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

Compiled by Alan Fraser

FieldmouseFromNebraska.jpg (26965 bytes)
Michel Montecrossa's 2002 Mira Sound Germany album Fieldmouse From Nebraska, featuring "co-composition" MIRRORS OF FLOWERS

Revised: 18 April, 2017

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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.)


 

MAD LYDIA'S WALTZ Earth Opera, 1969 N
Actually a track by Earth Opera, not Bob Dylan - see AS IT IS BEFORE

 

MAGIC 1981 S
Song originally scheduled for "Shot Of Love", recorded at Clover Recorder, Los Angeles, CA, 23-24 Apr 1981

 

MAKIN’ A LIAR 1980 N?
Played to Mark Knopfler in a hotel room in Los Angeles, CA, Sep 1980. According to Clinton Heylin's book "Still On The Road - The Songs Of Bob Dylan Vol. 2: 1974-2008" (Constable, 2010) it was also rehearsed at Rundown Studios, Santa Monica, CA, in Oct 1980

 

MANY LOVES Bob Dylan/Allen Ginsberg, 1971 S
Recorded at The Record Plant, New York, 17 Nov 1971 - intended for Ginsberg’s "Holy Soul Jelly Roll" album, but as yet unreleased

 

MANTRAS Bob Dylan/Allen Ginsberg, 1971 N?
Recorded at The Record Plant, New York, 17 Nov 1971 - intended for Ginsberg’s "Holy Soul Jelly Roll" album, but as yet unreleased

 


Black Holes And Revelations - 2006 Helium 3/Warner Bros album by Muse with the studio version of MAP OF THE PROBLEMATIQUE

H.A.A.R.P. - 2008 Warner Bros CD + DVD set by Muse with a 2007 live version of MAP OF THE PROBLEMATIQUE
MAP OF THE PROBLEMATIQUE Bob Dylan/Matthew Bellamy, 2006 N?
Thanks to Tim Dunn for information about this SESAC copyrighted song by Matthew Bellamy of British group Muse which "incorporates elements of MAGGIE'S FARM written by Bob Dylan and published by Special Rider Music (SESAC)". The original studio version is on the Muse album "Black Holes And Revelations" (Helium 3 Records, UK/Warner Bros, USA, 2006) and there is a live version recorded at Wembley Stadium London, 16-17 Jun 2007on the Muse CD + DVD set "H.A.A.R.P." (Warner Bros, UK/USA, 2008)

 

MARCH AROUND THE DINNER TABLE Bob Dylan/The Band, 1973 N?
Instrumental recorded during "Planet Waves" sessions at The Village Recorder, Los Angeles, CA, 02 Nov 1973

 


Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes [Various Artists], Electromagnetic Recordings/Harvest Records 2537950140 (USA/Europe) containing the "lost" Dylan song MARRIED TO MY HACK completed by Elvis Costello

MARRIED TO MY HACK

Bob Dylan/Elvis Costello, 1967/2014 Y
T-Bone Burnett has produced an album called "Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes", released in Nov 2014, consisting of unreleased Bob songs from lyrics unused during the Basement Tapes sessions with The Band in Woodstock, New York in 1967, completed by Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens, Taylor Goldsmith, Jim James and Marcus Mumford. MARRIED TO MY HACK has been completed by Elvis Costello

 

MARY LOU, I LOVE YOU TOO Bob Dylan/one or more members of The Band, 1969-71 N?
An otherwise unknown song listed by Tim Dunn in his book "The Bob Dylan Copyright Files 1962-2007" (AuthorHouse, 2008) - no recording or performance is known, probably the same song as BABY LOU

 

MATTHEW MET MARY

Bob Dylan/Elvis Costello, 1967/2014 Y
This Basement Tapes song completed by Elvis Costello was not included in "Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes", released in Nov 2014, the album consisting of unreleased Bob songs from lyrics unused during the Basement Tapes sessions with The Band in Woodstock, New York in 1967, completed by Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens, Taylor Goldsmith, Jim James and Marcus Mumford. Elvis said in an interview with the "Los Angeles Times" in 2014: "A kind of refrain is 'A thousand doors couldn't hold me back from you'. If you wrote that line, would you leave it in a drawer for 47 years?". "Elvis Costello has performed this song live several times in late 2014/early 2015. Thanks to Tim Dunn for information

 

MAUREEN Bob Dylan?, 1968 N?
Thanks to Gil Walker for passing on to me this post to HWY-61L by Ray Schweighardt:

"As some of you may know, I have been researching The Beatles' January 1969 "Get Back" sessions for many years. New tapes show up sporadically, and one has just recently surfaced that contains a very interesting song. After John completes a brief performance of "Annie", a song he wrote for Ringo to perform in 1967 (it has never been released in any form), George states "there's one Dylan wrote and it goes likes this ...". He then precedes to perform a half-finished song apparently entitled "Maureen". The verse begins "Everybody's finger-pickin', B and  C and D and ...." and the chorus is simply "Maureen, oh Maureen" over and over.

