart of Mine
  120. Heartland 
  121. Hero Blues
  122. High Water (for Charley Patton)
  123. Highlands   See also The Arrows They Are A-flying and Bob Dylan Paints his Masterpiece
  124. Highway 61 Revisited
  125. Honest with Me
  126.  Huck’s Tune / When the deal goes down
  127. Howlin at your window.
  128. Hurricane
  129. I am a lonesome hobo
  130. I and I
  131. I and I / Bob Dylan – an alternative vision
  132. I believe in you
  133. I don’t believe you (She acts like we never have met)
  134. I dreamed I saw St Augustine  See also Deadwood and Deadman
  135. I feel a change coming on
  136. I must love you too much  See also Bob Dylan Has His Blake And Keats It Too
  137. I once new a man
  138. I pity the poor immigrant 
  139. I shall be free number 10.
  140. I shall be released
  141. I threw it all away  See also The Libel Case Of “Bob Dylan vs Bobbie Gentry” Settles Out Of Court
  142. I wanna be your lover
  143. I want you
  144. I will love Him
  145. I’m your teenage prayer
  146. Inside Out
  147. If I was a king
  148. If you belonged to me (With the Wilburys)
  149. I’ll remember you
  150. I’ll keep it with mine
  151. Idiot Wind  See also “Figurative Language in Blood on the Tracks”
  152. If dogs run free
  153. If not for you
  154. If you ever go to Houston
  155. If you gotta go, go now
  156. If you see her say hello
  157. I’ll be your baby tonight (original) I’ll be your baby tonight (second thoughts)
  158. I’m not there
  159. In the garden
  160. In the summertime
  161. Is your love in vain?
  162. Isis
  163. It ain’t me babe
  164. It takes a lot to laugh
  165. It’s all good
  166. It’s all over now baby blue
  167. It’s all right ma – 2015 review.
  168. It’s all right ma – 2013 review
  169. I want you
  170. Jesus is the one
  171. Joey
  172. John Brown
  173. John Wesley Harding   See also Deadwood and Deadman
  174. Jokerman
  175. Jolene
  176. Julius and Ethel
  177. Just like a woman
  178. Just like Tom Thumb’s Blues
  179. Kingsport Town
  180. Knocking on heaven’s door  See also Bob Dylan Paints his Masterpiece
  181. Last night
  182. Lay Down Your Weary Tune   See also My Ruth’s in the Highlands”
  183. Lay Lady Lay
  184. Legionnaire’s Disease
  185. Lenny Bruce is Dead
  186. Leopard skin pill-box hat
  187. Let me die in my footsteps
  188. Let’s keep it between us
  189. License to kill
  190. Life is hard
  191. Like a Rolling Stone  See also Bob Dylan Under the Big Top
  192. Like a Ship
  193. Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts    See also The Ghosts Of Electricity: Bob Dylan And Symbolism
  194. Living the blues
  195. Lo and behold
  196. Lonesome Day Blues
  197. Long and Wasted Years
  198. Lord protect my child   See also The Arrows They Are A-flying and also Blake, Keats, And Spots Of Ink: Spinning Reels Of Rhyme and Bob Dylan Has His Blake 
  199. Love Minus Zero  See also La Mancha Is Blowing In The Wind and The Bobby Horror Picture Show
  200. Love Rescue Me
  201. Love Sick
  202. Maybe someday
  203. Maggie’s Farm
  204. Make you feel my love
  205. Mama you been on my mind
  206. Man Gave Names to all the Animals
  207. Man of Peace
  208. Man in the Long Black Coat
  209. Man on the Street
  210. Marchin to the city
  211. Masters of War
  212. Meet me in the Morning  See also “Figurative Language in Blood on the Tracks”
  213. Million dollar bash
  214. Million Miles
  215. Mississippi (Tell Tale Signs) – reworked March 2015
  216. Moonlight:   See also My Ruth’s in the Highlands”
  217. More than Flesh and Blood (with a transcription of the lyrics)
  218. Most likely you go your way and I’ll go mine
  219. Most of the time
  220. Motorpsycho nightmare
  221. Mozambique
  222. Mr Tambourine Man  – the original review
  223. Mr Tambourine Man: the origins, the music, the meaning, the death knell.   For other comments see also Bob Dylan Under the Big Top and La Mancha Is Blowing In The Wind and The Bobby Horror Picture Show
  224. My back pages     See also  Bob Dylan’s “My Back Pages”. He was so much older then.
  225. My wife’s home town
  226. Narrow Way
  227. Need a woman
  228. Neighbourhood Bully
  229.  “Neighbourhood Bully: the heart of the matter”
  230. Nettie Moore
  231. Never gonna be the same again
  232. Never Say Goodbye
  233. New Dansville Girl
  234. New Blue Moon
  235. New Morning
  236. New Pony
  237. Ninety miles an hour down a dead end street
  238. No man righteous
  239. Nobody Cept You  See also Blake, Keats, And Spots Of Ink: Spinning Reels Of Rhyme and Bob Dylan Has His Blake And Keats It Too
  240. North Country Blues
  241. Nothing was delivered 
  242. No time to think
