Untold Highlights

We’re trying a new approach to the home page which is much simpler.  But just in case we need them or want to go back to the old style here are the listings that we used to have on the home page.

How Bob Dylan writes lyrics

The most popular articles on this site in the past 30 days (as of 19 Dec)

Dylan’s lost songs

You might also be interested in “Dylan’s lost songs and forgotten gems”

Dylan in Depth:  I don’t believe you

Dylan in Depth: Buckets of Rain / So Cold in China

Dylan in depth: Farewell Angelina

The Latest reviews

Bob Dylan’s upcoming tour of the planets

Dylan in Depth: One more cup of coffee

Dylan in Depth: soon after midnight

Lily Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts – the song with the most articles of any on this site.

Bob Dylan and Arthur Rimbaud

Dylan sings Dylan: how Dylan reinterprets himself

Other recent articles: 

Those Visions of Johanna, that kept me up past the dawn

Hard Rain’s a gonna fall

Blowin’ in the wind

The Times they are a-changin’


 Dylan Themes and Sources

I have started the long task of adding links to articles in our “Influences on Bob Dylan” index.  I’m really going to try and add a few more links a day, but if the article you want to read is not linked you can normally find it by typing the title into the search box, ignoring an apostrophes.

Lost Dylan songs found…

The classification of Bob Dylan’s songs

The full list of recordings from the New Basement Tapes is now given in the Dylan Songs of the 1960s page at the start of 1967.

Bob Dylan and William Shakespeare

The Creativity of Bob Dylan: 

Translating Dylan into Polish

Bob Dylan and Hank Snow

Untold and Bob: The exclusives and the wild speculation

The CHRONOLOGY files and complete index of reviews in alphabetical order

“Big Bill Broonzy had a song called “Key to the Highway.” “I’ve got a key to the highway / I’m booked and I’m bound to go / Gonna leave here runnin’ because walking is most too slow.” I sang that a lot. If you sing that a lot, you just might write, “Georgia Sand he had a bloody nose, welfare department wouldn’t give him no clothes…

Bob Dylan at the MusiCare Gala 2015

“You can never tell why someone’s gonna stick something in a song. You just gotta remember that the whole is bigger than the sum of its parts. You can’t expect to understand everything in every song.”

Theme Time Radio Hour

Everything worth doing takes time. You have to write a hundred bad songs before you write one good one. And you have to sacrifice a lot of things that you might not be prepared for. Like it or not, you are in this alone and have to follow your own star.”

Bob Dylan, October 2016.


What is on the site

Untold Dylan contains a review of every Dylan musical composition of which we can find a copy (around 500) and over 300 other articles on Dylan, his work and the impact of his work.

You’ll find an index to our latest posts arranged by themes and subjects on the home page.  You can also see details of our main sections on this site at the top of this page under the picture.

The alphabetical index to the 552 song reviews can be found here.  If you know of anything we have missed please do write in.  The index of the songs in chronological order can be found here.

We also now have a discussion group “Untold Dylan” on Facebook.  Just type the phrase “Untold Dylan” in, on your Facebook page or follow this link 

And please do note   The Bob Dylan Project, which lists every Dylan song in alphabetical order, and has links to licensed recordings and performances by Dylan and by other artists, is starting to link back to our reviews.

I would especially like to thank Pat Sludden for his tireless support and enthusiasm in keeping this project going, plus Larry Fyffe for the articles which take the whole site in new directions.

I am always happy to receive new material for the site and receive requests to look at specific songs from any era of Dylan’s writing – including looking again at songs already reviewed.   I love the challenge.   Email: Tony@schools.co.uk

Tony Attwood


This page had to be revised because of the growing number of links on it, and in that process earlier comments on this page were removed from the comments file.  Here are those (leaving aside a few of the ones that said it was all rubbish).

    1. Oded says:


      Thanks for the great works here. after reading just a few, i must say this is insightful, and the “untold” seems to be a truthful adjective. i think i have read a few dozens of miles of Dylan cracking texts, still, I really enjoy your stuff.

    1. Jane Reeves says:

      Have been a fan of Dylan since 12 years of age, ( am now 45) I WISH I had read your website years ago. Have seen Bob twice live on stage (London) 2002 and 2005 . (HONESTLY…. I prefer the albums!) His “make scrambled eggs” of his songs and see if the die hard fans can figure it out – I can see WHY he does it to stave off extreme boredom´- but a small bit of me would like to hear “Between the Windows of the sea..where lovely mermaids flow”…and not spend ten minutes scrunching up my face and my mind to even i-d- Desolation Row!!
      I found your site today and will make note of it: but here is a question
      : maybe no-one (now living) knows;
      “What makes Robert Allan Zimmerman (aka bob Dylan)
      what makes him Smile or Laugh With Real Happiness?”
      I wish I knew

      sending you all best wishes and many thanks
      Jane Reeves

    1. everymanmediagroup says:

      We absolutely love your blog and find a lot of your post’s to
      be just what I’m looking for. Do you offer guest writers to
      write content for you? I wouldn’t mind writing a
      post or elaborating on a number of the subjects you write
      about here. Again, awesome site!

