"Starlight In The East"
Directory of Bob Dylan’s Unreleased Songs

"Starlight in the East and you're finally released."
Bob Dylan, "No Time To Think",
©1978 by Special Rider Music

Compiled by Alan Fraser

 


Thanks to David Reid for the loan of this book

Mission

The objective of these pages is to attempt to list all unreleased songs written, or thought to have been written, by Bob Dylan, whenever and however recorded.

Some of these songs are deservedly unreleased, some have no known Dylan version, some were abandoned unfinished and therefore not of releasable quality, but others are real gems and deserve official release, hopefully in a future edition of "The Bootleg Series", since "bonus" tracks on remastered albums have been ruled out by Bob. Please note I cannot help you to obtain copies of any of these songs which are in unofficial circulation - if you go to Bill Pagel's excellent "Bob Links" site , you may find links there that will help.

Derek Barker reviewed "Keys To The Rain: The Definitive Bob Dylan Encyclopaedia" (compiled by Oliver Trager, Billboard Books, USA, 2004) in "Isis" issue 118, and surprisingly found in the Foreword what appears to me to be a startling admission for a book that claims to be "definitive": "Entries for songs Dylan performed before he came to New York City are not included. Neither are songs from informal recording sessions, songs written but never recorded, unreleased out-takes, nor any of the unreleased material from 'The Basement Tapes' and their ilk..." Here I hope to include all those exclusions, and much more!

If you have any additions or corrections to the material given here, please let me know. All contributors to the accuracy and completeness of this list will be gratefully credited. Cover scans of singles or albums that contain covers of unreleased Dylan songs are also very welcome.

"...there's a density and a gravity to a Dylan song that you can't find anywhere else." Nick Hornby ("31 Songs")

The Directory is in alphabetical order by song title, please click on the appropriate page below (or start with "A" and work your way through...).

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(Indefinite and definite articles at the beginning of song titles are ignored, so A WOMAN LIKE YOU is on the "W" page, and THE KING IS ON THE THRONE is on the "K" page.)

I very much welcome information about unlisted songs or more details about the ones listed here.

Revised: 10 May, 2016

Recent Site Updates

10 May 2016: What The Heart Wants (USA, 2016) by Britta Lee Shain with her cover of YOU CAN BLOW MY MIND (IF YOU WANT TO), a 1987 co-composition with Bob, added to the W page.


4 Mar 2016
: Thanks to Stephan Pickering and Fred Muller for news that Bob Dylan's private archive of lyrics, photographs, correspondence plus audio and video recordings has been acquired by a group of institutions in Oklahoma, and most will eventually be exhibited to the public at the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, OK. I shall add relevant information to this web-site as the exact content of the archives are revealed.
 

28 Feb 2016: Two albums with Nathan Carter's cover of WAGON WHEEL, The Wagon Wheel Live Show (Nathan Carter Music, Ireland, 2013) and The Country Album (UMTV, UK, 2015), have been added to the W page.

18 Jan 2016: Thanks to Tim Dunn for information that the 2015 documentary DVD Izzy Young: Talkin' Folklore Center (MVD Visual/Gazell Film MVD5215D, USA, 2015) about Izzy Young includes a cover of TALKIN' FOLKLORE CENTER by Eric Bibb, and has been added to the T page.
26 Oct 2015:  Thanks to "Isis" 182, Oct 2015, for news about DON'T BELIEVE THAT STUFF, lines written in pencil on an index card during early 1990s, part of a lot sold at Sotheby's in London. The song has been added to the D page.

Sources

This directory has been compiled mainly from the following resources:

For lyrics and chords of unreleased Dylan songs, see Eyolf ōstrem's site "My Back Pages - Bob Dylan Chords and Lyrics"


Song Titles

All song titles (or guesses at song titles) listed here are either known, or assumed to be, by Bob Dylan. Bob’s co-authors are credited for songs known to be joint compositions. I’ve omitted unidentified instrumentals, most of which are just jams.

Titles of released songs on regular Dylan albums are in BOLD face, titles of songs that are officially available as covers by other artists are shown in RED (see the new extracted list "Covered & Unreleased"). Titles of songs known to be hoaxes or wrongly associated with Bob are shown in PURPLE. Titles of songs that remain unreleased on albums/singles and have not been covered by other artists are in BLUE. Song titles that were identified in the sources as being by Bob but now known to be covers are included here with their titles in ITALICS - in this case the date given is when it was first performed by Bob, not the composition date. It's very possible that some of the titles still assumed here to be unreleased songs by Bob Dylan are in fact covers that were unrecognised by the source author. Titles that end in "?" are where the song titles are questions (!), guessed titles are shown as "(?)".

