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Lily, Rosemary, And The Jack Of Hearts: revealing the source of this and other Dylan songs.

  by Larry Fyffe Likely unknown to many of our readers, a number of songs written by Bob Dylan have a connection to Canadian geography and history. Here’s a spiritual that goes back to the time of the formal ending … Continue reading

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F. Scott Fitzgerald And Bob Dylan, The Great Gatsby and Summer Days

F. Scott Fitzgerald And Bob Dylan, The Great Gatsby by Larry Fyffe Often thought by music critics to be the disconnected ramblings of a Post Modern madman, Dylan’s song lyrics, as in those presented below, take listeners on a magical … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan Sitting on a Barbed Wire Fence preparing for Tom Thumb.

By Tony Attwood In my experience a lot of people who earn their living out of words have the ability to create streams of narrative at the drop of a hat.  Many actors can improvise dialogue that their character might … Continue reading

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Is Bob Dylan Good Or Bad?

by Latty Fyffe In his song lyrics and music, Bob Dylan grapples with the big philosophical question: what is ‘good’ and what is ‘evil’, – on the more personal level, what is the ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ thing to do in any … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan’s forgotten masterpieces: eight more works of brilliance

By Tony Attwood A year or so ago I wrote a little article about Dylan’s forgotten masterpieces that have been reviewed here.  This morning, I thought I’d do another list without looking up the old list, just to see if … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan And Lucien Ducasse: The Maldoror

Bob Dylan And Lucien Ducasse: The Maldoror by Larry Fyffe The writings of Lucien Ducasse have a strong influence on the Romantic- Symbolist poets, and on the less Romantic-inclined poets of Surrealism. Ducasse borrows from the gloomy images of the … Continue reading

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Walls of Red Wing: the meanings and origins of Bob Dylan’s song

by Tony Attwood For me, “Walls of Red Wing” is a plodding protest song about the fact that whether you end up rich and famous or locked up in a prison, or indeed a reform centre for naughty school boys, … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan and The Heart Of Darkness

Bob Dylan And The Heart Of Darkness by Larry Fyffe The French Symbolists poets are the offspring of earlier Romantic poets who envision the material world as a manifestation of a mysterious vilalistic force that drives the Universe. As inhabitants … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan’s “Please Mrs Henry”. How did this get written just before the masterpieces?

by Tony Attwood Please Mrs Henry was recorded (and thus probably written) within this sequence of songs Please Mrs Henry Lo and behold Crash on the Levee Dress it up, better have it all I’m not there You ain’t going nowhere … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan And Ray Bremser : Post-Modernism

  by Larry Fyffe Bob Dylan mixes medicine in a Romantic cauldron that brings on dreams of the past, and of the future. He mixes in a dose of Post-Modernist cyanide-cynicism to produce dark visions of chaos and confusion. The … Continue reading

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2011/12: the final works of Bob Dylan the master composer

By Tony Attwood Was this really the final set of new compositions from Bob Dylan the songwriter?   If so, after such a lifetime’s outpouring of work, it seems an awesome thought. But at the time of writing this little … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan And Gregory Corso: The Owl Of Minerva And The Skylark

  by Larry Fyffe In Greek mythology, the Sun-God, who is the son of Zeus, the God of Thunder, is Paean (Apollo), known for his music. The following free verse of Gregory Corso’s poetry pitches black-humour. It’s an assonantal and … Continue reading

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Tempest: Dylan’s final epic is not necessarily what you might imagine, or maybe it is.

By Tony Attwood Tempest is the final song written by Bob Dylan and recorded in a mainstream album, to be reviewed on this site.  I didn’t deliberately leave it until last, but it seems a fitting place to finish – … Continue reading

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Is It Luck Or Is It God? Bob Dylan’s trials and tribulations of human existence

  by Larry Fyffe Dogmatic true believers notwithstanding, Bob Dyan keeps to his individualistic visions of the trials and tribulations of human existence in a very mysterious Universe. He finds the inspiration to try to be good in the teachings … Continue reading

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Dylan’s Scarlet Town decoded; from the nursery to Johanna, from Tangled up to Set em up Jo.

By Tony Attwood The world can look ok, because we see it like this every day, but peel back the curtains and you find something completely different.  Something awful lurks outside, but we see it every day and so pretend … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan: Fire And Desire: Love And Sex

  By Larry Fyffe The ancient Greeks for one consider the physical world of nature to be composed of four basic elements: earth, air, water, and fire. From this primitive ‘science’ develops the Elizabethan ‘psychology’ of the four ‘humours’. In … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan and James Joyce: making the old new again

Bob Dylan And James Joyce by Larry Lyffe Before James Joyce reacts against the idealized love expressed in Elizabethan poetry and prose , as well as against the prudishness of Victorian writers, he first pays a young man’s tribute to … Continue reading

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What could kick start Bob Dylan’s creativity once more?

By Tony Attwood If you have ever taken a quick glance at the Chronology Files on this site (see for example Dylan in the 60s) what may well strike you are two things. First Bob Dylan has had periods of … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan’s songs of 2008/9: It’s all good, if you hear what he’s saying.

by Tony Attwood Bob had written nothing since the collection of songs of 2005/6 when he started up again with Life is Hard in 2008; a slow movie song that had no connection with the rest of the songs that were to … Continue reading

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I feel a change coming on: Bob Dylan, James Joyce, and Billy Joe Shaver

By Tony Attwood This is a Bob Dylan puzzle in the purest form of puzzles.  It’s either something or nothing or both or neither.  No, hang on, that last one isn’t possible.   It’s something or nothing or both something … Continue reading

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