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


Bob Dylan won the Nobel prize for literature 2016; the first ever singer-songwriter to win the prize.

On this site we examine the music, the meanings; the interpretations, the analysis of his work.

Over 300 Dylan song reviews on the site, and over 325,000 page views in the last year.  Thank you, everyone, for your interest in this venture.

Publisher’s Update: 23 October 2016


The Discussion Group

We now have a discussion group “Untold Dylan” on Facebook.  Just type the phrase in, on your Facebook page or go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/254617038225146/

The Chronology Files

There are reviews of Dylan’s compositions from all parts of his life, up to the most recent writings, but of late I have been trying to put these into chronological order, and fill in the gaps as I work.

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

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

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