Author Archives: TonyAttwood

Spanish Mary and the beggar man mystery. Bob Dylan uncompleted.

Spanish Mary is a song that one might associate very much with Dylan’s writing around the time of When the ship comes in (1963) although we are told that the notebook that includes the song comes from 1967.  Assuming 1967 is right … Continue reading

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Tiny Montgomery: the content subordinate, the approach scatological.

By Jochen Markhorst In 2017 he releases his 21st studio album, simply titled Robyn Hitchcock. It rightly receives good to enthusiastic reviews, is filled with beautiful songs, psychedelic pop and even a country song (“I Pray When I’m Drunk”), and … Continue reading

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Sir Robert Dylan And William Shakespeare

  By Larry Fyffe There is, as already pointed out, a school of academists who maintain that a goodly portion of Bob Dylan’s song lyrics are actually written by Christopher Marlowe. This error stems from the fact that a number … Continue reading

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“Nothing to it” Bob Dylan contemplates nilhilism in the 1960s.

By Tony Attwood “Nothing to it” is a song from “The New Basement Tapes ” the collection of lyrics jotted in a notebook in the 1960s, with music now added by a collection of the highly talented, and released as … Continue reading

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Even spontaneity had become a blind goat. Bob Dylan’s “Everything is Broken”

Jochen Markhorst “Everything Is Broken,” says Sam Shepard in an interview with Village Voice in 1992, “that’s a great song.” When Shepard dies in 2017, the media commemorate the talented playwright, acclaimed screenwriter and celebrated actor, but in Dylan circles … Continue reading

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“Gone but not forgotten.” The only place you will find the lyrics to this Dylan song

By Tony Attwood I started to review “Gone but not forgotten” but stopped because I was having such a problem with the words.   Larry and Aaron worked on the lyrics and came up with this – something it was necessary … Continue reading

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Who Actually Writes Bob Dylan’s Song Lyrics?

  by Larry Fyffe There has been an ongoing debate among academic scholars, and for some time now, that Bob Dylan, well known for his travels in space and time, is the author of only a few of the lyrics … Continue reading

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Gone But Not Forgotten: another Dylan oddity found, but your help is needed.

By Tony Attwood Aaron Gailbraith has been doing a great job recently as Untold’s official bloodhound, searching out unlisted Dylan compositions, and here he has found another one: Gone But Not Forgotten Below is the initial commentary on the song, … Continue reading

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Baby, Stop Crying: it really don’t matter how the record sells

Jochen Markhorst Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, the autobiography of Elvis Costello (2015), matches up to Chronicles, the memoirs of Bob Dylan. The tone is different, of course. Whereas with Dylan the atmosphere is often coloured by sepia tones, Costello … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan’s Little Log Cabin In The Rain

  by Larry Fyffe Often on one level in his lyrics, Bob Dylan explains how he comes up with a song: Well, I’m a stranger here in a strange land But I know this is where I belong I ramble … Continue reading

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“Married to my hack”. Bob Dylan’s close relationship with a journalist?

By Tony Attwood This is another of the “Lost on the River” tracks by “The New Basement Tapes” band.  Details of the origin of the songs, for which Bob Dylan wrote the words in the 1960s, and the band itself … Continue reading

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Dylan’s “It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)”. Versions that will turn you inside out.

Jochen Markhorst In October 2013 The Mercury News from San José reports that the building at 2066 Crist Drive, Los Altos, was granted historical monument status. The Los Altos Historical Commission has unanimously decided that the house with the attached … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan co-writes a song with William Shakespeare: Another exclusive Untold interview

  By Larry Fyffe Untold: So tell us, Bob, about the conservation you say you had with William Shakespeare. Bob: Well, I was in Mobile one time, guitar in hand, when I bumped into this fellow wearing pointed shoes and … Continue reading

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“When I get my hands on you” by Bob Dylan, Marcus Mumford and Taylor Goldsmith

By Tony Attwood With this composition I’m starting to look at the songs on Lost on the River by the band “The New Basement Tapes” which consisted of Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens, Taylor Goldsmith, Jim James and Marcus Mumford. Dylan’s input is a set of lyrics … Continue reading

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Dylan’s “Pledging my time”: moving on moving forward moving moving

Pledging My Time (1966) In the year 797 Charlemagne secretly sends a Frankish delegation with gifts to Baghdad, to Caliph Harun ar-Rashid, to make peace through the diplomatic way between the Arab and the Frankish Empire. Five years later, the … Continue reading

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Dylan Struggles with Shakespeare In The Tower Of ‘The Great Vowel Shift’

  by Larry Fyffe Those readers and listeners of Bob Dylan’s song lyrics who scoff at the idea that the American singer/songwriter includes autobiographical information in some of these lyrics will surely change their minds when faced with the following … Continue reading

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“Worth The Waiting For” by Bob Dylan and Dave Stewart. And a bit more fun.

By Tony Attwood The song “Worth The Waiting For” by Bob Dylan and Dave Stewart- appears on Stewart’s album The Blackbird Diaries… this is Dave Stewart, Bob’s long time friend who is perhaps most well known for being part of … Continue reading

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True Love Tends to Forget: Bob Dylan from here to here

Jochen Markhorst There are many reasons why we regret the premature death of Otis Redding, and “True Love Tends To Forget” is one of them. It’s not difficult to dream away in a fantasy how Otis would have handled this … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan And The Shakespearean Tambourine Rhyme Twist

By Larry Fyffe Bob Dylan presents in his song lyrics bits and pieces of  autobiographical material. The stories about his adventures as a time traveller are  particularly interesting – his journey back to the Elizabethan era, for instance: Well, Shakespeare, … Continue reading

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You Can Blow My Mind (if you want to) – Bob Dylan and Britta Lee Shain

By Tony Attwood Update: We found a recording – don’t know how long it will stay on line… http://www.radio4all.net/files/outofthewoodsradio@gmail.com/4461-2-OOTW2016-11-1902.mp3 It’s on a radio show and if you jump to 18 mins in the song starts…. Now back to the original commentary…. … Continue reading

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