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There are now over 450 song reviews on this site (scroll down to the foot of this page to see the list), along with around 150 other articles about the themes, influences and sources revealed in Bob Dylan’s work.  We also have a guide to the order in which songs were written, how one influenced another, and a series on Dylan’s creative processes.

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Recent articles by subject area…

In CREATIVITY (An index of these articles appears here)


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

In THEMES: (you also might find the Index to Poets and Themes interesting plus the Index to Themes, dealing with non-poetic themes in Dylan’s songs.)

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

The CHRONOLOGY file is now complete:  


Complete song 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. All you have to do is dream
  13. Angelina
  14. Angelina: the alternative view
  15. Apple Suckling Tree
  16. Are you ready?
  17. As I went out one morning
  18. Baby I’m in the mood for you
  19. Baby Please Don’t Go
  20. Baby Stop Crying
  21. Baby won’t you be my baby
  22. Ballad for a friend
  23. Ballad of a thin man  (See also Bob Dylan meet Mr Freud)
  24. The Ballad of Donald White
  25. The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest,
  26. Ballad of Hollis Brown
  27. Beyond here lies nothing
  28. Beyond the Horizon
  29. Ballad in Plain D
  30. Band of the Hand (It’s hell time man)
  31. Billy 1, 4, and 7 and the Main title theme – Billy the Kid
  32. Blind Willie McTell   See also The Arrows They Are A-flying
  33. Black Crow Blues
  34. Black Diamond Bay – original 2013 review
  35. Black Diamond Bay – alternative 2016 review
  36. Blessed is the name of the lord
  37. Blowing in the wind 
  38. Bob Dylan’s Blues 
  39. Bob Dylan’s Dream
  40. Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream  See also La Mancha Is Blowing In The Wind
  41. Boots of Spanish Leather
  42. Born in Time
  43. Brownsville Girl
  44. Buckets of Rain  See also “Figurative Language in Blood on the Tracks”
  45. Bye and bye
  46. Call Letter Blues
  47. Can you please crawl out your window?
  48. Can’t escape from you
  49. Can’t Wait  See also Bob Dylan Paints his Masterpiece
  50. Caribbean Wind
  51. Cat’s in the Well  See also Shakespeare’s In The Well
  52. Changing of the Guards
  53. Changing of the Guards and the Tarot
  54. Chimes of Freedom   See also The Arrows They Are A-flying and The Bobby Horror Picture Show
  55. City of Gold
  56. Clean Cut Kid
  57. Clothes Line Saga   See also The Libel Case Of “Bob Dylan vs Bobbie Gentry” Settles Out Of Court
  58. Clothes line saga
  59. Cold Irons Bound   See also Bob Dylan Paints his Masterpiece
  60. Coming from the Heart (with Helena Springs)
  61. Congratulations
  62. Cool Dry Place
  63. Corrina Corrina
  64. Covenant Woman
  65. Cover Down
  66. Crash on the Levee (Down in the Flood)
  67. Cross the Green Mountain
  68. Cry a while
  69. Country Pie  See also Shakespeare’s In The Well  and also Bob Dylan meet Mr Freud
  70. Dark Eyes
  71. Day of the locusts
  72. Dead Man, Dead Man.
  73. Dear Landlord
  74. Death of Emmett Till
  75. Death is not the end
  76. 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
  77. The Devil’s been busy.
  78. Dignity
  79. Dirge
  80. Dirt Road Blues  See also Bob Dylan Paints his Masterpiece
  81. Dirty Lie
  82. Dirty World
  83. Disease of Conceit
  84. Do right to me baby
  85. Don’t ever take yourself away
  86. Don’t fall apart on me tonight
  87. Don’t Take Everybody to be your friend
  88. Don’t think twice
  89. Don’t ya tell Henry
  90. Down along the cove
  91. Down in the Flood (Crash on the levee)
  92. Down the Highway
  93. Dreamin of You
  94. Dress it up, Better have it all: Dylan’s incomprehensible song transcribed.
  95. Drifter’s Escape
  96. Drifting too far from shore
  97. Duquesne Whistle
  98. Early Roman Kings
  99. Emotionally yours
  100. Eternal Circle
  101. Every grain of Sand  See also Bob Dylan Has His Blake And Keats It Too
  102. Everything is broken
  103. Farewell Angelina
  104. Father of night
  105. Floater (Too much to ask)
  106. Foot of Pride
  107. Forever Young – Tony’s review    See also Blake, Keats, And Spots Of Ink: Spinning Reels Of Rhyme
  108. Forever Young – Dearbhla’s thoughts
  109. Forgetful Heart
  110. Fourth Time Around
