Reviews of every song Bob Dylan has written
That’s reviews of all 534 Dylan compositions of which we can find recordings
plus over 300 other articles about Bob Dylan.
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Dylan quote of the day:
My patron saint is a-fighting with a ghost
The 535 songs reviewed on this site have two things in common: we can find a recording of the song, and it appears either the lyrics or music or both were written by Bob Dylan. If you know of any other song Dylan has composed of which there is a recording available somewhere, and can point us towards that, we’ll get onto it. Just email Tony@schools.co.uk
The alphabetical list of all the songs reviewed on this site can be found here. It also lists some of the songs Dylan has recorded but which he did not write which we have not reviewed. We’ve also put the songs in the order of composition – see the link to “Dylan songs of the 60s” etc in the links under the picture above.
The DYLAN SONGS WE MISSED EARLIER
We’ve been claiming to have reviewed every Dylan composition, but we have missed some. The latest we’ve caught up on is Fur Slippers
And the others…
- Street Rock: a Bob Dylan song? Does Dylan do rap? Does it matter?
- Sweet Amerillo by Bob Dylan, Donna Weiss or Old Crowe (choose two).
- The Love that Faded by Hank Williams and Bob Dylan.
- Jack o Diamonds; the metamorphosis of a song with some Bob Dylan therein
- The Ballad of the Gliding Swan Bob Dylan’s lost song, found.
- King of Kings: Bob Dylan’s instrumental written for Ronnie Wood.
- Steel Bars by Bob Dylan and Michael Bolton
Just like a woman
- Dylan’s “Just like a woman” as you have never known it before.
- The meanings of the music and the words
Bob Dylan and Thomas Payne
We better talk this over
- Why is the live version of “We better talk it over” so magical and superior to the album recording?
- Bob Dylan’s “We Better Talk This Over”: Rhyme, Rhythm, Reason and once live too.
- We better talk this over: the meaning of the music and the lyrics
The Dylanesque Rhyme Twist
- The Dylanesque Rhyme Twist
- Hardin And Hardy: The Dylanesque Rhyme Twist (Part II)
- Bascom Lunsford: The Dylanesque Rhyme Twist (Part III)
- Odds And Ends: The Dylanesque Rhyme Twist (Part IV)
- The Dylanesque Rhyme Twist: The Immortal ‘I’ (Part V)
The Creativity of Bob Dylan:
- The creativity of Bob Dylan: what was it you wanted?
- The methodology of genius: how Bob Dylan write songs
- Bob Dylan: the eternal wanderer, outside and beyond
- Bob Dylan: Tangled up every step of the way
- The real politics of Bob Dylan
- This is how I see it now. Bob’s new album (maybe) and why he’s not been writing for a while
New Pony reappraised
- New Pony: Bob Dylan, Jack White, Maria McKee, my feet walk by themselves
- New Pony: The meaning of Dylan’s music and the lyrics
Going going gone
- Going going gone: from the Auction Block to a gripping farewell to life
- Turning an ok song into one of the greatest moments of rock music
Translating Dylan into Polish
- Like a Polish Wanderer (part 1): the work of translating Bob Dylan
- Like a Polish Wanderer (part 2). The art of performing Dylan in Polish
Dylan in Depth: 20 songs so far covered
This new index takes songs where we have published several different reviews of the song and its impact, and gathers those reviews together. The Index is slowly growing. You can find it here.
Bob Dylan and Hank Snow
- LATEST: Bob Dylan and Hank Snow (Part II)
- Bob Dylan and Hank Snow: Little Buddy, Drunkard’s Son, Moving On. (Dylan and Hank Snow Part 1)
- Thunder on the Mountain: it’s a cruel world in Bob Dylan’s song
- Bob Dylan and Geoffrey Chaucer: thunder on the mountain
- Bob Dylan’s Thunder on the Mountain: Heylin falls off a cliff, Bob keeps on keeping on
- Dylan deconstructed: He’s inside out, upside down, right side up
Bob Dylan and Alchemy
- Bob Dylan And The Symbols Of Alchemy: Birds Of Pray
- Bob Dylan and the songs of Alchemy
- Bob Dylan and the symbols of Alchemy: but is he a Gnostic?
BOB DYLAN’S RITA MAY
- Rita May by Bob Dylan (1975). The argument for and against.
- Rita May by Bob Dylan and Jacques Levy. The antidote to Joey or once more misguided
BOB DYLAN’S THEMES & SOURCES – latest additions
- Bob Dylan and Wilf Carter (and a certain amount of rye whiskey)
- Bob Dylan and Hank Snow: Little Buddy, Drunkard’s Son, Moving On.
- Bob Dylan’s “She Belongs To Me”: the reinterpretation of Greek mythology – with Joan Baez and the best ever live performance.
- Bob Dylan and the Golden Loom
- Bob Dylan: Lord Thomas, Lady Brown, Fair Eleanor, And The Tin Angel
BOB DYLAN AND GNOSTICISM
Latest article: Bob Dylan and the Symbols of Alchemy. But is he a Gnostic?
Earlier articles in the series(in order of publication)
- Bob Dylan and Gnosticism The Starting Point
- Bob Dylan and Gnosticism: Johannine Visions
- Bob Dylan and Gnosticism: The Gospel of Mary Magdalene
- Bob Dylan and Christian Gnosticism
- Hebrew Gnosticism in Dylan’s song lyrics
- A frankly delivered Gnostic message: Dylan’s “Every grain of sand”
Untold and Bob: The exclusives and the wild speculation
The CHRONOLOGY files and complete index of reviews in alphabetical order
“Big Bill Broonzy had a song called “Key to the Highway.” “I’ve got a key to the highway / I’m booked and I’m bound to go / Gonna leave here runnin’ because walking is most too slow.” I sang that a lot. If you sing that a lot, you just might write, “Georgia Sand he had a bloody nose, welfare department wouldn’t give him no clothes…
Bob Dylan at the MusiCare Gala 2015
“You can never tell why someone’s gonna stick something in a song. You just gotta remember that the whole is bigger than the sum of its parts. You can’t expect to understand everything in every song.”
Theme Time Radio Hour
Everything worth doing takes time. You have to write a hundred bad songs before you write one good one. And you have to sacrifice a lot of things that you might not be prepared for. Like it or not, you are in this alone and have to follow your own star.”
Bob Dylan, October 2016.
What is on the site
Untold Dylan contains a review of every Dylan musical composition of which we can find a copy (around 500) and over 300 other articles on Dylan, his work and the impact of his work.
You’ll find an index to our latest posts arranged by themes and subjects on the home page. You can also see details of our main sections on this site at the top of this page under the picture.
We also now have a discussion group “Untold Dylan” on Facebook. Just type the phrase “Untold Dylan” in, on your Facebook page or follow this link
And please do note The Bob Dylan Project, which lists every Dylan song in alphabetical order, and has links to licensed recordings and performances by Dylan and by other artists, is starting to link back to our reviews.
I would especially like to thank Pat Sludden for his tireless support and enthusiasm in keeping this project going, plus Larry Fyffe for the articles which take the whole site in new directions.
I am always happy to receive new material for the site and receive requests to look at specific songs from any era of Dylan’s writing – including looking again at songs already reviewed. I love the challenge. Email: Tony@schools.co.uk
This page had to be revised because of the growing number of links on it, and in that process earlier comments on this page were removed from the comments file. Here are those (leaving aside a few of the ones that said it was all rubbish).