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 out there here is a recording of Bob singing that song.
But now to move on to the song Bob did write: “All you have to do is dream” which turns up on Bootleg 11 and which vimeo has on line (at least at the moment). Strange thing with that song is if I try and copy the link and put it here it comes up with the “not available” sign, but if I click on the link in Google, it plays.
Failing that you can also try Deezer: http://www.deezer.com/en/track/92722860
Musically it is a bouncy rhythm playing around the simple sequence of G, Am, Bm, Am and back to G with a C, Am variation later on.
As for what it is all about, Robert MacMillan, the writer of Haiku 61 Revisited gives a pretty good summary:
In many regards the writer is perfectly correct – the lyrics sound AND feel better than they appear. Take a look at the opening..,
If the farmer has no silo
And his fuel cost runs up high
Well, that’s just how much I would love you
If you’d just only let me try.
It’s clear however what he is talking about throughout…
Yes, but look what an earful I get and it’s all awful too
Every time I try to go get me a little tickle.
And it doesn’t take him too long to get down to basics.
So poor little girl, come blow this horn
Hard as any whole night seems
It’s very easily done actually
All you have to do is dream.
If it is what turns you on, all well and good. I have to say it doesn’t do much for me.
A complete list of Dylan’s songs of the 1960s including all the Basement Tape songs, with links to the songs reviewed thus far, can be found on Dylan Songs of the 60s.
What else is on the site
1: Over 400 reviews of Dylan songs. There is an index to these in alphabetical order on the home page, and an index to the songs in the order they were written in the Chronology Pages.
2: The Chronology. We’ve taken all the songs we can find recordings of and put them in the order they were written (as far as possible) not in the order they appeared on albums. The chronology is more or less complete and is now linked to all the reviews on the site. We have also recently started to produce overviews of Dylan’s work year by year. The index to the chronologies is here.
3: Bob Dylan’s themes. We publish a wide range of articles about Bob Dylan and his compositions. There is an index here.
4: The Discussion Group We now have a discussion group “Untold Dylan” on Facebook. Just type the phrase “Untold Dylan” in, on your Facebook page or follow this link
5: Bob Dylan’s creativity. We’re fascinated in taking the study of Dylan’s creative approach further. The index is in Dylan’s Creativity.
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