Lily, Rosemary And The Jack Of Hearts – Layers of Meaning

This post is a response to Tom’s comment on a previous post, where he asserts the following about the Dylan song Lily, Rosemary And The Jack Of Hearts: But I think it’s right to say that Dylan produces atmosphere but that’s about all isn’t it? So, I like the Virginia Woolf quote as well [‘It… Continue reading Lily, Rosemary And The Jack Of Hearts – Layers of Meaning

50 Reasons To Love Bob Dylan’s Blood On The Tracks

‘I was burned out from exhaustion, buried in the hail, poisoned in the bushes, blown out on the trail, hunted like a crocodile, ravaged in the corn’ (Shelter From The Storm) – Dylan’s use of symbolic language here is perfect, reflecting back to the ‘creature void of form’ who comes in from the wilderness. It… Continue reading 50 Reasons To Love Bob Dylan’s Blood On The Tracks

Song Structure in Bob Dylan’s Blood On The Tracks

In many of the songs on Blood On The Tracks, Dylan adopts what I call a ‘single-stanza’ structure, which he uses very skillfully to highlight the emotional and thematic resonances of the lyrics. Tangled Up In Blue, Simple Twist of Fate, You’re A Big Girl Now, Lily, Rosemary and The Jack Of Hearts, Shelter From… Continue reading Song Structure in Bob Dylan’s Blood On The Tracks

Defying Time in Bob Dylan’s Blood On The Tracks

Blood On The Tracks is an album of songs concerned totally with ‘the inexorable disintegration of relationships and with the dignity of keeping on trying to reintegrate them against all odds’ (Michael Gray, Song and Dance Man III). To express this theme he uses a finely honed craft and a conscious and very specific approach… Continue reading Defying Time in Bob Dylan’s Blood On The Tracks

Bob Dylan’s Desolation Row and Tangled Up In Blue – From Complexity to Simplicity

Michael Gray, in his superb book on Bob Dylan’s art, Song and Dance Man III, sees Dylan’s use of language in the 1970s developing towards a new simplicity, after the complexities that make up much of his 1960s output. This process began immediately after the infamous motorcycle crash in 1966, following his critically and commercially… Continue reading Bob Dylan’s Desolation Row and Tangled Up In Blue – From Complexity to Simplicity

Cambridge Forum Radio: Christopher Ricks on Bob Dylan

Here’s something to check out if you’re interested in serious analysis of Bob Dylan’s work. In fact it’s worth listening to anyway, as an excellent example of literary analysis. And it’s free on the iTunes music store – if you have iTunes on your PC or Mac, click on ‘launch application’ when prompted and it… Continue reading Cambridge Forum Radio: Christopher Ricks on Bob Dylan