  111. Gates of Eden
  112. Get your rocks off: the origins, the meanings and the future of Bob Dylan’s song
  113. Girl from the North Country
  114. George Jackson
  115. Go Way Little Boy
  116. God Knows
  117. Going Going Gone
  118. Golden Loom
  119. Gonna Change my Way of Thinking
  120. Got My Mind Made Up  See also The Libel Case Of “Bob Dylan vs Bobbie Gentry” Settles Out Of Court
  121. Gotta Serve Somebody
  122. Gypsy Lou
  123. Had a dream about you baby
  124. Handle with care
  125. Handy Dandy  see also Shakespeare’s In The Well 
  126. Hard Rain’s a gonna fall  See also The Bobby Horror Picture Show and Bob Dylan Under the Big Top
  127. Hard times in New York Town
  128. Hazel
  129. Heading for the Light
  130. Heart of Mine
  131. Heartland 
  132. Hero Blues
  133. High Water (for Charley Patton)
  134. Highlands   See also The Arrows They Are A-flying and Bob Dylan Paints his Masterpiece
  135. Highway 61 Revisited
  136. Honest with Me
  137. Honey just allow me one more chance
  138.  Huck’s Tune / When the deal goes down
  139. Howlin at your window.
  140. Hurricane
  141. I am a lonesome hobo
  142. I and I
  143. I and I / Bob Dylan – an alternative vision
  144. I believe in you
  145. I don’t believe you (She acts like we never have met)
  146. I dreamed I saw St Augustine  See also Deadwood and Deadman
  147. I feel a change coming on
  148. I must love you too much  See also Bob Dylan Has His Blake And Keats It Too
  149. I once new a man
  150. I pity the poor immigrant 
  151. I shall be free number 10.
  152. I shall be released
  153. I threw it all away  See also The Libel Case Of “Bob Dylan vs Bobbie Gentry” Settles Out Of Court
  154. I wanna be your lover
  155. I want you
  156. I will love Him
  157. I’m your teenage prayer
  158. Inside Out
  159. If I was a king
  160. If you belonged to me (With the Wilburys)
  161. I’ll remember you
  162. I’ll keep it with mine
  163. Idiot Wind  See also “Figurative Language in Blood on the Tracks”
  164. If dogs run free
  165. If not for you
  166. If you ever go to Houston
  167. If you gotta go, go now
  168. If you see her say hello
  169. I’ll be your baby tonight (original) I’ll be your baby tonight (second thoughts)
  170. I’m alright
  171. I’m not there
  172. In the garden
  173. In the summertime
  174. Is your love in vain?
  175. Isis
  176. It ain’t me babe
  177. It takes a lot to laugh
  178. It’s all good
  179. It’s all over now baby blue
  180. It’s all right ma – 2015 review.
  181. It’s all right ma – 2013 review
  182. I want you
  183. Jesus is the one
  184. Jet Pilot
  185. Joey
  186. John Brown
  187. John Wesley Harding   See also Deadwood and Deadman
  188. Jokerman
  189. Jolene
  190. Julius and Ethel
  191. Just like a woman
  192. Just like Tom Thumb’s Blues
  193. Kingsport Town
  194. Knocking on heaven’s door  See also Bob Dylan Paints his Masterpiece
  195. Last night
  196. Lay Down Your Weary Tune   See also My Ruth’s in the Highlands”
  197. Lay Lady Lay
  198. Legionnaire’s Disease
  199. Lenny Bruce is Dead
  200. Leopard skin pill-box hat
  201. Let me die in my footsteps
  202. Let’s keep it between us
  203. License to kill
  204. Life is hard
  205. Like a Rolling Stone  See also Bob Dylan Under the Big Top
  206. Like a Ship
  207. Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts    See also The Ghosts Of Electricity: Bob Dylan And Symbolism.  And also Source Of Lily, Rosemary, And The Jack Of Hearts (Part III) and there again Lily O’Valley, Mary Magdalena, and The Jehovah of Hearts: Bob Dylan mixes up the medicine
  208. Living the blues
  209. Lo and behold
  210. Lonesome Day Blues
  211. Long and Wasted Years
  212. 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 
  213. Love Minus Zero  See also La Mancha Is Blowing In The Wind and The Bobby Horror Picture Show
  214. Love Rescue Me
  215. Love Sick
  216. Making a liar out of me
  217. Maybe someday
  218. Maggie’s Farm
  219. Make you feel my love
  220. Mama you been on my mind
  221. Man Gave Names to all the Animals
  222. Man of Peace
  223. Man in the Long Black Coat
  224. Man on the Street
  225. Marchin to the city
  226. Masters of War
  227. Meet me in the Morning  See also “Figurative Language in Blood on the Tracks”
  228. Million dollar bash
  229. Million Miles
  230. Minstrel Boy
  231. Mississippi (Tell Tale Signs) – reworked March 2015
  232. Moonlight:   See also My Ruth’s in the Highlands”
