Dylan in Chronological Order of writing
On this site there are reviews of Dylan’s compositions from all parts of his life, up to the most recent writings, but of late I have been trying to put these into chronological order, and fill in the gaps as I work. Originally there was one file, but this got so large I am now breaking it down into decades.
- Dylan songs of the 1960s
- Dylan songs of the 1970s
- Dylan songs of the 1980s
- Dylan songs of the 1990s
- Dylan songs of the 21st century (below)
On this page I am working on Dylan songs written in the 21st century. Of course we know that many of the songs from this period were borrowed from the work of earlier artists (hence the title of the Love and Theft album, which came from a book which appeared in 1993, according to Heylin), but I’m leaving the argument about how many of these are Dylan songs for others to work on.
Also, by this time Dylan’s life had changed, and while it was possible to work out when new songs were written from incidental events, and to trace many songs that were tried out (for example in the sound checks to concerts, or in trial runs in the studio) but never used on record. By the 21st century much of this had gone, songs were harder to create (it seems) and Dylan, as befits an older man, was slowing down.
- Summer Days (“Love and Theft”)
- Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum
- Honest with Me
- Lonesome Day Blues
- Bye and Bye
- Floater (Too much to ask)
- Po’ Boy
- High Water (for Charley Patton)
- Cry a While
- Sugar Baby
- Waitin’ for You
2002 will follow shortly.