- 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?
- 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?
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”
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
It doesn’t quite matter how you approach Foot of Pride, there’s something very odd about it. According to the booklet notes it is very rarely commented upon, and one can understand why. Apart from the fact that it never made … 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
And so, Isis. 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? Certainly it is … 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