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Bob Dylan And The Symbolism Of The Red River

by Larry Fyffe In the Canadian version of the song “Red River Valley”, a soldier leaves behind his French/Indian “half-breed” maiden in Manitoba: Says she in the lyrics thereto: So come sit by my side if you love me Do … Continue reading

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What was Dylan writing about at the turn of the century? Chaos!

By Tony Attwood After writing and recording “Love and Theft” Bob Dylan entered another sparse period of song writing, and indeed much of the 21st century can be characterised in terms of a far less active periods of composition than … Continue reading

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Dylan’s Christian anthology 3: Black rider and Made up my mind

By Kevin Saylor Dylan’s Christian Anthropology: An exploration of Rough and Rowdy Ways. Part 1 – multitudes Dylan’s Christian Anthology part 2: False Prophet & My own version of you “I’ve Made Up My Mind to Give Myself to You”–in … Continue reading

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‘Cross The Green Mountain: Bob’s atmospheric monument

by Jochen Markhorst  When Dylan butterflies around his gypsy gal in the early sixties, the toddler Suzanne Vega is playing on the streets in the same Spanish Harlem. She may have fleetingly noticed the shabby folk hero back then, but … Continue reading

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Dylan’s Christian Anthology part 2: False Prophet & My own version of you

This article continues from Dylan’s Christian Anthropology: An exploration of Rough and Rowdy Ways. Part 1 – multitudes By Kevin Saylor Thematically, “False Prophet” shares some things in common with “Jokerman,” Dylan’s great song about messianism. The man who was … Continue reading

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Tioga Pass – another Dylan song now completed

When we find a Dylan song that has not had any music added, we put it on Untold and invite readers to submit their own musical performance of the song.  It is then listed on our index of songs, and … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan Obliquely: Rough And Rowdy Ways (Part II)

By Larry Fyffe The previous article in this series appears here: Bob Dylan Obliquely: Rough And Rowdy Dylan’s “Rough And Rowdy Ways” compilation of songs takes its title from the lyrics below: But I can’t give up my good old rough … Continue reading

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Oh Mr. Tambourine Man: I bet you’d never guess it could go this far

by Jochen Markhorst Mysterious musicians with hypnotic skills have been around since Orpheus, who is still the greatest of all; his divine arts on the lyra can already calm storm waves and ward off ferocious warriors, but his singing makes … Continue reading

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Dylan’s Christian Anthropology: An exploration of Rough and Rowdy Ways. Part 1 – multitudes

Publisher’s note: We are publishing a number of articles dealing sometimes with the individual songs from R&RW and sometimes with the whole album.  You will find an index to these articles and series in the Rough and Rowdy Ways page … Continue reading

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Dylan’s once only file: I defy you not to play this song twice. Or more.

by Tony Attwood In the “once only” file I am trying to find recordings of songs that Bob has played only once, but which absolutely stand out to me as amazing, set alongside other one-off performances that all have something … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan Obliquely: Rough And Rowdy

  by Larry Fyffe Bob Dylan makes a number of rather oblique tributes to songs on his “Rough And Rowdy Ways” album: Re: Crossing The Rubicon – Since she went away, the days grow long And soon I’ll hear old … Continue reading

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The art work of Bob Dylan’s Street-Legal, and secret of the cover’s location

By Patrick Roefflaer Released: June 15, 1978 Photographer: Howard Alk Photographer inner sleeve: Joel Bernstein Art-director: Tim Bryant and George Corsillo/Gribbitt   “How sexy he looks,” exclaimed my girlfriend, when she saw the cover of Street-Legal. That was probably exactly … Continue reading

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Every Grain Of Sand: From semi-related poetry to intoxicating melodies

by Jochen Markhorst Ich häng an dünnen Fäden Von der Unsichtbaren Hand So wie im Wind die Schwalbe Und wie jedes Körnchen Sand  (I’m hanging by a thread From the Invisible Hand As the swallow in the wind And like … Continue reading

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Play Lady Play: foreign language lady-Dylan like you have never heard.

By Aaron Galbraith and Tony Attwood Performance selection by Aaron; commentary by Tony If you’ve got to go Aaron: Following on from the Angela Aki version of Knockin On Heaven’s Door, which we both loved, I thought I’d look for … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan And Hosea

By Larry Fyffe Yahweh of the Old Testament employs harsh allegories in His depiction of the inhabitants of the divided Promised Land as though they be two whoring wives He’s married to – Northern Israel and Judea. Samaria to the … Continue reading

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Dylan’s once only file: You’re too late and the Old Rock n Roller

by Tony Attwood This new series (of which this is the third instalment) takes in songs that Bob has performed once and only once on stage. Two songs this time – first off “You’re too late” by Lefty Frizzell. William … Continue reading

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Wagon Wheel & Sweet Amarillo. Finishing unfinished Bob-bits.

Wagon Wheel (1973) by Jochen Markhorst The film Wayne’s World is the debut of Mike Myers and at the time of its release, in 1992, a huge commercial success. The reviews are mostly positive and that’s remarkable; much more than … Continue reading

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Never Ending Tour, 1992 part 3: All the friends I ever had are gone

By Mike Johnson (Kiwipoet) At the end of 1992 Dylan released Good as I Been to You, an album of mostly traditional folk songs. The album was well received, better than Under the Red Sky, and he was to follow … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan: Symbolism Of The Weeping Willow Tree

by Larry Fyffe Keeping to his lusty character, Zeus, the Olympian God of Thunder (who’s overthrown the gigantic Titan Saturn) falls in love with a tree dryad; in a fit of jealousy Hera, the wife of Zeus, transforms the dryad … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan 1997/8: that oh so very, very clear theme

The full index for this series appears here. The most recent articles covering this decade 1990s 1990: The rebirth of protest before the end of all songs Bob Dylan’s songwriting1991- 1996: the end of everything By Tony Attwood For Bob, … Continue reading

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