  233. More than Flesh and Blood (with a transcription of the lyrics)
  234. Most likely you go your way and I’ll go mine
  235. Most of the time
  236. Motorpsycho nightmare
  237. Mozambique
  238. Mr Tambourine Man  – the original review
  239. 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
  240. My back pages     See also  Bob Dylan’s “My Back Pages”. He was so much older then.
  241. My wife’s home town
  242. Narrow Way
  243. Need a woman
  244. Neighbourhood Bully
  245.  “Neighbourhood Bully: the heart of the matter”
  246. Nettie Moore
  247. Never gonna be the same again
  248. Never Say Goodbye
  249. New Dansville Girl
  250. New Blue Moon
  251. New Morning
  252. New Pony
  253. Ninety miles an hour down a dead end street
  254. No man righteous
  255. 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
  256. North Country Blues
  257. Nothing was delivered 
  258. No time to think
  259. 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!
  260. Not Dark Yet as poetry
  261. Obviously Five Believers  See also Bob Dylan Under the Big Top
  262. Odds and Ends
  263. Oh, Sister
  264. On a night like this
  265. On the road again
  266. On the Road Again as part of a sequence of songs,
  267. One for the road
  268. One more cup of coffee
  269. One more night
  270. One more weekend
  271. One of us must know
  272. One too many mornings
  273. Only a hobo
  274. Only a pawn in their game
  275. Open the Door Homer  See also Listen To The Dylanesque Whistle Blowing
  276. Outlaw Blues,   See also Bob Dylan alias the outlaw.
  277. Oxford Town
  278. Paths of Victory.
  279. Pay in Blood
  280. Peggy Day
  281. Percy’s Song
  282. Pledging my Time
  283. Please Mrs Henry   (See also Bob Dylan meet Mr Freud)
  284. Po Boy: a walk through the heritage of American culture with Bob Dylan
  285. Poor Boy Blues
  286. Political World
  287. Poor House
  288. Positively Fourth Street – See also Billy, Mistress Mary, And The Queen Of Hues: The Mystery Of W.H., Solved!
  289. Precious Angel
  290. Pressing on
  291. Property of Jesus
  292. Queen Jane Approximately  See also Bob Dylan Under the Big Top
  293. Quinn the Eskimo – The Mighty Quinn
  294. Quit your Lowdown Ways
  295. Rainy Day Women
  296. Ramblin Gamblin Willie
  297. Red River Shore
  298. Restless Farewell   See also The Arrows They Are A-flying
  299. Ring Them Bells
  300. Rita May
  301. Rock em dead
  302. Rocks and Gravel
  303. Roll on John See also The Arrows They Are A-flying and Bob Dylan Has His Blake 
  304. Rollin and Tumblin
  305. Rollin’ and tumblin’ / Someday Baby:  Bob Dylan and how women always will get in the way
  306. Romance in Durango
  307. Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands  See also Bob Dylan Paints his Masterpiece
  308. Sara
  309. Sarah Jane
  310. Sante Fe
  311. Saved
  312. Saving Grace
  313. 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
  314. See that my grave is kept clean
  315. Seeing the real you at last
  316. Señor,(Tales of Yankee Power) 
  317. Series of Dreams
  318. Seven Curses
  319. Seven Days
  320. Seven Deadly Sins
  321. Shake
  322. Shake Shake Mama
  323. She Belongs to Me  see also The Libel Case Of “Bob Dylan vs Bobbie Gentry” Settles Out Of Court
  324. She’s my baby
  325. She’s your lover now
  326. Shelter from the storm  See also “Figurative Language in Blood on the Tracks”
  327. Shooting Star
  328. Shooting Star and Jimi Hendrix
  329. Shot of Love
  330. Sign Language
  331. Sign on the cross
  332. Sign on the window
  333. Silent Weekend
  334. Silvio
  335. 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 
  336. Sitting on a barbed wire fence
  337. Slow Train
  338. Solid Rock
  339. Someday Baby – Modern Times
  340. Someday Baby – Tell Tale Signs
  341. Someday Baby / Rollin’ and tumblin’ / Bob Dylan and how women always will get in the way
  342. Someone’s got a hold of my heart
  343. Something there is about you.  See also My Ruth’s in the Highlands”
  344. Something’s burning baby
  345. Song to Woodie
  346. Soon After Midnight
  347. Spanish Harlem Incident
  348. Spirit on the water:
  349. Standing in the doorway  See also Bob Dylan Paints his Masterpiece
  350. Standing on the highway
  351. Stop now
  352. 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!
  353. Subterranean Homesick Blues – updated March 2015.  See also Fighting in the captain’s tower
  354. Sugar Baby
  355. Summer Days (“Love and Theft”)
