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Gone But Not Forgotten: another Dylan oddity found, but your help is needed.

By Tony Attwood Aaron Gailbraith has been doing a great job recently as Untold’s official bloodhound, searching out unlisted Dylan compositions, and here he has found another one: Gone But Not Forgotten Now the first thing to say is that … Continue reading

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Baby, Stop Crying: it really don’t matter how the record sells

Jochen Markhorst Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, the autobiography of Elvis Costello (2015), matches up to Chronicles, the memoirs of Bob Dylan. The tone is different, of course. Whereas with Dylan the atmosphere is often coloured by sepia tones, Costello … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan’s Little Log Cabin In The Rain

  by Larry Fyffe Often on one level in his lyrics, Bob Dylan explains how he comes up with a song: Well, I’m a stranger here in a strange land But I know this is where I belong I ramble … Continue reading

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“Married to my hack”. Bob Dylan’s close relationship with a journalist?

By Tony Attwood This is another of the “Lost on the River” tracks by “The New Basement Tapes” band.  Details of the origin of the songs, for which Bob Dylan wrote the words in the 1960s, and the band itself … Continue reading

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Dylan’s “It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)”. Versions that will turn you inside out.

Jochen Markhorst In October 2013 The Mercury News from San José reports that the building at 2066 Crist Drive, Los Altos, was granted historical monument status. The Los Altos Historical Commission has unanimously decided that the house with the attached … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan co-writes a song with William Shakespeare: Another exclusive Untold interview

  By Larry Fyffe Untold: So tell us, Bob, about the conservation you say you had with William Shakespeare. Bob: Well, I was in Mobile one time, guitar in hand, when I bumped into this fellow wearing pointed shoes and … Continue reading

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“When I get my hands on you” by Bob Dylan, Marcus Mumford and Taylor Goldsmith

By Tony Attwood With this composition I’m starting to look at the songs on Lost on the River by the band “The New Basement Tapes” which consisted of Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens, Taylor Goldsmith, Jim James and Marcus Mumford. Dylan’s input is a set of lyrics … Continue reading

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Dylan’s “Pledging my time”: moving on moving forward moving moving

Pledging My Time (1966) In the year 797 Charlemagne secretly sends a Frankish delegation with gifts to Baghdad, to Caliph Harun ar-Rashid, to make peace through the diplomatic way between the Arab and the Frankish Empire. Five years later, the … Continue reading

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Dylan Struggles with Shakespeare In The Tower Of ‘The Great Vowel Shift’

  by Larry Fyffe Those readers and listeners of Bob Dylan’s song lyrics who scoff at the idea that the American singer/songwriter includes autobiographical information in some of these lyrics will surely change their minds when faced with the following … Continue reading

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“Worth The Waiting For” by Bob Dylan and Dave Stewart. And a bit more fun.

By Tony Attwood The song “Worth The Waiting For” by Bob Dylan and Dave Stewart- appears on Stewart’s album The Blackbird Diaries… this is Dave Stewart, Bob’s long time friend who is perhaps most well known for being part of … Continue reading

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True Love Tends to Forget: Bob Dylan from here to here

Jochen Markhorst There are many reasons why we regret the premature death of Otis Redding, and “True Love Tends To Forget” is one of them. It’s not difficult to dream away in a fantasy how Otis would have handled this … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan And The Shakespearean Tambourine Rhyme Twist

By Larry Fyffe Bob Dylan presents in his song lyrics bits and pieces of  autobiographical material. The stories about his adventures as a time traveller are  particularly interesting – his journey back to the Elizabethan era, for instance: Well, Shakespeare, … Continue reading

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You Can Blow My Mind (if you want to) – Bob Dylan and Britta Lee Shain

By Tony Attwood Unfortunately I can’t find an on line copy of this song so if you want to hear it you will have to invest 99p or a dollar or whatever it costs in your country to hear it.  … Continue reading

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It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue. From Gun Crazy to six variant versions

It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue by Jochen Markhorst She is a terrifying femme fatale, Annie Laurie Starr in the classic film noir Gun Crazy (also released as Deadly Is The Female, 1950). When she meets the male protagonist Bart … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan And The Not-So-Idealization Of Women

  by Larry Fyffe In folksongs, up-and-coming technology is often depicted as a threat to the traditional family living off the land. The alienation wrought by the separation of a husband from his wife by that technology conjures up a … Continue reading

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Studious Dylan in the Studio

Filip Łobodziński When Bob Dylan entered the recording studio for the first time, it was 1961 the whole technological revolution was still ahead. The Columbia Studio A was a good facility by the standards of the time but there were … Continue reading

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“Got to give him my all.” Another missing Bob Dylan composition found

by Tony Attwood Now we all know that Bob Dylan and his mega corporation or copyright lawyers are pretty strong about claiming and protecting Bob’s rights.  So when we find a song that is mentioned as a Dylan composition in … Continue reading

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Please Mrs. Henry: A prime example of how Dylan can be transformed

by By Jochen Markhorst Emeritus professor Ira Martin Gessel (1951) is a respected mathematician, specialized in combinatorics and computer sciences and one of the founders of the pioneering and incomprehensible quasi-symmetrical functions. However, the first time Gessel makes the newspapers … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan and the Romantic Refuge

by Larry Fyffe The dark Gnostic outlook of humankind trapped in a physical world finds expression in many of the song lyrics by Bob Dylan, but all is not doom and gloom because of the outlook expressed there of the … Continue reading

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“Fur Slippers” – another Bob Dylan song we missed earlier

By Tony Attwood Aaron Galbraith has been doing an amazing amount of work uncovering Dylan songs that we have not covered already on this site.  So that will teach me to claim we’ve reviewed every Dylan song of which there … Continue reading

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