Category Archives: Bringing it all Back Home

It’s all right ma, it’s life and life only

  This is the second review of It’s all right ma on the site.  I didn’t go back and read the first one, I just thought, as I had been asked to, I would try it again and see how … Continue reading

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It’s all over now, baby blue. Bob Dylan’s song is as powerful now as it was when he wrote it

By Tony Attwood This review updated July 2018, with a few changed comments, a copy of the song that Dylan cited as his source, and a performance of the song found by Pat Sludden, which really takes into somewhere completely … Continue reading

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Mr Tambourine Man: early thoughts and the wonderful 1964 festival version

By Tony Attwood This is the first review of Tambourine Man on this site.  For reasons that I now cannot properly recall I decided to do a second review a few years later, which you can find here.   This article … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan’s Maggie’s Farm. 3 very different versions; but why play it so often?

By Tony Attwood (revised March 2013 and again June 2018) Between 1965 and 2009 Bob Dylan performed Maggie’s Farm 1051 times on stage – often as an opening song; an interesting outcome for a song that was a last minute … Continue reading

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Subterranean Homesick Blues: the meaning of the music and the lyrics

By Tony Attwood Revised 13 October 2017 This was Dylan’s first successful attempt to integrate the emotions of the Beat Generation which he had understood from Alan Ginsberg and others combining the thoughts of the moment with three minutes of … Continue reading

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Love minus Zero / No Limit. Bob Dylan takes a Zen approach to the perfect relationship

 By Tony Attwood This review revised May 2017 The second of the two love songs from the first side of “Bringing it all back home” is infinitely more complex than “She Belongs To Me”. While musically it seems to be … Continue reading

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Gates of Eden: two revised renditions & the meanings behind Bob Dylan’s masterpiece

At times I think there are no words but these to tell what’s true. If you have never heard this version above, do give it a listen – the differences between this version and the album version are subtle but … Continue reading

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Dylan’s “She Belongs to Me”: never has a 12 bar blues sounded more beautiful

by Tony Attwood, updated 5 August 2018 with additional video links. Of course you never know with Dylan, but it is hard to put any interpretation on “She Belongs to Me” other than that it is about a child – … Continue reading

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