Some songs have no known "official" title and are listed several times under the various titles that have appeared for them (which people guess at or make up because they don't know the title Bob has given the song). A good example is the unreleased and uncopyrighted song with lyrics about Van Gogh worked on by Bob in a Denver hotel room in March 1966. This has been given several titles, namely DEFINITELY VAN GOGH, THE PAINTING BY VAN GOGH, POSITIVELY VAN GOGH, MOST DEFINITELY NOT VAN GOGH and SPURIOUSLY SEVENTEEN WINDOWS (THE PAINTING BY VAN GOGH)! Bob's choice of title as POSITIVELY VAN GOGH was finally made known with the release of the Columbia/Legacy 18CD set "The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 - Bob Dylan 1965-1966 The Cutting Edge Collector's Edition", Nov 2015. SPURIOUSLY SEVENTEEN WIDOWS, of which the last title may be a mis-hearing, is a joke title made up by Paul Cable for the unreleased TELL ME, MOMMA. (He obviously didn't know then that Bob had just called it TELL ME, MOMMA after all!)

If the authorship of a title is not identified in any of the sources it is indicated as "Bob Dylan?".

Some titles identified in the sources as unreleased Dylan songs are in fact session sheet or working titles of released songs or unreleased songs known better by other names. LOVE COPY is a good example - this was named by Larry Sloman in his Rolling Thunder Logbook as being an unreleased song from the "Desire" sessions (which it then was). Michael Krogsgaard's examination of the 1976 Columbia studio records revealed LOVE COPY not to be a new song, but a working title for ABANDONED LOVE, released in 1985 on "Biograph". Such titles are listed in the directory for completeness. A partial list of such titles appears in the various books by Clinton Heylin cited, others appear in Michael Krogsgaard's series of articles on Bob's recording sessions in the "Telegraph" and now "The Bridge".


Circulation Codes

C Soundcheck D Demo H Home recording L Live M Media recording - radio, TV or film
N? No recording circulating? O Officially released R Rehearsal S Studio recording Y For uncirculating songs - lyrics known

No circulation code means the song hasn't actually been written or performed by Bob, and the entry is a correction of a report that appears elsewhere.


Thanks

Thanks to Sigurjon Thor Fridthjofsson (Sion) for providing the list that started this work off.
Thanks to "Frisco Drifter" for the first feedback.
Special thanks go to:

Dr Hanns Peter Bushoff of BMG Germany for his sterling work in re-releasing obscure and rarely-heard cover versions of Dylan songs, especially the unreleased songs, and for providing complimentary copies of his CDs and other material
Tim Dunn
for his helpful contributions and for providing me with copies of his "Copyright Files" books
Peter Gilmer for his vigilant monitoring of the Internet for news of unreleased Dylan songs and covers
The sadly departed David Plentus whose "Dylan Cover Albums" site provided me with much information about cover versions of Bob's unreleased songs and who provided me with many cover scans, and to
Gil Walker who kindly checked this directory against Paul Cable's book shown above and
also against the article surveying unreleased Dylan by Greil Marcus in "Rolling Stone", 26 Nov 1969

Thanks also go to Phil Aldridge, Derek Barker, Harvey Bojarsky, Dag Braathen, Scott Brodie, Bob Burton, Mark Charles, Ron "Crazy" Chester, Arie Euwijk, Roger Ford, Nick Garrett, Andra Greenberg, John Halley, Avery Holland John Howells, Craig Jamieson, Artur Jarosinski, Rob Lake, Gil Lamont, A.J. LaRue, John Lettiere, Tobias Levander, Jim Linwood, Daniel Luth, Hans Marijnissen, Joy Munsey, …amonn ” CathŠin, Jim O'Neil, Tom Ostoyich, Raymond Padgett, Dieter Petzold, David Plentus, Michael Poole, Moise Potie, David Reid, Dennis Renfors, John Singer, Michael Smith, Bob Stacy, Raoul Verolleman, Don Wedge and T.J. Young.


