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California by Bob Dylan. An alternative to Outlaw Blues

by Tony Attwood I have no idea how many 12 bar blues Dylan has written in his career but I think there are quite a few of them.  Some are memorable and some are, well, not so memorable. “California” was … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan: Like Every Sparrow Falling

Bob Dylan: Like Every Sparrow Falling by Larry Fyffe Fed up with watching the Christian team drink from the Cup of the Golden Baal, singer/singwriter Bob Dylan turns to “Monty Python’s And Sigmund Freud’s Playbook Of Practical Advice” in search … Continue reading

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If you don’t know Dylan’s “Love is just a four letter word” you MUST hear this NOW

By Tony Attwood In writing these reviews I have found a few songs I have never heard before. But there are more songs I have heard, and then have forgotten – and suddenly I hear the song again and am … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan’s Ol’ Time Incongruous Log Cabin

Bob Dylan’s Ol’ Time Incongruous Log Cabin By Larry Fyffe The 1964 CBC-TV performance by Bob Dylan in a ‘log cabin’ is described by Clinton Heylin as “the most incòngruous of settings, a log cabin filled with working men pretending … Continue reading

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Denise Denise: Bob takes a break from the genius writing to have a laugh

By Tony Attwood The suggestion is that Dylan took the title from the song of the same name by Randy and the Rainbows – it was a hit the previous August, but of course sounds nothing like Bob’s song, which … Continue reading

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Concerning Bob Dylan’s conversion to Islam

Concerning Dylan’s Conversion To Islam by Larry Fyffe Time to settle the rumours, against the advice of our lawyers. Because stories are being planted in the mainstream press, ‘Untold’ has decided to reveal that, yes, Bob Dylan a few years … Continue reading

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“Guess I’m doing fine”: Dylan says, “Look at me I’m hurting”

By Tony Attwood To put this song in context we have to look at what Dylan had written at the end of 1963 – this is an unedited list (by which I mean I haven’t taken out the lesser known … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan Rides The Northern Lights (With Presley, McCartney, And Jagger)

  by Larry Fyffe In a vault at the Untold Dylan offices, gathering dust, we uncovered some sheet music with handwritten lyrics and notes by Bob Dylan. The lyrics to one of the songs: We were all just hangin’ around … Continue reading

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Troubled and I Don’t Know Why: Dylan sways back and forth between hope and despair

By Tony Attwood According to Heylin there is only one version of this song available, but I’ve found two, and I think they are different.  Not very different, but they are performed in different keys (one tone apart).  On the … Continue reading

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Zenon, Zanzinger, And Zimmerman In The North Country

  by Larry Fyffe After the privately-owned American Columbia Broadcasting System prohibits Bob Dylan from singing Woody Gruthie/Paul Robeson-inspired anti-fascist songs on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’, the young singer-songwriter ‘flees’ across the border to record a number of songs on … Continue reading

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The 20 sometimes forgotten Bob Dylan masterpieces that you can still find on line

By Tony Attwood What do I mean by forgotten?   Obviously not completely forgotten, since I’ve managed to pick up links to the songs on the internet so you can hear them if you don’t have your own copy.  But generally … Continue reading

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The Duquesne Whistle Blows That Love Is Not All In Vain

  BY Larry Fyffe A Christian theme is readily detected in the song lyrics of ‘Duquesne Whistle” by Bob Dylan: I can hear a sweet voice steadily calling Must be the mother of our Lord (Bob Dylan: Duquesne Whistle) Dylanologist … Continue reading

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You’ve been hiding too long. An utterly brilliant early Dylan gem you must hear

By Tony Attwood This post edited slightly on 7 Jan 2018 after a further thought suddenly struck me while I was playing the song over and over in my head This is one of the utterly, absolutely brilliant pieces of … Continue reading

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Bob Dionysus Turns Into A Blood-Thirsty Lion

  by Larry Fyffe That the Bible is selectively quoted by modern-day metaphorical ‘Assyrians’ and ‘Babylonians’ – those who idol worship coffers filled with gold and silver – is a theme found in a number of song lyrics by Bob … Continue reading

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New Orleans Rag: the meanings behind Bob Dylan’s early song

New Orleans Rag Between “Bob Dylan’s Dream” and “With God on our side” Dylan wrote a number of songs that ultimately, in most cases, were not used on any of the albums.  Songs such as Farewell Talkin Devil  All over … Continue reading

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God To The Devil, “Make My Day”: A Job Dylan Allegory

  By Larry Fyffe Bob Dylan covers a song that bespeaks the biblical Book of Job: There was a man in the land of Uz Whose name was Job A that man was perfect and upright And one that feared … Continue reading

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Ramblin Down Thru the World: Bob Dylan edges towards an instrumental

By Tony Attwood The 50th Anniversary Collection 1963 was the second Bob Dylan collection of songs that  Sony Music published with the idea of stopping recordings of Bob’s early songs from entering the public domain in Europe – which under EU law … Continue reading

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Dylan Deconstructed: He’s Inside Out, Upside Down, Right Side Up

  By Larry Fyffe You can’t say that singer/songwriter Bob Dylan doesn’t warn his listeners that the train’ll get lost – referencing himself and a cover song by the Beatles, he writes: Look down your drain pipe What colour do … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan “Going back to Rome”, again, and again, and again

By Tony Attwood Oh how Bob Dylan loves Italy.  From his reworking of “House Carpenter” (a traditional English balled known this side of the pond as “The Daemon Lover”)… Forsake, forsake your house carpenter And come away with me I’ll take … Continue reading

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Thus Spake Robert Zarathustraman: exploring Bob Dylan’s lyrics

  by Larry Fyffe Within the song lyrics of Bob Dylan is found a mixture of Zarathustrianism, Gnosticism, and Judeo-Christianity – the last, a mixture of the other cosmological visions. Broadly speaking, Zarathustrianism conceives of an external and almighty God … Continue reading

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