This index takes songs we have mentioned several times, and brings together the key articles. It is an index that has only recently been started, and I hope to make it grow in the coming weeks and months.
23 songs covered so far. I and I is the latest.
- Cinderella seems so easy: From the Bunch of Rushes to Desolation Row
- Champaign, Illinois: A Dylan song and a re-write of Desolation Row you must hear
- Desolation Row Revisited: making sense of the masterpiece now we live there
- Desolation Row by Bob Dylan. It doesn’t get more frightening than this
- The real politics of Bob Dylan
Drifters Escape – see John Wesley Harding and the Drifter’s Escape
- The Duquesne Whistle Blows that love is not all in vain
- Duquesne Whistle: the tornado from Tempest
- The Dylanesque Rhyme Twist
- Forever Young: the meaning of the music and the lyrics
- Blake, Keats, And Spots Of Ink: Spinning Reels Of Rhyme
- Forever Young – Dearbhla’s thoughts
- Forever Young by Joan Baez. Suggested in our Greatest Cover recordings list.
I and I
- I and I: God finds out Dylan thinks He maybe isn’t almighty after all
- I and I: An alternative vision
- The stranger in Bob Dylan’s “I and I”
I shall be released
- I shall be released: hope is a dangerous thing
- I shall be released: the meaning of the music and the lyrics
- I shall be released by Pearls before swine; from the Greatest Cover recordings list
- Bob Dylan and the poetry of John Donne: Catch a falling star
- The 10 Greatest Dylan songs of all time
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.
It takes a lot to laugh
- Rocks and Gravel. The origin of “It takes a lot to laugh”
- It takes a lot to laugh it takes a train to cry. Dylan works out the Phantom Engineer
- It takes a lot to laugh it takes a train to cry. 50 Years on.
- Bob Dylan: Tell Woody, Andy, John Henry and Momma Mary that it takes a lot to laugh
John Wesley Harding and The Drifter’s Escape
- Drifters Escape: Masked, Anonymous, Jekyll, Hyde, Alice: rolling?
- John Wesley Harding (1967). The argument against.
- John Wesley Harding: the meaning of the music and the lyrics
- The Drifter’s Escape: the meanings and the re-interpretation
- Deadwood and Deadman: Bob Dylan and post-modernism
Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts.
- Lily Rosemary & the Jack of Hearts (as I understand it): an alternative vision. By Ann Alenjandro
- Lily, Rosemary, And The Jack Of Hearts: revealing the source of this and other Dylan songs. Part 1. by Larry Fyffe
- Bob Dylan And Damon Runyon: Lily, Rosemary, And The Jack Of Hearts And Other Songs (Part II) by Larry Fyffe
- Source Of Lily, Rosemary, And The Jack Of Hearts (Part III)by Larry Fyffe
- Lily, Rosemary, And The Jack Of Hearts: revealing the source of this and other Dylan songs. By Larry Fyffe
- Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts: the meanings behind Dylan’s song By Tony Attwood (updated Nov 2017)
- Lily O’Valley, Mary Magdalena, and The Jehovah of Hearts: Bob Dylan mixes up the medicine By Larry Fyffe
Man of Peace
- 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
Not Dark Yet
- Not Dark Yet: Bob Dylan as 20th century Keats, and the memories that still linger
- Reading Dylan as Poetry – It’s not dark yet 1997
- It’s not dark yet: Bob Dylan and Existentialism
- Bob Dylan in 1977: the preparation work for “Not Dark Yet”
- Bob Dylan and Edgar Allan Poe: the light in the darkness.
One too many mornings
- 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.
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.”
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.
Simple Twist of Fate: eternally different, eternally moving
- Simple Twist Of Fate: ambiguous, on the move, ever changing
- Simple twist of fate: a knife twists inside a simple song
- Prithee look back, there’s blood on the tracks
- Figurative Language in Blood on the Tracks
- Blake, Keats, And Spots Of Ink
- Bob Dylan Has His Blake
Tangled up in Blue
- Tangled up in Blue: Dylan’s utterly transformed “Real Live” version
- Tangled up in Blue: The meanings of the lyrics and music
- One too many mornings: the start of a journey that led to Tangled up in Blue
- Dylan’s Scarlet Town decoded: from the nursery to Johanna, from Tangled to Set em up Jo
- Bob Dylan: the eternal wanderer: outside and beyond
Tell Ol Bill
- Tell Ol’ Bill: Dylan digs deep into the songs origins
- Dylan’s “Tell Ol Bill”: roots in a blues ballad, rhymes from the Romantic poets
Thunder on the Mountain
- Thunder on the Mountain: it’s a cruel world in Bob Dylan’s song
- Bob Dylan and Geoffrey Chaucer: thunder on the mountain
- Bob Dylan’s Thunder on the Mountain: Heylin falls off a cliff, Bob keeps on keeping on
Times they are a changing
- What’s so wrong with Bob Dylan’s “The Times they are a changing”
- The times they are a changin’: the meanings behind Bob Dylan’s song
- The real politics of Bob Dylan
- Ring them bells: more Times-a-changing than religious treatise
Visions of Johanna
- Long distance operator: putting the call through for the Visions of Johanna
- Visions of Johanna: The Old Crow Medicine Show version of Dylan’s masterpiece has me in tears.
- Visions of Johanna: the meaning of the music, the lyrics and the rewrites
- Bob Dylan and Gnosticism (part II): Johnannine Visions
- Bob Dylan and Edgar Allan Poe: the light in the darkness
Working Men’s Blues #2