Previously Unreleased Now Released - Songs Removed from the "Starlight In The East" List

Live1966ClassicRecordsLPUS.jpg (18365 bytes) TELL ME, MOMMA - only ever performed live in 1966 (no studio version known), released on "The Bootleg Series Vol. 4: Live 1996, The 'Royal Albert Hall' Concert", 12 Oct 1998
Globe2.jpg (22295 bytes) MISSISSIPPI - out-take from "Time Out Of Mind", 1997 - new recording released on "Love And Theft", 11 Sep 2001, three takes of the original "Time Out Of Mind" version released on "The Bootleg Series Vol. 8 - Tell Tale Signs: Rare And Unreleased 1989-2006", 7 Oct 2008

Sheryl Crow's 1998 A&M album "The Globe Sessions" containing her version of MISSISSIPPI, then unavailable anywhere else

KEEP IT WITH MINE - instrumental out-take from "Blonde On Blonde" released on the soundtrack of "The Wendell Baker Story", Velocity/Thinkfilms, USA, 2007
TravelingWilburysUS2007DeLuxe.jpg (24424 bytes) LIKE A SHIP and MAXINE - two out-takes from "Traveling Wilburys Volume Three", recorded at Wilbury Mountain Studio, Los Angeles, CA, Apr 1990, finally released on the 2007 Rhino boxed set, "The Traveling Wilburys Collection"
ImNotThereEurFront2.jpg (14359 bytes) I'M NOT THERE (1956) - previously unreleased Basement Tapes song with The Band from 1967 released on the Todd Haynes film soundtrack "I'm Not There", 2007
Now also released on "The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 - Bob Dylan And The Band: The Basement Tapes Raw/Complete", Nov 2014
GIRL FROM THE RED RIVER SHORE - rumoured out-take from 1997's "Time Out Of Mind" now released in 2008 as RED RIVER SHORE on "The Bootleg Series Vol. 8 - Tell Tale Signs" with a second version on CD3 of the 3CD Expanded Edition
CALIFORNIA - early version of OUTLAW BLUES with different lyrics, out-take from "Bringing It All Back Home", released on the CBS US TV series soundtrack album "NCIS: The Official TV Series Soundtrack Vol. 2", 2009, now also released in Nov 2015 on all editions of "The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12"
Songs officially released in Oct 2010 on "The Bootleg Series Vol. 9 - The Witmark Demos 1962-1964":

Leeds Music demos: BALLAD FOR A FRIEND; POOR BOY BLUES

Witmark demos: AIN'T GONNA GRIEVE; ALL OVER YOU; BOUND TO LOSE, BOUND TO WIN; THE DEATH OF EMMETT TILL; FAREWELL; GUESS I'M DOING FINE; GYPSY LOU; HERO BLUES; I'D HATE TO BE YOU ON THAT DREADFUL DAY; LONG AGO, FAR AWAY; LONG TIME GONE; STANDING ON THE HIGHWAY; WHATCHA GONNA DO?

DON'T EVER TAKE YOURSELF AWAY, out-take from "Shot Of Love" sessions, recorded at Clover Recorder, Los Angeles, CA,, 23 Apr 1981, released on the CBS US TV series soundtrack album "Hawaii Five-0: Original Songs From The Television Series", 2011
The very limited edition Columbia/Legacy 4CD-R set "The 50th Anniversary Collection", Dec 2012, includes:

GOING TO NEW ORLEANS - out-take from The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, recorded at Columbia Studios, New York, 24 Apr 1962

I RODE OUT ONE MORNING - recorded at the home of Eve and Mac McKenzie, New York, Fall 1962

WORKING ON A GURU, out-take from "New Morning", recorded with George Harrison at Columbia Studios, New York, 01 May 1970, now released on "The Bootleg Series, Vol. 10 - Another Self Portrait 1969-1971", Aug 2013
FAREWELL, out-take from "The Times They Are A-Changin'", recorded Columbia Studios, New York, 6 Aug 1963, now officially released on the soundtrack album of the Coen brothers film "Inside Llewyn Davies", Nonesuch Records, USA, Sep 2013
The very limited edition Columbia/Legacy 6LP set "50th Anniversary Collection 1963", Dec 2013, includes:

BOB DYLANíS NEW ORLEANS RAG, out-take from "The Times They Are A-Changiní", recorded on two occasions at Columbia Studios, New York, firstly on 06, 07 & 12 Aug 1963 (CO78976) and secondly on 24 Oct 1963 (CO79693) - this set includes the 24 Oct 1963 studio version and a live version from Town Hall, New York, 12 Apr 1963

DUSTY OLD FAIRGROUNDS, live from Town Hall, New York, 12 Apr 1963 (the only known performance)

EAST LAREDO BLUES, piano solo recorded during "The Times They Are A-Changiní" sessions, Columbia Studios, New York, 23 Oct 1963 (CO79683)

