This index takes songs we have mentioned several times, and brings together the key articles. Last update 15 May 2019
Apple Suckling Tree
- Angelina like you have never heard it before
- Bob Dylan and Angelina
- Angelina: Dylan’s Shot of Love Misfired
- Angelina: the alternative view
Blowing in the Wind
- Blowin in the wind: the immortalisation of Bob Dylan
- Blowing in the Wind: the meaning of the music and the lyrics
Buckets of Rain
- Buckets of Rain: Bob Dylan when he was ten? No, certainly not.
- The meanings behind the music and the lyrics
Cry a While
- 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
- Bob Dylan and Tennessee Williams: there is no escape
- Bob Dylan Under the Big Top
- The Ghosts Of Electricity
- Fighting in the captain’s tower
- The Bobby Horror Picture Show
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
Everything is Broken
- Even spontaneity had become a blind goat. Bob Dylan’s “Everything is Broken”
- Everything is Broken: How a short track transmuted into post-modernist chill
- Farewell Angelina: How come Bob Dylan never played it again?
- Farewell Angelina – the most perfect rendition ever.
- Forever Young: the road to youth via a fragile work.
- 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.
From a Buick 6
- From A Buick 6, a philippic, a milk cow and a blanket (on my bed).
- From A Buick 6: a clash of chords and a link to Yo La Tengo
- Under Control: Bob’s Basement Tape prototype for the Buick 6.
Going going gone
- Going going gone: from the Auction Block to a gripping farewell to life
- Turning an ok song into one of the greatest moments of rock music
Gotta Serve Somebody
- Gotta Serve Somebody: gotta change the lyrics. Bob Dylan in depth.
- Gotta Serve Somebody: the meaning of the music and the lyrics
Hard Rain’s a gonna fall
I and I
- I and I: God finds out Dylan thinks He maybe isn’t almighty after all
- The stranger in Bob Dylan’s “I and I”
- I and I – the alternative vision
I don’t believe you
- I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met), Bob Dylan, his son, the Beatles
- I don’t believe you: Dylan prepares the ground for the songs of disdain.
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 Dogs Run Free
- If Dogs Run Free: Bob Dylan explores the teachings of Diogenes
- If Dogs Run Free: the meaning of the music and the lyrics
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
It’s alright ma (I’m only bleeding)
- Dylan’s “It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)”. Versions that will turn you inside out.
- It’s alright ma: the masterpiece of the era
- It’s all right ma: reconsidered (two years later)
- La Mancha is Blowing in the Wind: Dylan and Don Quixote (Part II)
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
Just like a woman
- Dylan’s “Just like a woman” as you have never known it before.
- The meanings of the music and the words
Lay Lady Lay
- Lay Lady Lay – three Dylan transformations and a look at the meaning.
- Bob Dylan And Lay Lady Lay: Would We Lie To You?
Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts.
- Latest: Who murdered Big Diamond Jim is finally solved by Larry Fyffe
- 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
Lonesome Day Blues
Make you feel my love
- Dylan’s Make You Feel My Love revisited. Misery, rain, nagging, tears, hunger, black and blue,
- Make you feel my love: the meaning of the music and the lyrics
Man gave names to all the animals
- Man Gave Names to all the Animals. But after Dylan, then what?
- Man Gave Names to all the Animals: Behind the Bob Dylan Song
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
Meet me in the Morning
- Meet Me In The Morning: at dawn at 56th and Wabasha
- The most perfect traditional blues song
- “Figurative Language in Blood on the Tracks”
Most Likely You Go Your Way
- New Pony: Bob Dylan, Jack White, Maria McKee, my feet walk by themselves.
- New Pony: the meaning of Dylan’s music and the lyrics
- Bob Dylan and the Not-so-idealisation of women
- The best cover versions of Dylan songs part 8
No time to think
- Bob Dylan: Marshall McLuhan Don’t Live Here No More (and there’s no time to think)
- “No time to think: the meaning of the music and the lyrics”
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.
Odds and Ends
One more cup of coffee
- One More Cup Of Coffee – to the valley below
- One More Cup of Coffee – the meaning of the music and the lyrics
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.
Only a pawn in their game
- Only A Pawn In Their Game: the most overwhelming version you’ll ever hear
- Only a pawn in their game: the meaning of the music and the lyrics
Pay in Blood
Please Mrs Henry
- Please Mrs. Henry: A prime example of how Dylan can be transformed
- Please Mrs Henry: how did this get written before the masterpieces?
Pledging my time
- Dylan’s “Pledging my time”: moving on moving forward moving moving
- Pledging my time: The meaning of the music and the lyrics
Rainy Day Women
- Rainy Day Women #12 & 35: From North Mexico to Proverbs 27:15
- Rainy Day Women: The meaning, the music and the live versions
Ring them Bells
- Ring them bells; Dylan looks back to folk songs and nursery rhymes
- More Times they are a changing than religious protest
- Rita May by Bob Dylan (1975). The argument for and against.
- Rita May by Bob Dylan and Jacques Levy. The antidote to Joey or once more misguided
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.”
Señor (Tales of Yankee Power)
- Señor (Tales of Yankee Power). He was just wearing a blanket.
- On the road to Love’s “Old Man” and finding Christ
Series of Dreams
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.
She’s your lover now
Shelter from the Storm
- Shelter From The Storm and the problem with undertakers
- Dylan the poet laureate; Dylan the myth maker.
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
Soon after midnight
Tangled up in Blue
- Bob Dylan’s Tangled Up In Blue. You have never heard a version as good as this.
- 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
Things have changed
- Things have Changed
- Things have changed: Bob Dylan and chronocentrism
- Dylan: Things have changed, or have they?
- Things have changed: the meanings behind Bob Dylan’s song
- Bob Dylan’s ultimate message: there is nothing you can do, nothing will be changed.
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
The Times they are a-changin’
To fall in love with you
- Bob Dylan’s “To Fall In Love With You”: the origins and evolution
- To fall in love with you: the greatest of all the lost masterpieces
- To fall in love with you: all the versions of the lyrics
- To fall in love with you: the lyrics and the meanings (revised edition)
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
- Tiny Montgomery: the content subordinate, the approach scatological.
- Tiny Montgomery: bringing the party to an end
Too Much of Nothing
- Too much of nothing: Bob Dylan’s take on TS Eliot, maybe.
- Too much of nothing: the music and the meaning:
True love tends to forget
- True Love Tends to Forget: Bob Dylan from here to here
- True love tends to forget: Dylan laughs at himself from Mexico to Tibet
Tweeter and the Monkey Man
- Tweeter and the Monkey Man: the walls came down
- The Monkey Man revisited
- Tweeter and the Monkey Man: the origins, the music and the meaning
Up to me
- Dylan’s “Up to me”: No one else could play that tune.
- Up to me: an astounding masterpiece left on the shelf
Visions of Johanna
- Visions Of Johanna: the poetic power – oh how can I explain
- 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
We better talk this over
- Rhyme, rhythm and reason and once live too
- The meaning of the music and the lyrics
- Why is the live version so magical and superior to the album recording?
What good am I?
Working Men’s Blues #2
- Working Man’s Blues #2: the meaning of the music and the lyrics
- Workingman’s blues # 2 / Bob Dylan. A very personal interpretation
Yea Heavy and a bottle of bread
You’re a big girl now
- You’re a big girl now: for Bob Dylan it’s rain, it’s pain
- You’re a big girl now: the meaning behind the song
“You’re gonna make me lonesome”