- Bob Dylan in 1973: moving into the second round of unadulterated genius
- Bob Dylan’s Broken Hearts Club: a review of Blood on the Tracks
- “Tell me” by Bob Dylan; just a sketch that happened to be recorded.
- Bob Dylan in 1972. Still not writing much, but what he wrote gave a hint of what might come next…
- “Someone’s got a hold of my heart”: why Dylan might have decided to re-write it.
- Thief on the Cross: after 3 years of converting the fans this was Dylan’s last gospel song
- Jesus is the one: Bob Dylan off the rails
- Bob Dylan in 1971 – taking more time out but producing two brilliant songs.
- City of Gold: Bob Dylan goes gospel and is found by the Dixie Hummingbirds
- “Let’s keep it between us”: one of the astounding Dylan songs from a bumper year
- Dylan in 1970: a stuttering return to song writing.
- Dylan’s “Ain’t gonna go to hell for anybody” and the reason why the song doesn’t appear on Bob’s official site
- Bob Dylan in 1969: everything is lovely
- Dylan’s “Peggy Day”: a simple landscape too good to be true.
- Bob Dylan in 1968: as his country pulls itself apart, Dylan takes a year out.
- Dylan in 1967: a year of two (or maybe three) halves.
- Bob Dylan in 1966: the creation of a masterpiece, the decline into desperation
- Bob Dylan in 1965: the overview – the year Dylan invented two totally new forms of music.
- Dylan in 1964: the overview. Adding new themes to the repertoire
- Bob Dylan in 1963: the overview. Dylan the storyteller.
- Only a hobo; Dylan’s re-working of several traditional songs, finally rescued by Rod Stewart
- Bob Dylan’s compositions of 1962 and their themes: what was Dylan doing in his first prolific year?
- Whatcha Gonna Do? Dylan’s magnificent 1962 blues, once rushed, once perfect
- 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?
Indexes and reference pages
- A classification of Dylan’s songs
- About the author
- About the reviews
- Articles on Bob Dylan
- Bob Dylan year by year; decade by decade
- 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
by Tony Attwood 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 … 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