  243. 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!
  244. Not Dark Yet as poetry
  245. Obviously Five Believers  See also Bob Dylan Under the Big Top
  246. Odds and Ends
  247. Oh, Sister
  248. On a night like this
  249. On the road again
  250. On the Road Again as part of a sequence of songs,
  251. One more cup of coffee
  252. One more night
  253. One more weekend
  254. One of us must know
  255. One too many mornings
  256. Only a hobo
  257. Only a pawn in their game
  258. Open the Door Homer  See also Listen To The Dylanesque Whistle Blowing
  259. Outlaw Blues,   See also Bob Dylan alias the outlaw.
  260. Oxford Town
  261. Paths of Victory.
  262. Pay in Blood
  263. Peggy Day
  264. Percy’s Song
  265. Pledging my Time
  266. Please Mrs Henry   (See also Bob Dylan meet Mr Freud)
  267. Po Boy: a walk through the heritage of American culture with Bob Dylan
  268. Political World
  269. Poor House
  270. Positively Fourth Street – See also Billy, Mistress Mary, And The Queen Of Hues: The Mystery Of W.H., Solved!
  271. Precious Angel
  272. Pressing on
  273. Property of Jesus
  274. Queen Jane Approximately  See also Bob Dylan Under the Big Top
  275. Quinn the Eskimo – The Mighty Quinn
  276. Quit your Lowdown Ways
  277. Rainy Day Women
  278. Ramblin Gamblin Willie
  279. Red River Shore
  280. Restless Farewell   See also The Arrows They Are A-flying
  281. Ring Them Bells
  282. Rita May
  283. Rock em dead
  284. Roll on John See also The Arrows They Are A-flying and Bob Dylan Has His Blake 
  285. Rollin and Tumblin
  286. Rollin’ and tumblin’ / Someday Baby:  Bob Dylan and how women always will get in the way
  287. Romance in Durango
  288. Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands  See also Bob Dylan Paints his Masterpiece
  289. Sara
  290. Sarah Jane
  291. Saved
  292. Saving Grace
  293. Scarlet Town.  See also Shakespeare’s In The Well and also Billy, Mistress Mary, And The Queen Of Hues: The Mystery Of W.H., Solved!and Dylan On Dylan
  294. See that my grave is kept clean
  295. Seeing the real you at last
  296. Señor,(Tales of Yankee Power) 
  297. Series of Dreams
  298. Seven Curses
  299. Seven Days
  300. Seven Deadly Sins
  301. Shake
  302. Shake Shake Mama
  303. She Belongs to Me  see also The Libel Case Of “Bob Dylan vs Bobbie Gentry” Settles Out Of Court
  304. She’s my baby
  305. She’s your lover now
  306. Shelter from the storm  See also “Figurative Language in Blood on the Tracks”
  307. Shooting Star
  308. Shooting Star and Jimi Hendrix
  309. Shot of Love
  310. Sign Language
  311. Sign on the cross
  312. Sign on the window
  313. Silvio
  314. Simple Twist of Fate  See also “Figurative Language in Blood on the Tracks”  and also Blake, Keats, And Spots Of Ink and Bob Dylan Has His Blake 
  315. Sitting on a barbed wire fence
  316. Slow Train
  317. Solid Rock
  318. Someday Baby – Modern Times
  319. Someday Baby – Tell Tale Signs
  320. Someday Baby / Rollin’ and tumblin’ / Bob Dylan and how women always will get in the way
  321. Someone’s got a hold of my heart
  322. Something there is about you.  See also My Ruth’s in the Highlands”
  323. Something’s burning baby
  324. Song to Woodie
  325. Soon After Midnight
  326. Spanish Harlem Incident
  327. Spirit on the water:
  328. Standing in the doorway  See also Bob Dylan Paints his Masterpiece
  329. Standing on the highway
  330. Stop now
  331. 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!
  332. Subterranean Homesick Blues – updated March 2015.  See also Fighting in the captain’s tower
  333. Sugar Baby
  334. Summer Days (“Love and Theft”)
  335. Sweetheart like you
  336. Talking Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues.  See also La Mancha Is Blowing In The Wind
  337. Talkin Hava Negeilah blues
  338. Talkin’ John Birch Society Blues (Paranoid Blues)
  339. Talkin’ World War III Blues
  340. Tangled up in blue   “Figurative Language in Blood on the Tracks”  and also  The Ghosts Of Electricity: Bob Dylan And Symbolism
  341. Tangled Up in Blue: the “Real Live” version
  342. Tears of Rage
  343. Tell me it isn’t true
  344. Tell me 
  345. Tell Ol’ Bill   See also Blake, Keats, And Spots Of Ink: Spinning Reels Of Rhyme
  346. Tell Ol Bill: roots in a blues ballad, rhymes from the Romantic poets
  347. Tempest    See also Fighting in the captain’s tower  and Deadwood and Deadman
  348. Temporary Like Achilles
  349. “The Groom’s Still Waiting at the Alter”.
  350. The Levee’s Gonna Break
  351. The Levee’s Gonna Break / Rain on Love. Reconsidering Dylan’s song.
  352. The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll
  353. The Man in Me
