- The Ballad Of Frankly And Joni
- Congratulations: Dylan and the Travelling Wilburys, plus the non-Dylan songs on the LP
- Billy, Mistress Mary, And The Queen Of Hues: The Mystery Of W.H., Solved!
- Bob Dylan’s “Tweeter and The Monkey Man”; the origins, the music and the meaning.
- Blake, Keats, And Spots Of Ink: Spinning Reels Of Rhyme
- Bob Dylan in 1977: the preparation work for “Not Dark Yet”
- Macavity Was There: The Untold Dylan Tapes
- “Heading for the light” and “Last Night”: Bob Dylan’s input into two Wilburys songs
- Bob Dylan in 1976: a year of pause and reflection
- TS Eliot, Ezra Pound, and Bob Dylan Fighting In The Captain’s Tower
- Bob Dylan in 1975: working with Jacques Levy
- Dirty World: The meaning and the music of Dylan’s song with the Wilburys
- You Can Be My Dream If I Can Be In Yours: Bob Dylan Meets Dr. Freud
- The Ghosts Of Electricity: Bob Dylan And Symbolism
- Bob Dylan’s “Death is not the end” Why?
- Time Passes Quickly: Bob Dylan and his eternal fight against time
- The Arrows They Are A-Flyin’: Bob Dylan Disguised As Robin Hood
- Bob Dylan’s Had a Dream About You Baby. The music, the meaning, the context
- My Ruth’s In The Highlands A-Chaffing The Corn: Dylan’s Idealization of Women.
- Lord protect my child: Bob Dylan takes a side step, just for a moment
- Bob Dylan Under The Big Top: The Clown Of Thorns
- Bob Dylan in 1974: the genius returns, and how!
- It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry: Figurative Language In ‘Blood On The Tracks’
- Bob Dylan’s Julius and Ethel: the accuracy of the story is not the point.
- 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.
Indexes and reference pages
- A classification of Dylan’s songs
- About the author
- About the reviews
- Bob Dylan year by year; decade by decade
- Bob Dylan’s Themes
- 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”
Category Archives: The Songs
It is not just the song “John Brown” that is a masterpiece – it is the performance that we have of it on MTV Unplugged. Indeed because that is the only performance I have ever heard of this song, the … Continue reading
By Tony Attwood The original review of Foot of Pride was written in 2009, one of the early reviews on this site. I’ve come back to in 2017 largely because in between we’ve created a list of all the … Continue reading
“Time out of mind” starts just about as low as you can imagine – “Love Sick” tells us the singer has had enough – enough not just of love, but of life. It is the ultimate farewell song. Except … Continue reading
Amidst all the moral relativism of Dylan, all the references to the fact that “you are right on your side, and I’m all right on mine”, all the comments about not following leaders, and the commentary that says that everyone … Continue reading
For me, to understand of Highlands, there needs to be a view of “Time out of mind”. While many Dylan songs can stand apart from the albums on which they make the first appearance, most of Time out of Mind … Continue reading
Here’s a simple thought: “What is Lay Lady Lay” about? There’s an oft-repeated story that when the Everly Brothers heard it they mistook it for a song about lesbians, and turned it down. That was based on a mishearing. With … Continue reading
By Tony Attwood (revised March 2013) What is it that makes Dylan stay with Maggie’s Farm? Hardly a tour goes by without it being wheeled out, it has been on over half a dozen albums and it was part of … Continue reading
Sometimes it is a little too easy to forget just how perfect some of the early Dylan works are, and that is why the demo version of Don’t think twice is so welcome on the “No Direction Home” album. Beautifully … Continue reading
In his interviews Dylan says that he wrote the Lenny Bruce song in about five minutes. Bruce died in 1966, and Dylan wrote the song around the time of the recording of Shot of Love in 1980. Dylan never expressed … Continue reading
You want a masterpiece from the old boy – here it is. Unexpected, it seems to have come out of nowhere after seven years. The opening seconds present a growl of uncertainty, before the guitar clicks in, and we have … Continue reading
Returning to the original version of Desolation Row after years of hearing it in live performances, is quite a shock. I recall a performance at Wembley where suddenly it became a dance number – and none the worse for that, … Continue reading
Subterranean Homesick Blues This was Dylan’s first successful attempt to integrate the emotions of the Beat Generation which he had understood from Alan Ginsberg and others combining the thoughts of the moment with three minutes of everything that was happening … Continue reading
The second of the two love songs from the first side of “Bringing it all back home” is infinitely more complex than “She Belongs To Me”. While musically it seems to be straightforward, the lyrics (and indeed the very title, … Continue reading
At times I think there are no words but these to tell what’s true. The problem with the CD version of “Bringing in all back home” is that if you have never owned the LP you don’t quite get the … Continue reading
There can be few opening chord sequences as distinctive as Dylan’s minor-4th, 5th, Tonic sequence which opens “Idiot Wind”. And there can be few opening lines to a song as distinctive as “Someone’s got it in for me, they’re printing … Continue reading
Numerous reference books suggest that Jokerman is one of Dylan’s masterpieces. A great poetic adventure that encapsulates everyone and everything from Ode to a Nightingale by John Keats (1884) to… well, anything you like. All mixed with a mature and … Continue reading
The Theme Time radio programmes resulted in at least one album: a double sided affair which includes “Don’t Take Everybody to be your friend” by Sister Rosetta Tharpe and the Sam Price Trio. Recorded in 1947 when Dylan must have … Continue reading
By Tony Attwood Isis. A song so revered that the longest running Dylan magazine is named after the song. But why – what is it in Isis that is so powerful, so overwhelmingly important in terms of the Dylan genre? … Continue reading
Below in the review of this song that I wrote in 2008. After that is an additional commentary added in March 2013. Changing of the Guards: first track on Street Legal, failed to make it as a single (presumably because … Continue reading
By Tony Attwood Dylan’s commentary on being dislocated from the world, while being within it – here but not here – spreads across a multiplicity of his songs. It wasn’t there at the start – Times they are a-changing dripped … Continue reading