Category Archives: Oh Mercy

What was it you wanted? Bob Dylan’s song and a version by Willie Nelson

What was it you wanted Reviewed and analysed by Tony Attwood A slow introduction, and from line one we go; a song in a minor key packed with minor chords, revealing once more the lost and bemused individual. If you … Continue reading

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Dylan’s “Everything is Broken.” How a short track transmuted into post-modernist chill.

By Tony Attwood This review updated July 2018 with the addition of live videos and further thoughts on the song itself.  I’ve also added links at the end to various articles from Untold Dylan which explore the theme of the … Continue reading

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“The Man in the Long Black Coat.” Bob Dylan reaches the depths, and then descends some more.

By Tony Attwood This review updated 28 May 2018 with addition of examples of Dylan’s song and of the folk song that was said to have inspired it, plus additional commentary on the timing and meaning.  This song in 12/8 … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan’s “Political World”: How to get hit by reality (& the 6 missing verses)

Review by Tony Attwood This review updated July 2018, with some commentary on the missing verses, and three videos: the official release vid, the full song with the 6 missing verses from the outtakes of the album session, and a … Continue reading

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What was it you wanted?

A revised version of this review has now been posted and updated – complete with a link to a Willie Nelson version here. Apologies for the mix up. Tony

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