  354. The Times they are a-Changing
  355. The Wandering Kind
  356. The Wicked Messenger  See also The Tale Of The Wicked Messenger And The Faithful Servant
  357. Thief on the cross
  358. Things have changed – review revised and extended 2016
  359. This Dream of You
  360. This Wheel’s on Fire
  361. Three Angels
  362. Thunder on the Mountain
  363. Thunder on the Mountain: It’s a cruel world in Bob Dylan’s song.
  364. Time to end this Masquerade
  365. Trouble in Mind
  366. Tight Connection to my heart
  367. Til I fell in love with you
  368. Time passes slowly  – revised 30 August 2015.
  369. Tin Angel
  370. Tiny Montgomery 
  371. To be alone with you
  372. To fall in love with you
  373. To Ramona
  374. Tombstone Blues  See also La Mancha Is Blowing In The Wind
  375. Tomorrow is a long time
  376. Tonight I’ll be Staying Here With You
  377. Too Much of Nothing – revised 4 October 2016
  378. Tough Mama
  379. Tragedy of the Trade
  380. Trouble
  381. Trying to get to heaven  See also Bob Dylan Paints his Masterpiece
  382. True Love Tends to Forget
  383. Trust Yourself
  384. TV Talking Song
  385. Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum
  386. Tweeter and the Monkey Man
  387. Unbelievable  See also Bob Dylan Has His Blake  and The Land Of Milk And Honey
  388. Under the red sky  See also Bob Dylan Has His Blake  and Dylan On Dylan
  389. Under your spell
  390. Union Sundown
  391. Up to Me
  392. Visions of Johanna: the original review
  393. Visions of Johanna: the Old Crow Medicine Show version
  394. Waiting for you
  395. Waiting to get beat
  396. Walking Down the Line
  397. Walls of Red Wing
  398. Whatcha Gonna Do? 
  399. Watching the river flow
  400. Watered down love
  401. We better Talk this Over
  402. Wedding song
  403. Well, well, well.
  404. Went to see the gypsy  See also Blake, Keats, And Spots Of Ink: Spinning Reels Of Rhyme
  405. What can I do for You?
  406. What good am I?
  407. What was it you wanted?
  408. What’s going on here?
  409. When I paint my masterpiece
  410. When the night comes falling from the sky
  411. When the ship comes in
  412. When you gonna wake up?
  413. When He returns
  414. When the deal goes down
  415. When the deal goes down & Huck’s Tune/ Bob Dylan believes in God
  416. Where are you tonight?
  417. Where teardrops fall
  418. Where were you last night?
  419. Who killed Davey Moore?
  420. Who loves you more?
  421. Wiggle wiggle
  422. Wigwam and Woogie Boogie
  423. Wilbury Twist
  424. Winterlude
  425. With God on our Side  See also The Tale Of The Wicked Messenger And The Faithful Servant
  426. Woogie Boogie and Wigwam
  427. Working Man’s Blues #2
  428. Workingman’s blues # 2 A very personal interpretation
  429. Ye shall be changed
  430. Yonder comes sin
  431. You ain’t going nowhere
  432. You Angel You
  433. You changed my life
  434. You took my breath away
  435. You wanna ramble
  436. You’re a big girl now  See also “Figurative Language in Blood on the Tracks”
  437. 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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23 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. 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.

  19. And another mistake: One More cup of Coffe is written (only, en solitario) by Bob Dylan, so the music as the words. Levy doesn´t appear NEVER.
    Your mistakes surprise too much to me.

  20. TonyAttwood says:

    Ines, if you are going to correct my mistakes that is fine – I always admit that I make them. But you might care to cite your sources. Heylin, whom I have often shown to be wrong by giving evidence of my own, writes thus about Romance…
    “According to Levy, the bulk of the Romance in Durango lyric is his…. When he presented the finished lyric to Dylan in the morning, it prompted a semi-serious retort from the main man, “I can’t leave you for a minute.” If he was annoyed, he didn’t let it affect his appreciation of the results.”

    Like I say, by all means correct my errors – I welcome that – but please provide a little evidence or details of your source material along the way.

  21. Chris Tillam says:

    Hey, Tony,
    love your work: just discovered the site, after a group of poetry readers I’m part of have nominated Dylan for this month’s reading.

    One of my choices for the reading is … “Song To Woody”.

    All the best

  22. TonyAttwood says:

    Chris, thank you so much for your kind comments. But yes, it seems at a quick glance Song to Woody is missing. How did I manage that?
    I will put matters right – hopefully today.

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