YOU’VE BEEN HIDING TOO LONG, live from Town Hall, New York, 12 Apr 1963 (the only known performance)
 

The 6CD Deluxe Edition of "The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 - Bob Dylan And The Band: The Basement Tapes Complete", released Nov 2014. The songs included that are now officially released are, all recorded with The Band, Big Pink, West Saugerties, NY, Jul-Oct 1967:

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS DREAM; BABY, WONíT YOU BE MY BABY; BOURBON STREET; BRING IT ON HOME; DON'T YA TELL HENRY; DRESS IT UP, BETTER HAVE IT ALL; GET YOUR ROCKS OFF!; GONNA GET YOU NOW; I CANíT COME IN WITH A BROKEN HEART; I CANíT MAKE IT ALONE; IíM A FOOL FOR YOU; I'M ALRIGHT; IíM YOUR TEENAGE PRAYER; THE KING OF FRANCE; LOCK YOUR DOOR; NEXT TIME ON THE HIGHWAY; ON A RAINY AFTERNOON #2; ONE FOR THE ROAD; ONE MAN’S LOSS; SEE YOU LATER, ALLEN GINSBERG; SIGN ON THE CROSS; SILENT WEEKEND; THE SPANISH SONG; TRY ME, LITTLE GIRL; UNDER CONTROL; WILD WOLF

Several other songs are now classed as covers: ALL AMERICAN BOY; ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS DREAM; GOIN' DOWN THE ROAD FEELIN' BAD; TUPELO. I'M NOT THERE, also on this album, was released in 2007 on the "I'm Not There" film soundtrack album (above).

The very limited edition Columbia/Legacy 9LP set "50th Anniversary Collection 1964", Dec 2014, includes:

DENISE, out-take from "Another Side Of Bob Dylan", recorded at Columbia Studios, New York, 09 Jun 1964

The 2015 documentary "Izzy Young: Talkin' Folklore Center" (MVD Visual/Gazell Film MVD5215D, USA, 2015) about Izzy Young includes a cover of TALKIN' FOLKLORE CENTER by Eric Bibb.
The 6CD Deluxe Edition of "The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12", released Nov 2015, includes:

YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO THAT - Out-take from "Bringing It All Back Home", recorded at Columbia Studios, New York, 13 Jan 1965

MEDICINE SUNDAY - early incomplete take of TEMPORARY LIKE ACHILLES from "Blonde On Blonde", recorded at Columbia Studios, New York, 5 Oct 1965

NUMBER ONE - untitled instrumental called "Trk No Vocal" on the tape box and "#1" on the artists' contract card, recorded with the Hawks between the "Highway 61 Revisited" and "Blonde On Blonde" sessions at Columbia Studios, New York, 5 Oct 1965, released as UNKNOWN INSTRUMENTAL

LUNATIC PRINCESS  - listed as "Unknown" on the recording session sheet for 27 Jan 1966 (CO89218), identified by Krogsgaard as I'LL KEEP IT WITH MINE. It starts "Why do you have to be so frantic..."


The Columbia/Legacy 18CD set "The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 - Bob Dylan 1965-1966 The Cutting Edge Collector's Edition", Nov 2015,also includes:

DON'T TELL HIM, TELL ME, recorded in a hotel room in Denver, CO, 12-13 Mar 1966

I CAN'T LEAVE HER BEHIND, song seen being worked out with Robbie Robertson in a hotel room in Glasgow, Scotland, 18-19 May 1966 (two versions)

IF I WAS A KING, song worked on in a hotel room in Glasgow, Scotland, 18-19 May 1966 (two versions)

IF YOU WANT MY LOVE, recorded in a hotel room in Denver, CO, 12-13 Mar 1966

ON A RAINY AFTERNOON, song seen being worked out with Robbie Robertson in a hotel room in Glasgow, Scotland, 18-19 May 1966

POSITIVELY VAN GOGH, recorded in a hotel room in Denver, CO, 12-13 Mar 1966 (three versions)

WHAT KIND OF FRIEND IS THIS?, seen in "Eat The Document" being worked on in a hotel room in Glasgow, Scotland, 18-19 May 1966

These last seven titles are still in BLUE because the 18CD was a strictly limited edition and has now sold out.

There are many more now officially-released Dylan songs that were covered by other artists before being released by Bob, such as those on "Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. 2" (1971), "The Basement Tapes" (1975 release), "Biograph" (1985) and "The Bootleg Series Vols. 1-3" - too many to list here. This "Released" list is therefore restricted to songs released after the setting up of this web-site in 1998.


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