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The King of France; She’s on my mind again. Bob Dylan become incomprehensible

By Tony Attwood The King of France, Track 9 of disc six on the Basement Complete is another song in which Bob has a roughly worked out chord sequence, and an idea for a song – the King of France … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan: A Shot Of Love. The weaponry in Dylan’s songs

  By Larry Fyffe Quintessential to Americana be the issue of gun ownership. Of this fact, singer/songwriter Bob Dylan is well aware: I saw ten thousand talkers whose tongues were all broken I saw guns and sharp swords in the … Continue reading

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Pretty Mary: Bob Dylan nips back to a PPM song, and his own Farewell.

By Tony Attwood “Pretty Mary” on disc six of the Complete Basement Tapes is credited as a song composed by Bob Dylan, and the passing comments I have read about the song on Rolling Stone and elsewhere no one question … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan and Charles Baudelaire (Part V): Handy Dandy

———————- You might also enjoy Bob Dylan And Charles Baudelaire Bob Dylan And Charles Baudelaire (Part II): The Jack Of Arts Bob Dylan and Charles Baudelaire Part III Bob Dylan And Charles Baudelaire (Part IV) Dylan And The Devil   … Continue reading

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That’s the Breaks. Bob Dylan’s melancholia etched out for all to see.

By Tony Attwood There are around 22,000 pages listed on Google which have the phrase “That’s the Breaks” listed along with a mention of Bob Dylan.  Unfortunately 21,998 simply consist of a list of tracks, or a notice that the … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan: Paul Verlaine And Charles Perrault

By Larry Fyffe Revealed only by ‘Untold Dylan’, here’s a bunch of stuff overlooked by other examiners of Bob Dylan’s song lyrics. Like his fellow Symbolist poets – Charles Baudelaire and Arthur Rimbaud, Paul Verlaine draws inspiration from the wishing … Continue reading

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Down by the station: Bob Dylan’s worst quality but best song?

By Tony Attwood Although disc six of the Basement Tapes complete is said to be the bonus disc, with the tracks put in this archive because of their poor quality, it is not until one gets to “Down by the … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan And Arthur Rimbaud (Part IV)

By Larry Fyffe You might also enjoy Dylan and Rimbaud part I Dylan and Rimbaud part II Dylan and Rimbaud part III From the poetry of Symbolist Arthur Rimbaud, the singer/songwriter Bob Dylan draws to express his cynical view concerning … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan: “Any time”. The sketch of an utter masterpiece from the Basement.

By Tony Attwood This to me sounds close to being one of those songs that Bob Dylan throws away and which most of the rest of the world would give up everything they own to be able to claim to … Continue reading

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8 Things You Didn’t Know About Bob Dylan

  Bob Dylan will go down as the greatest songwriter of the 20th century and has tantalised generations of music lovers with his intricate lyrics. But while his songs may be well-known to millions, here are eight things you (probably) … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan And Charles Baudelaire (Part IV)

Thus far on BOB DYLAN AND BAUDELAIRE Bob Dylan And Charles Baudelaire Bob Dylan And Charles Baudelaire (Part II): The Jack Of Arts Bob Dylan and Charles Baudelaire Part III Dylan And The Devil By Larrry Fyffe The songs of Bob … Continue reading

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Jelly Bean: an insight into the workings of Bob Dylan’s musical mind

By Tony Attwood The opening of “Jelly Bean” – the second track from disc six of the Complete Basement Tapes (the collection put together on one disc as they have inferior recording quality) has an opening to the melody line … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan And Charles Baudelaire (Part III)

———– You might also enjoy Bob Dylan And Charles Baudelaire Bob Dylan And Charles Baudelaire (Part II): The Jack Of Arts By Larry Fyffe The Gnostic-like themes and dark images (images be words that evoke the sensations of smell, sight, … Continue reading

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Two dollars and 99 cents: Bob Dylan does the barroom blues. And how.

By Tony Attwood This review marks the start of the final leg of our journey through reviewing every Dylan song of which we can find a recording. These final reviews come from Disc Six of the Complete Basement Tapes collection … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan And Charles Baudelaire (Part II): The Jack Of Arts

By Larry Fyffe Part 1 of the series appears here: Bob Dylan And Charles Baudelaire Singer/songwriter Bob Dylan draws many of his images from the deck of Symbols placed before him by the French poet Charles Baudelaire. A symbol is … Continue reading

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Gonna Get You Now. Bob Dylan begins to wrap up the Basement as a place to write songs

By Tony Attwood I mentioned in my review of “Wild Wolf” (also on disc 5 of the Complete Basement Tapes collection) that the song reminded me of Tin Angel and Scarlet Town. And here we are in Tin Angel country … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan And Charles Baudelaire

by Larry Fyffe Poems of Charles Baudelaire shows the impact of Edgar Allan Poe; Bob Dylan’s song lyrics reveal the influence of Charles Baudelaire. In one version thereof, Dylan sings: Then she opened up a book of poems And she … Continue reading

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Wild Wolf. Bob Dylan does the darkness and sings about stuff.

By Tony Attwood The first time I heard “Wild Wolf” I was immediately reminded of songs such as “Tin Angel” and “Scarlet Town” from Tempest. It is primarily atmosphere that draws these songs together for me, the sense of brooding … Continue reading

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Dylan And The Devil

By Larry Fyffe   As previously noted, Bob Dylan’s song lyrics reveal that the singer/songwriter tends to relate to the Gnostic and Gothic aspects of the poetry of Samuel Coleridge and Johnn Keats; the singer/songwriter flees from  the English Transcendentalist … Continue reading

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It’s the flight of the Bumblebee (buzz buzz buzz). Bob Dylan does stuff and sings funny.

By Tony Attwood “The flight of the bumblebee” is an orchestral interlude written by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov for his opera The Tale of Tsar Saltan, composed at the end of the 19th century.  “It’s the flight of the bumblebee” is a track by Bob Dylan from … Continue reading

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