This index takes songs we have mentioned several times, and brings together the key articles. Last update 18 February 2019
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
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”
- 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.
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
- 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
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.
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
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?
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”