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Take What You Have Gathered From Coincidence: Bob Dylan (Part 1) (And more Duncan and Jimmy)

  by Larry Fyffe In some of his song lyrics, Bob Dylan tosses in a koan, or paradoxical riddle for listeners to solve: Duncan And Jimmy walk side by side Nobody walks between them Duncan And Jimmy walk side by … Continue reading

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Florida Key: Bob Dylan throws a curved ball in sad lost love

By Tony Attwood Florida Key takes the lyrics of Bob Dylan and adds the music of Tayylor Goldsmith to give us a ballad.  A beautiful ballad.  A ballad very much worth listening to.  But still a ballad that gives me … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan’s Hard Rain’s a gonna fall. Behold desolate, battlefield poetry

A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall (1963) by Jochen Markhorst The English artist David Gray makes three rather unnoticed albums before becoming a millionseller in 1999 with his fourth album White Ladder. The single “Babylon” is a top hit, the song … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan And Mark Twain (Part II)

Bob Dylan And Mark Twain (Part I) is published here. By Larry Fyffe Though he composes a number of gospel songs that have an aura of seriousness, Bob Dylan is not beyond burlesquing sacred writings that are taken literally, rather … Continue reading

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Duncan and Jimmy – Bob Dylan’s poetic fragment turned into such enormous fun

By Tony Attwood By any analysis, Bob Dylan’s lyrics “Duncan and Jimmy” is best described as a fragment, an idea, a little something he dashed off while having a coffee and waiting for the next big song to pop along … Continue reading

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Lily, Rosemary And The Jack Of Hearts: it just has to sound good

by Jochen Markhorst It is not really Joan Baez’ forte, writing songs, but at least once she rises above herself: “Diamonds & Rust” from 1975 really is a wonderful song. Definitely on a musical level, although the beauty may be … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan’s Conversion to Mormonism

Bob Dylan’s Conversion To Mormonism by Larry Fyffe Not at all noticed by Dylanologists is that Bob Dylan gives hints in his song lyrics that he has coverted to the Mormon religion – a well-kept secret that does not escape … Continue reading

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“Golden Tom Silver Judas” Bob Dylan talks betrayal

By Tony Attwood Another song from the New Basement Tapes – you can find the full listing of the songs and links to all the reviews (which at the moment are not complete) by going to Dylan songs of the … Continue reading

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You’re A Big Girl Now; for Bob Dylan it’s rain, it’s pain.

You’re A Big Girl Now (1975) by Jochen Markhorst The Men In Black and a bunch of evil aliens are searching for ‘The Light’ of the planet Zartha, which eventually turns out to be a semi-divine creature in an attractive … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan and Ayn Rand

  By Larry Fyffe Frederich Nietzsche, a Dionysian neoRomantic in many ways, depicts contemporary society as possessing a ‘herd mentality’, a pessimistic place of conformity that puts any hopes of meritorious reward off until the aferlife -a ‘slave morality’ exists … Continue reading

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Kansas City: Dylan’s New Basement song that goes back to staggering heights

By Tony Attwood May I say from the start I utterly love this song and since discovering it, have played it over and over, time and time again. The lyrics are, by Dylan’s standards, simple, but it is what the … Continue reading

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You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go. Dylan does enamoured cheerfulness

by Jochen Markhorst “There’s a code in the lyrics,” Dylan says in 1978 about Blood On The Tracks in the interview with Jonathan Cott. The odd duck out among those encrypted, coded texts that supposedly dominate the album is “You’re … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and Alexander Pope: Give Me Somthing, Not Nothing

Bob Dylan, Fyodor Dostoevsky, And Alexander Pope: Give Me Somthing, Not Nothing by Larry Fyffe One interpretation of the song below is that Bob Dylan takes on the persona of a bespectacled student assigned to write a brief book report … Continue reading

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Down on the bottom. Bob Dylan lays down lines for later use.

By Tony Attwood Down on the bottom is the opening song of the New Basement Tapes collection of songs created by various artists using lyrics from a Bob Dylan notebook which is thought to have dated from 1967. In this … Continue reading

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Shelter From The Storm and the problem with undertakers

Shelter From The Storm (1975) by Jochen Markhorst To today’s readers, Charles Dickens (1812-1870) has a sometimes painful preoccupation with physical abnormalities. His novels are teeming with disfigured and flawed people, but at least there is often – but not … Continue reading

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The consequences of sequences in Bob Dylan’s writing of song

by Filip Łobodziński One of the most captivating things within this blog is the holistic perspective adopted. And one of its most striking features, enabling one to look at Bob Dylan as a universe of its own with many different … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan and Antonin Artaud

  by Larry Fyffe Singer/songwriter Bob Dylan naturally distances himself from Ezra Pound and his Imaginistic poems because of the American poet’s association with Fascism. Instead, he looks to Antonin Artaud, a French poet and dramatist who goes further than … Continue reading

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Liberty Street: Bob Dylan pulls the heartstrings of melancholia

By Tony Attwood Particular thanks to Michael Goldberg’s Culture Blog “Days of the Crazy Wild” for insights into this song. This is another song from the Lost on the River collection of Dylan lyrics that were left in notebooks and … Continue reading

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Meet Me In The Morning: at dawn at 56th and Wabasha

Meet Me In The Morning (1975) by Jochen Markhorst They are bad to the bone, the Three Witches in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. In the opening scene they forge their conspiracy, in the course of the drama they turn Macbeth’s head, make … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan: Marshall McLuhan Don’t Live Here No More (and there’s no time to think)

By Larry Fyffe According to preRomantic poet William Blake, taking his cue from ancient Greek ‘psychology’ (based on the elements of earth, wind, fire, and water), contempory Western society is out of tune with the Universe because the air, its … Continue reading

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