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A New Dylan Christmas Song Uncovered

A New Dylan Christmas Song Uncovered by Larry Fyffe The unwavering detectives at the Untold Dylan offices have managed to lay their sleuth-hound paws on the lyrics of a yet-to-be-released new Christmas song by Bob Dylan. For the pleasure of … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan’s songs considered as art for art’s sake

  By Larry Fyffe No one twists and turns the still existing themes of past times to make them better suited to modern times, more than does Bob Dylan. Contrary to what many music critics claim, Dylan chooses his double-edged … Continue reading

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The Ballad of Frankie and Bobby: Bob Dylan and Frank Sinatra.

  by Larry Fyffe   It’s not at all surprising that Bob Dylan relates to Frank Sinatra whose songs often contain the fragmented ruins of the Transcendental school of poetry along with those of the Romantic school. Applying labels usually … Continue reading

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Jet Pilot: Bob Dylan’s “On the road again” revisited for a fragment

By Tony Attwood This fragment appears on “Biograph” and also appears on “Side Tracks” as a one verse piece with a sudden fade out, suggesting that there was more, but for some reason this is all we are offered. It … Continue reading

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Yea Heavy and a Bottle of Bread: Dylan tries abstract weird but it doesn’t really work

By Tony Attwood Once again we have two versions recorded, but we seem to have got the same recording on both the original Basement Tapes double LP and the Volume 11 CD where the song is “restored” which apparently means … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan And Henry Longfellow: Conclusion

  by Larry Fyffe Though the line of demarcation is a fuzzy one, the images contained within Bob Dylan’s song lyrics, like those in the poems of William Blake, oscillate between those that are Romantic – ie, humans possess an … Continue reading

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“Apple Suckling Tree”: Bob Dylan revisits Froggie – not for the first time.

By Tony Attwood Last time I wrote about two versions of the same song appearing on different bootleg albums I got myself into a right old tangle and after readers had kindly put me out of my misery, had to … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan And Henry Longfellow: Desire (Part II)

  by Larry Fyffe He who knows not American history, knows not Bob Dylan. Or, to be more precise, he who knows not the Romantic myths surrounding American history, knows not Bob Dylan. Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow shoots his myth-bearing … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan And Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Desire (Part I)

  by Larry Fyffe Singer/songwriter Bob Dylan, under the influence of the the modernist Surrealistc poets, focuses on human nature rather than on external Nature which is envisioned by Wordsworthian poets to be infused with God’s presence. As far as … Continue reading

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I’m alright: Dylan’s song that could have been another great track, if only…

By Tony Attwood This really is a fragment of a song – one of the many that would not have emerged had it not been for the decision to release the complete set.  And it is one of those that … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan and Edward Cummings: The Romantic Revival

Bob Dylan And Edward Cummings: The Romantic Revival by Larry Fyffe The poet Edward Cummings, inspired by the preRomantic poetry of William Blake and the subsequent Romantic Transcendental Movement, looks back to the innocence of childhood in search of natural … Continue reading

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One for the road, Bob Dylan remembers Fred Astaire and one of the greatest ever dance routines.

by Tony Attwood This is yet another Basement song with no information on the official site – it’s never been played by Dylan, and has no official lyrics.  Indeed the inestimable Eyolf Østrem comments that,  “The lyrics seem to be nonsense … Continue reading

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Going to Acapulco: Bob Dylan’s masterpiece changed and changed again.

by Tony Attwood “Going to Acapulco” is one of those songs in which the official lyrics don’t match the lyrics that we hear.  It is most annoying when that happens – but here it is the result of re-writes and … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan’s Messiah: Songs Of Light And Darkness

  By Larry Fyffe Though an orthodox Christian awaiting the future return of the Messiah, Romantic poet Samuel Coleridge finds temporary relief from worldly pain – a saviour and messianic fervour in opium: Weave a circle round him thrice And … Continue reading

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“Dress it up, Better have it all”: Dylan’s incomprehensible song transcribed.

By Tony Attwood “Dress It Up, Better Have It All” (seemingly known originally just as “Better have it all”) is one of those songs that vanished for many a long year, yet were known about by having been on a … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan and William Yeats: Heaven blazing in my head

By Larry Fyffe The poems of William Blake and Percy Shelley influence William Yeats, a Modernist latter-day Romantic poet. Within the electric song lyrics of Bob Dylan, howl the ghosts of William Yeats’ Symbolist poetics: All perform their tragic play … Continue reading

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“All you have to do is dream”. Bob Dylan gets a bit skittish.

By Tony Attwood The first thing to say is that this is not a review of “All I have to do is dream” which was written by Boudleaux Bryant  and recorded by the Everly Brothers.  But just because it is … Continue reading

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Making a liar out of me: Bob Dylan talks directly to his fans

by Tony Attwood In this article the lyrics are taken from those provided in the excellent “Expecting Rain” with a few very minor changes of my own.   A new song by Dylan – or better said, the release of a … Continue reading

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More on TS Eliot, Walt Whitman, Percy Shelley, and Bob Dylan

  By Larry Fyffe Many of the song lyrics of Bob Dylan reveal the influences of poets TS Eliot, Walt Whitman, and Percy Shelley: When Bob Dylan read a bit of TS Eliot’s ‘Wasteland’ on the air, he introduced the … Continue reading

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Silent Weekend: Bob Dylan confuses the publishers as he tackles narcissism and psychological projection

By Tony Attwood In once sense “Silent Weekend” is quite remarkable, for it is just about the only rock song that I know which deals with narcissism and emotional abuse. The “silent treatment” that the song refers to is usually … Continue reading

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