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Shirley Temple Don’t Live Here Anymore

By Tony Attwood The story surrounding this song is a little complicated but seems verified by the announcement made at the start of the track in the video below. The song started as a track called “Shirley Temple Don’t Live … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan and Arthur Rimbaud (Part III)

——————– Part One of this series appears here. Part Two of this series appears here By Larry Fyffe As previously mentioned, surrealistic poet Arthur Rimbaud refers to nursery rhymes of yore, more often than not twisting their themes.  In days … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan And  Arthur Rimbaud (Part II)

————- Bob Dylan And  Arthur Rimbaud Part 1 can be found here ————- By Larry Fyffe The French surrealist poet Arthur Rimbaud turns fairy tales and nursery rhymes up side down and inside out: His feet in the yellow flags, … Continue reading

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Big Dog; One’s Man’s Loss; Lock Your Door. 3 Dylan originals from the Complete Basement.

By Tony Attwood These are three songs from disk 2 of the Complete Basement Tapes set. Big Dog sounds an interesting song but we only get about 20 seconds of it with some sort of technical glitch in the middle.  … Continue reading

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Night after night / The Usual… the Bob Dylan song that comes with a public health warning

By Tony Attwood “Hearts of Fire” was a 1987 movie that was widely panned by critics and which I must admit at once I have not seen.  But I have searched around such reviews as are available and have not found … Continue reading

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Unreleased Dylan lyrics discovered in a Cave

. by Larry Fyffe . With all the rumours that we hear, the Untold Archaeology Department sent out our team of specialists to see if they could unearth any unreleased material by Bob Dylan. Though we cannot reveal the location, … Continue reading

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Ride This Train. Bob Dylan trucking on the road with perfection the next stop.

By Tony Attwood This 1986 recording, which came at the same time as the wonderful “To fall in love with you” comes from the year which I gave the name “Experiment Experiment Experiment Genius Ignore” for the article on this year. … Continue reading

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“If I Was A King”: Bob Dylan For Dummies

  By Larry Fyffe With a focus on the lyrics of his songs, Bob Dylan presents a narrative through them that is highly consistent. And it goes – The God of the Old Testament is a real tough-guy when He’s … Continue reading

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Jammin Me: Bob Dylan working with Tom Petty and Mike Campbell

By Tony Attwood Jammin Me is not recognised by BobDylan.com as a Dylan song, but he certainly was one of the three co-writers.  It was released on the Heartbreakers album “Let me Up (I’ve had enough)” and as a single. … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan And Emanuel Swedenborg (Part II)

Bob Dylan And Emanuel Swedenborg (Part II) by Larry Fyffe Many of the song lyrics of Bob Dylan show the influence of Emanuel Swedenborg, William Blake, and Edgar Allan Poe. Swedenborg envisions a separate spiritual world at odds with the … Continue reading

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The Very Thought of You: Bob Dylan continues the brief experiment of reusing old song titles.

By Tony Attwood To a certain degree this is a reworking of the 1973 composition “You angel you” although to be fair there are only certain elements of that original song which turn up here. This 1985 song that was … Continue reading

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The best cover versions of Dylan songs part 8

Compiled from readers’ suggestions by Tony Attwood.  Links to the previous suggestions are at the end.   Commentaries are my personal thoughts, not those of the readers who kindly suggested the songs for inclusion. 71: Tomorrow is a Long Time – … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan And Emanuel Swedenborg

  By Larry Fyffe The Romantic Transcendentalist poets (in particular, mystics Samuel Coleridge and John Keats) are influenced to varying degrees by the Christian Gnostic Emanuel Swedenborg. The Transcendental Romantics claim that the guiding voice of the Absolute One can … Continue reading

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See you later Allen Ginsberg (1 and 2). Tracing the origins of Bob Dylan’s joking around

By Tony Attwood To those of us of a certain age in England Bill Haley was our introduction to rock n roll, simply because it was sanitised enough to be broadcastable on the BBC (there were no commercial radio channels … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan And Edward Taylor

  by Larry Fyffe The lyrics of singer/songwriter Bob Dylan, as previously shown, deal with American history – its capitalist economics, puritanical religion, ardent militarism, and materialistic culture. The Puritans, with the deterministic doctrines – the ‘predestination’ belief that all … Continue reading

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“Straight A’s in Love” by Bob Dylan; and who was Johnny Appleseed?

By Tony Attwood Updated 8 May with the Andy and David Williams version of the song added with a copy of the lyrics from their recording.  Many thanks to David Thoburn. The song title “Straight A’s in love” (rather amusingly transmuted … Continue reading

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“Honey Wait for Me” Dylan’s forgotten 1984 proto-song

By Tony Attwood When is a song not a song? I suppose initially with this blog I thought that to be included herein it ought to be a song that Dylan completed, even if he then chose not to put … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan And Lucifer

  by Larry Fyffe In the Judeo-Christian Bible, the King of Babylon is compared to Lucifer – the King’s agonna fall because he rebels against the will of God Yahweh: How art thou fallen from heaven O Lucifer, son of … Continue reading

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The greatest recordings of Bob Dylan songs by everyone else. Part 7

Series edited by Tony Attwood Details of the earlier articles in this series are given at the end of the article.  If you want to add some more suggestions please do at the end of the article – although if … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan: Searching For Jesus

  By Larry Fyffe Following is a biblical reference to ‘Joanna’, a likely source for Bob Dylan’s “Visions of Joanna”. Given the tendency of the singer/songwriter to transgender his characters, Joanna is a good candidate as a substitute for Jesus … Continue reading

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