- 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?
- “What can I do for you?” Bob Dylan’s journey into pre-ordained certainty
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”
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by Tony Attwood Hero Blues is, to tell the truth, nothing special, and in my original list of compositions of 1962, I didn’t include it. It was only because I realised that Dylan had revived it some years later that … Continue reading
By Tony Attwood It is quite clear that during 1962 Dylan was exploring the various types of folk genre just to see what he could do with them, and included in the range of songs he experimented with he found … Continue reading
By Tony Attwood This is another Dylan song that appears in slightly differently guises on the Whitmark album and on Bootleg 1-3. A two chord song in which again Dylan manages to play the chords against the melody in a … Continue reading
by Tony Attwood There is of course no single agreed set of hymns to sing in Christian services, and so there are hundreds – probably thousands – of hardly used songs that turn up in some hymnals, and not in … Continue reading
by Tony Attwood It didn’t take long (once he got to writing full time) for the rest of the world to find out that one could do all sorts of things with Dylan songs, and “Quit your lowdown ways” – … Continue reading
By Tony Attwood The outsider, the outlaw, the loner, death. Four concepts that dominated Bob Dylan’s thinking about songs, as he moved away from the first experimental compositions of 1961 into the total flowering of his talent in the following … Continue reading
by Tony Attwood The four original songs that stand out from this year (the first in which we can recognise Dylan emerging as a singer/songwriter of note) consist of three humorous pieces and a commentary on the inhumanity of modern … Continue reading
by Tony Attwood The fourth and final song from Dylan in 1961 is “Hard Times in New York Town” which takes the melody, accompaniment and opening of “Down on Penny’s Farm” and then instead of making it about hard times … Continue reading
By Tony Attwood Dylan originally called this plaintive two chord song, “Old Man (John Doe”), a title which refers us back to a 19th century song which may have been by Fred J. Mackley or Walter Phoenix – opinion seems … Continue reading
By Tony Attwood Way back in my younger days, I taught a university undergraduate course “Art and the Environment”. The essence of the year long course (which covered all the arts) was that although some art work was carefully planned … Continue reading
By Tony Attwood In pulling together all the reviews on this site (getting on for 350 at the time I write this) and putting them into something that I think resembles the order in which they were written, I’ve now … Continue reading
By Tony Attwood I often wonder about the songs Dylan performs just once on stage (as with this one on 9 June 1986) and then leaves. Caribbean Wind, Can you Please Crawl out your Window, Handy Dandy, Lay Down … Continue reading
By Tony Attwood As I have tried to suggest through the reviews of Dylan’s Christian songs, he had a very particular vision of what it meant to be a Christian, and I am not sure that it is a view … Continue reading
By Tony Attwood Throughout 1984 and 1985 Dylan had worked on finding a new “voice” – a new way of writing music, another approach to move on to, as he had moved so many times before. During this period he … Continue reading
By Tony Attwood The more I have worked on this series of reviews of Dylan’s songs, the more I have reached the conclusion that while Dylan does often write about ideas and issues that concern him, and while he does … Continue reading
By Tony Attwood Why does Bob have this thing against the space exploration programme? Why does he believe that we are all doomed? While such a belief comes, I guess, out of both the Old and New Testament, when those … Continue reading
By Tony Attwood Much has been made of the extract from what would be, in a full performance, a 7 minutes 30 seconds epic. But there seems little certainty as to what was exactly going on here. Take for example … Continue reading
By Tony Attwood Musically the fun in this song comes with the changing rhythms and line lengths, but for me that is really what it is – a bit of fun playing about with rhythms and line lengths. The melody … Continue reading
by Tony Attwood Shot of Love has always seemed to me the album that opens the door to a return to secular compositions, after two very solidly Christian LPs. But as I will try and show in this review, it is … Continue reading
By Tony Attwood I have long known that for me, personally, there is something profoundly odd about the world-view of Clinton Heylin, but it was only when I started doing my background reading on Clean Cut Kid that I fully … Continue reading