Reviews of every song Bob Dylan has written
That’s reviews of 530 Dylan compositions of which we can find recordings
plus over 300 other articles about Bob Dylan.
This site has had over 950,000 page views in the past year.
The songs reviewed here 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.
Here are the latest articles, arranged by series.
HERE’S ONE WE MISSED EARLIER
We’ve been claiming to have reviewed every Dylan composition, but we have missed at least one, and quite possibly two. If not more. Here’s the first…
Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands
- Bob Dylan’s Sad-eyed lady of the lowlands. (A song for Sara his wife).
- Bob Dylan’s “Sad Eyed Lady”. The sound of 3am captured as never before.
- Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands: at least I now know why
- Bob Dylan Paints his Masterpiece
If you see her say hello
- If you see her, say “hello”. From Bob Dylan to Buckley, Italy, Californication, and that mandolin
- If you see her, say “hello”. The multiplicity of what Dylan is.
Untold and Bob: The exclusives and the wild speculation
- “This is how I see it now”. Bob’s new album (maybe) and why he’s not been writing for a while.
- Exclusive Untold Interview: Bob Talks About Time Travelling In Canada
- The interview on the roof of the 12-storey Saint James Hotel in New York City
- “What did Bob Dylan die of?”
Things have changed: the complete guide to the masterwork.
- Things have changed: Bob Dylan and chronocentrism
- Dylan: Things have changed, or have they?
- Things have changed: the meanings behind Bob Dylan’s song
- Bob Dylan’s ultimate message: there is nothing you can do, nothing will be changed.
- Bob Dylan in 1998/9: the road to the Oscar
Updated reviews with new videos added: Rainy Day added
- Tombstone Blues revisited: the meaning behind the music and the lyrics
- Rainy Day Women #12 and 35. with four live versions and some additional commentary
- This Wheels on Fire If your memory serves you well, you’ll know this absolute masterpiece.
- Positively 4th Street: A new melody (or one could say a lack of melody) added in this live version. Goodness the hatred is painful yet it sounds …. beautiful
Seven Curses: Those amazing re-interpretations
If you have never heard the versions by Solas and June Tabor I would urge you to read the “overwhelming punishment” article published today and play those two versions (if not all of the examples) as you read.
- Seven Curses: the overwhelming punishment through an eternity of loneliness
- Seven Curses: Bob Dylan’s feelings of legal betrayal
BOB DYLAN AT THE MOVIES:
- Bob Dylan and The Movies: “My Name Is Penny Day”
- Bob Dylan And The Children Of Paradise
- Bob Dylan At The Movies: Sweetheart Like You (Part I)
- Bob Dylan At The Movies: Sweetheart Like You (Part II)
Thunder on the Mountain revisited
- Thunder on the Mountain: it’s a cruel world in Bob’s song
- Thunder on the Mountain: Heylin falls off a cliff, Bob keeps on keeping on.
- Bob Dylan and Geoffrey Chaucer: Thunder on the Mountain
Scarlet Town: the sources and the destinations
- Scarlet Town: Tracing Dylan’s song from Pepys to Barbara Allen and The Byrds
- “Dylan’s Scarlet Town decoded: from the nursery to Johanna, from Tangled up to Set em up Jo.”
Man of Peace Revisited
- Man of Peace: From Dylan to Lucifer riding down Niagara Falls
- Man of Peace – the meaning of the lyrics and the music
- Bob Dionysus Turns into a Blood-Thirsty Lion
- The Pain in the Window
- Dylan’s songs of 1982/3
ONE TOO MANY MORNINGS REVISITED
- Hero Blues – the song that Bob wanted to used instead of One too Many – with Dylan recording
- One too many mornings: the start of the journey to Tangled up in Blue, with new selection of live recordings illustrating the range of re-writes the song has gone through.
- Walking down the line: another song of moving on.
BOB DYLAN’S THEMES & SOURCES – latest additions
- 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
THE INDEX OF CITATIONS
Bob Dylan constantly references other authors and the Bible in his works, and we’ve dealt with this in a wide range of articles. These are pulled together in a series of indexes, and those indexes are each listed below…
BOB DYLAN and CANADA – the expanded index
- Exclusive Untold Interview: Bob Talks About Time Travelling In Canada
- Time Travel with Bob Dylan in Canada (Part II)
- Bob Dylan and the Red River Valley
- Lily, Rosemary, And The Jack Of Hearts: source of this and other Dylan songs
- Dylan Rides The Northern Lights
- Zenon, Zanzinger, And Zimmerman In The North Country
RECENT ARTICLES ON WRITERS WHO HAVE INFLUENCED DYLAN
- Bob Dylan And Oscar Wilde
- Bob Dylan And Charles Darwin
- Bob Dylan: Paul Verlaine And Charles Perrault
DYLAN AND BAUDELAIRE – Handy Dandy just published
- 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)
- Bob Dylan And Charles Baudelaire Part V – Handy Dandy
- Dylan And The Devil
BOB DYLAN and PAUL VERLAINE
DYLAN: THE LIGHTER SIDE: (For more info on this aspect of the site please click here)
- Bob Dylan and Euclid: Dogs and Gods (Part II)
- Unreleased Bob Dylan Song Re-Assembled
- Unreleased Dylan lyrics discovered in a Cave
- Untold Exclusive: Dylan’s Lawyers Launch Massive Law Suit
- What did Bob Dylan die of?
- Bob Dylan: Dogs And Gods
- Bob Dylan and Lucifer
- Bob Dylan: Searching For Jesus
- Bob Dylan: Christ As Casanova
BOB DYLAN AND THE BIBLE: AN INDEX
We have several indexes of sources of Dylan’s inspiration – the index of sources from the Bible that Dylan uses has just been updated.
- Bob Dylan and the Bible – an index to sources
- American poets and writers to whom Dylan pays tribute: an index
- British and French writers In reference to Bob Dylan’s song lyrics
- Dylan referenced authors other than American, British, Irish and French)
DYLAN’S FORGOTTEN GEMS.
CREATIVITY (An index of these articles appears here)
DYLAN – THE PUBLIC PERCEPTION:
- What’s so wrong with Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changing”?
- The ten greatest Dylan songs of all time: 6 different points of view
- Why do so many musicians rate Dylan as the most influential musician in their lives?
- Bob Dylan and Life: those significant lines that can stay with us forever
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).