  356. Sweetheart like you
  357. Talking Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues.  See also La Mancha Is Blowing In The Wind
  358. Talkin Hava Negeilah blues
  359. Talkin’ John Birch Society Blues (Paranoid Blues)
  360. Talkin New York 
  361. Talkin’ World War III Blues
  362. Tangled up in blue   “Figurative Language in Blood on the Tracks”  and also  The Ghosts Of Electricity: Bob Dylan And Symbolism
  363. Tangled Up in Blue: the “Real Live” version
  364. Tears of Rage
  365. Tell me it isn’t true
  366. Tell me 
  367. Tell Ol’ Bill   See also Blake, Keats, And Spots Of Ink: Spinning Reels Of Rhyme
  368. Tell Ol Bill: roots in a blues ballad, rhymes from the Romantic poets
  369. Tempest    See also Fighting in the captain’s tower  and Deadwood and Deadman
  370. Temporary Like Achilles
  371. “The Groom’s Still Waiting at the Alter”.
  372. The Levee’s Gonna Break
  373. The Levee’s Gonna Break / Rain on Love. Reconsidering Dylan’s song.
  374. The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll
  375. The Man in Me
  376. The Times they are a-Changing
  377. The Wandering Kind
  378. The Wicked Messenger  See also The Tale Of The Wicked Messenger And The Faithful Servant
  379. Thief on the cross
  380. Things have changed – review revised and extended 2016
  381. This Dream of You
  382. This Wheel’s on Fire
  383. Three Angels
  384. Thunder on the Mountain
  385. Thunder on the Mountain: It’s a cruel world in Bob Dylan’s song.
  386. Time to end this Masquerade
  387. Trouble in Mind
  388. Tight Connection to my heart
  389. Til I fell in love with you
  390. Time passes slowly  – revised 30 August 2015.
  391. Tin Angel
  392. Tiny Montgomery 
  393. To be alone with you
  394. To fall in love with you
  395. To Ramona
  396. Tombstone Blues  See also La Mancha Is Blowing In The Wind
  397. Tomorrow is a long time
  398. Tonight I’ll be Staying Here With You
  399. Too Much of Nothing – revised 4 October 2016
  400. Tough Mama
  401. Tragedy of the Trade
  402. Trouble
  403. Trying to get to heaven  See also Bob Dylan Paints his Masterpiece
  404. True Love Tends to Forget
  405. Trust Yourself
  406. TV Talking Song
  407. Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum
  408. Tweeter and the Monkey Man
  409. Unbelievable  See also Bob Dylan Has His Blake  and The Land Of Milk And Honey
  410. Under the red sky  See also Bob Dylan Has His Blake  and Dylan On Dylan
  411. Under your spell
  412. Union Sundown
  413. Up to Me
  414. Visions of Johanna: the original review: see also Bob Dylan And Bottichelli, DaVinci, Delacroix, Duchamp, Picasso, And Van Gogh
  415. Visions of Johanna: the Old Crow Medicine Show version
  416. Waiting for you
  417. Waiting to get beat
  418. Walking Down the Line
  419. Walls of Red Wing
  420. Whatcha Gonna Do? 
  421. Watching the river flow
  422. Watered down love
  423. We better Talk this Over
  424. Wedding song
  425. Well, well, well.
  426. Went to see the gypsy  See also Blake, Keats, And Spots Of Ink: Spinning Reels Of Rhyme
  427. What can I do for You?
  428. What good am I?
  429. What was it you wanted?
  430. What’s going on here?
  431. When I paint my masterpiece
  432. When the night comes falling from the sky
  433. When the ship comes in
  434. When you gonna wake up?
  435. When He returns
  436. When the deal goes down
  437. When the deal goes down & Huck’s Tune/ Bob Dylan believes in God
  438. Where are you tonight?
  439. Where teardrops fall
  440. Where were you last night?
  441. Who killed Davey Moore?
  442. Who loves you more?
  443. Wiggle wiggle
  444. Wigwam and Woogie Boogie
  445. Wilbury Twist
  446. Winterlude
  447. With God on our Side  See also The Tale Of The Wicked Messenger And The Faithful Servant
  448. Woogie Boogie and Wigwam
  449. Working Man’s Blues #2
  450. Workingman’s blues # 2 A very personal interpretation
  451. Ye shall be changed
  452. Yonder comes sin
  453. You ain’t going nowhere
  454. You Angel You
  455. You changed my life
  456. You took my breath away
  457. You wanna ramble
  458. You’re a big girl now  See also “Figurative Language in Blood on the Tracks”
  459. 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.

About the author: TonyAttwood.info

What is on the site

1: Over 450 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


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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