    1. Everyman – sure do. Just write to me and tell me what song you would like to review. Tony.Attwood@aisa.org

    1. Thelonious says:

      “Series of Dreams” links to “Mozambique”

    1. ask says:

      Wonderful post! We will be linking to this particularly great post on our website.
      Keep up the good writing.

    1. David Griffiths says:

      I like your blog website.
      I’ve been a Dylan fan for a few years now. I really like your classifications which seem to be true. I cannot say that I have heard all Bob’s songs, so you may need some cooperation when it comes to organizing them all.
      I noticed that there is more song material published from the album “Tell tale signs”
      that I’ve just been listening to To-Day.One thing I looked for is the Poem He did about “Last thoughts on Woodie Guthrie”
      I would classify this as an enlightened protest,maybe,with distain for the world(worldliness) that most shallow folks look for satisfaction in. Hard to classify as it touches on a lot of the categories.
      Thanks once again!

    1. Tom Kirkpatrick says:

      Hi Tony,

      I continue to enjoy your analysis of Bob Dylan’s songs. I’m wondering if you would take a look at “Million Dollar Bash” — from the Basement Tapes.

      Best wishes

    1. OK will do

    1. I have long been a Dylan fan, growing into him and appreciating his work ever more as I get older. I came across your site by chance and read several entries and song interpretations and I must say that from what I have read of his recording methods – songs lyrics going through many iterations and very often be written on the hoof (as it were) I suspect you are overegging the pudding rather too much. For example, it is obvious to me that Dylan will often use a simile because it contains one word which gives him a good rhyme – and no more.

    1. Excellent blog post. I certainly love this
      website. Keep writing!

    1. Rick says:

      Most honest reviews of Dylan material, a breath of fresh air. Thank you.

    1. Hi Tony, is Brownsville Girl any sort of a challenge? It seems to be about a film, and the opening line is classic, along with “the swap meets [boot sales /garage sales] ’round here are pretty corrupt” which is one of my favourites. There is a strong resonance of Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs [Henry Porter] in the scene when Henry’s partner invites them to stay awhile. And probably much more, if its worth teasing it out. I do wish I knew more about the structure of music, as you do – I’ll have to be content with a life-long love of Bob Dylan. I missed his 1966 Australian tour (I was only 12) but have managed to catch his subsequent shows – yes, he is an enigma to some, however I’ve loved every concert so much. As someone comments elsewhere on your fabulous blog, in 100 years Dylan will be regarded as a great poet – by more than just his true fans. Thanks for the love you show to this music master. Its appropriate the Americans title their great musicians “Mister” – he is Mr Bob Dylan.

    1. Wolkowski says:

      New title available from Amazon.com catalogue:
      Bob Dylan: the spirit and the letter.
      Best regards
      Sorbonne universites upmc

    1. Raja Thuraisingham says:

      Just stumbled into your site yesterday.
      It’s a wonderful thing you have created. I’ve been a Dylan fan for 25 years but I’ve never read such insightful stuff.
      Keep it up!


    1. Ravi says:

      Great site. Lovely committed work of true fan(s). All the very best.

    1. Hi guys, I love this site. If you or anyone else like early Bob/Nick Drake you may like my stuff. You can get a free song here – http://www.robmarenghi.com

      Best regards


    1. Well, Rob, I’ve restrained from making too much of my own music on this site, so I’m not sure, but since you have written in, I’ll let it go. But if other people start using the site to publicise their own music, what with me being all restrained about mine, I might just have to rethink. Tony

  1. Larry Fyffe says:

    Gives him a good rhyme and no more…obvious to some perhaps but not to me ..correct choice of words is extremely important to Dylan…and a rhyme can usually be found if needed….On the other extreme, there are those who are
    110 per cent so sure of their interpretation of what a Dylan song means that they twist and misconstrue the actual lyrics to such a degree as to be laughable in order to force-fit a wrong-headed idea into them.

    Chris Tillam says:

    Hey, Tony,
    love your work: just discovered the site, after a group of poetry readers I’m part of have nominated Dylan for this month’s reading.

    One of my choices for the reading is … “Song To Woody”.

    All the best