- Hero Blues: the song that almost replaced the magnificent “One to Many Mornings”
- Kingsport Town: Dylan in 1962 looking back to the traditions of the travelling singer
- “Walkin Down the Line” by Bob Dylan. Everyone seems to have recorded their own version
- Paths of Victory: various versions of Dylan’s song, and a sousaphone
- Quit your Lowdown Ways: a major hit for Bob Dylan, although now somewhat forgotten
- Bob Dylan’s Rambling Gambling Willie: three versions including one masterpiece.
- Dylan in 1961: the overview
- Hard times in New York Town; Dylan re-writing rural classics for the urban chic.
- Man on the Street. Bob Dylan’s reworking of the 19th century ballad.
- Talkin Hava Negeilah blues: Bob Dylan being silly? Or making a point?
- Talkin Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues: Dylan’s first song of note?
- Got My Mind Made Up: Dylan re-writes Petty, but what does it mean?
- I will love Him: Bob Dylan announces the second coming is getting close
- “Rock em dead”: Dylan and the gang having fun on stage, and well worth a listen.
- “Sweetheart like you”: deep meanings or general observations inside Dylan’s song?
- License to kill: Bob tells us the moon landings were not such a good idea.
- Yonder comes sin: Dylan’s abandoned (but so exciting) extravaganza.
- Need a woman: prepared by Dylan, transmuted by Cooder, as Bob enters his post-Christian world
- In the summertime. Is Dylan slowly revealing his movement away from the faith?
- Clean Cut Kid: one of the few anti-war songs by Bob Dylan
- I and I: God finds out Dylan thinks He maybe isn’t almighty after all.
- Under your spell: one of Bob Dylan’s stranger collaborations
- Shake: Bob Dylan’s 12 bar blues for Farm Aid
- “Never gonna be the same again” If this is the price of “Dark Eyes” I’d pay it 1000 times over.
- Spirit on the water: Dylan borrows from God, Sonny Boy Williamson, and Ovid.
- Waiting to get beat: Dylan goes Ska
- “Tragedy of the trade”: the background (and maybe source) to the Dylan and Goffin song
- “Howlin at your window” – we’ve found one of Bob Dylan’s most obscure songs
- “Well, well, well.” If you have never heard this Dylan song, listen now
- Emotionally yours: the meaning behind the music and the lyrics
- Trust Yourself: the absolute renunciation of Dylan’s Christian era.
- “I’ll remember you”: how Dylan’s experiments brought him to this song
- “Are You Ready?” The Christian side of Positively Fourth Street.
- Let Me Die in My Footsteps: was this Dylan’s first masterpiece?
- “What can I do for you?” Bob Dylan’s journey into pre-ordained certainty
Indexes and reference pages
- A classification of Dylan’s songs
- About the author
- About the reviews
- Articles on Bob Dylan
- Dylan anniversaries
- Dylan songs of the 1960s
- Dylan songs of the 1970s
- Dylan songs of the 1980s
- Dylan songs of the 1990s
- Dylan songs of the 21st century
- Dylan’s Opening Lines: an index
- Untold Dylan: “I’ll let you be in my dream if I can be in yours”
Author Archives: Tony Attwood
By Tony Attwood When I began writing reviews of Dylan’s songs I had no thought that I would reach a situation in which it would be necessary to review a whole group of songs together to make sense of them … Continue reading
By Tony Attwood Some 45 years on, working through the first LP of the original Blonde on Blonde album is a bemusing and confusing affair. There’s the knock about Rainy Day Women as an opening track – a scene setter, … Continue reading
There are two ways to interpret a song like this: by trying to find a meaning in the words, or by trying to link the title to something that may be significant about. Our normal third route (considering the music) … Continue reading
“If Not for You” was released in 1970. The Dylan version comes from “New Morning”. Shortly after that George Harrison released a version. It is a song that Dylan also recorded with George Harrison, and which he has often performed … Continue reading
By Tony Attwood First, a confession. When I bought Blonde on Blonde on its release, I ran through the songs and then settled down to play tracks three and four of side one, over and over and over again. I … Continue reading
By Tony Attwood How many Dylan songs can you name which have a chorus consisting of the title sung over and over again? “How does it feel?” comes up twice on “Like a Rolling Stone”, but for the moment I … Continue reading
Why? What’s the point? Well we can speculate, but they were just songs that came out from Dylan during a very fruitful period of songwriting, and not everything can be Desolation Row. The lyrics change from version to version. Dylan … Continue reading
By Tony Attwood “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight” was recorded in the autumn of 1967 by Bob Dylan and released on the John Wesley Harding album. Before we get anywhere near the analysis of the song it is worth noting … Continue reading
By Tony Attwood Can you perform a 12 bar blues using a trombone, tuba, piano, bass, percussion, and a constant tambourine sitting on each and every beat? And a load of extras shouting interruptions and comments too? Well, yes, here … Continue reading
By Tony Attwood By no means Bob Dylan’s only nursery rhyme, but probably the only one to get to number one in the charts when re-recorded. Nursery rhymes (and it was Bob who called it a nursery rhyme remember) can … Continue reading
By Tony Attwood From as early as 1963 Dylan was highly engaged in writing “lost love” songs with an extra edge. “Lost Love” was defined by the English academic Professor Keith Swanwick of London University Institute of Education as one … Continue reading
By Tony Attwood One of the many reasons why “One too many mornings” stands out is that its original release placed it straight after that questioning, probing, aggressive song, “With God on Our Side.” Two songs could hardly more different. … Continue reading
By Tony Attwood In a 1966 interview Dylan said, “It’s not just pretty words to a tune or putting tunes to words… [It’s] the words and the music [together]—I can hear the sound of what I want to say. And … Continue reading
By Tony Attwood Bob Dylan’s third farewell ending, in as many albums. Restless Farewell, It Ain’t Me Babe, and now It’s all over, written early in 1965. Utterly amazingly it seems that Baby Blue, Tambourine Man, Gates of Eden and … Continue reading
By Tony Attwood It is strange where research can take you. Let me start from a simple observation: I think Dylan’s recording of this song is awful. If you are going to take a song very slowly and have a … Continue reading
By Tony Attwood Dylan has a history of writing about the intellectually, socially and metaphorically lost, and when he does so he can be utterly vicious. The person to whom “Like a Rolling Stone” is sung is one such example. … Continue reading
By Tony Attwood If I could be given something impossible, just once, I would ask for the studio tape of Maybe Someday, and the opportunity to remix it. Maybe it is just me, but this is a stunning masterpiece, spoiled … Continue reading
By Tony Attwood Silvio is one of those rarities – a Dylan song in which the lyrics were not written by Dylan. In this case they were written by Robert Hunter (of Grateful Dead fame). In fact Robert Hunter has … Continue reading
by Tony Attwood This is Dylan playing with images, showing us that lyrics can paint any picture, even against the simplest of musical textures. It is not that all you get is three chords – you get those chords … Continue reading
“You’ve got yesterday, today and tomorrow all in the same room, and there’s very little you can’t imagine not happening”. So said Dylan of this song, and to add to the mix he has performed and recorded many different versions: … Continue reading