George did stay with Dylan during November of 1968 (where he learned "I Threw It All Away", which he performed on January 9, 1969, a full month before Dylan recorded it), and they co-wrote at least two songs, "I'd Have You Anytime" (released on George's "All Things Must Pass") and "Nowhere To Go" (never released, though I would highly recommend George's unreleased 1970 demo, which is much better than the unfinished '68 Dylan/Harrison performance). So the question is, is "Maureen" a lost Dylan composition? Or perhaps a lost Dylan-Harrison composition? Or did George write it himself and feel too embarrassed to admit that he had written a song dedicated to Ringo's wife (who was named Maureen)?"

See other pages of this directory for information about I'D HAVE YOU ANYTIME and NOWHERE TO GO.

 

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The Traveling Wilburys Collection - 2007 Rhino boxed set containing the previously unreleased MAXINE

MAXINE Bob Dylan/George Harrison/Jeff Lynne/Tom Petty, 1990 S
Out-take from "Travelling Wilburys Vol. 3", recorded at Wilbury Mountain Studio, Los Angeles, CA, Apr 1990, finally released on the 2007 Rhino boxed set, "The Traveling Wilburys Collection", see 2007 Wilburys

 

MEAN OL' MISSISSIPPI BLUES 1961 N? Y
Lyrics in a manuscript left by Bob at the home of Eve and Mac McKenzie after staying there in Summer 1961 - information from Clinton Heylin's book "Revolution In The Air - The Songs Of Bob Dylan Vol. 1: 1957-73" (Constable, 2009)

 

MEDICINE SHOW [MEDICINE SUNDAY] 1966 O
Early incomplete take of TEMPORARY LIKE ACHILLES, released on "Blonde On Blonde" - this take contains the words "midnight train" in the first line, so it can also be found under that title. Recorded with The Band at Columbia Studios, New York, 05 Oct 1965 (CO87183) during the early "Blonde On Blonde" sessions. Short-listed for "The Bootleg Series Vols. 1-3", it appears on the "Highway 61 Interactive" CD-ROM. Frequently mis-dated as 30 Nov - 01 Dec 1965 and also misplaced as Sunset Studios, Los Angeles, CA. No longer an unreleased song since two takes were released in Nov 2015 on "The Best of The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12".

 

MEXICAN RAG 1963 O
Alternate name for SUZE (THE COUGH SONG), instrumental recorded during the "Times They Are A-Changin'" sessions and released on "The Bootleg Series Vols. 1-3"

 

MERRILY TO WELCOME IN THE NEW YEAR Bob Dylan/Allen Ginsberg, 1971 N?
Recorded at The Record Plant, New York, 17 Nov 1971 - intended for Ginsberg’s "Holy Soul Jelly Roll" album, but as yet unreleased

 

MIDNIGHT TRAIN 1966 O
Alternate title for MEDICINE SUNDAY, the early incomplete take of TEMPORARY LIKE ACHILLES, released on "Blonde On Blonde" - it contains the words "midnight train" in the first line. Recorded with The Band at Columbia Studios, New York, 05 Oct 1965 (CO87183). Frequently mis-dated as 30 Nov - 01 Dec 1965 and also misplaced as Sunset Studios, Los Angeles, CA, now included on CD9 of the 18CD set The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 - Bob Dylan 1965-1966 The Cutting Edge Collector's Edition, Nov 2015

 


Pittsburgh Penguins/Kardaz Inc FS 759 (USA, 1993) - 7" stereo single by Kardaz with their song THE MIGHTY GUINS, new lyrics to THE MIGHTY QUINN

THE MIGHTY GUINS Bob Dylan/Robert Kardasz/Christopher Kardasz/Chuck Guzelli, 1993 O
Version of THE MIGHTY QUINN with new lyrics by Kardaz, inspired by the Pittsburgh Penguins ice hockey team's attempt to repeat their Stanley Cup win in the National Hockey League in the 1992-93 season, released on a 7" stereo single in May 1993! Thanks to Tim Dunn for information

 

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Michel Montecrossa's 2002 Mira Sound Germany album Fieldmouse From Nebraska, featuring this song and nine other "co-compositions"

MIRRORS OF FLOWERS Bob Dylan/Michel Montecrossa, 2002 O
Like JACK O' DIAMONDS, not strictly a Dylan song, but a written lyric of Bob's set to music without authorisation by Italian "Cyber-rocker" Michel Montecrossa on his Mira Sound Germany album "Fieldmouse From Nebraska" (Germany, 2002), see - thanks to David Plentus for spotting this item!

 

MISS TEA AND SYMPATHY Bob Dylan/Helena Springs, 1978 or 1979 N?
An otherwise unknown song listed by Tim Dunn in his book "The Bob Dylan Copyright Files 1962-2007" (AuthorHouse, 2008) - a version may exist with vocals by Helena Springs

 


"Annie Lennox: The Biography" by Briony Sutherland and Lucy Ellis (Omnibus Press, 2001)


Revenge by the Eurythmics with MISSIONARY MAN (RCA, 1986)


MISSIONARY MAN /TAKE YOUR PAIN AWAY by the Eurythmics (RCA 7" single, 1986)

MISSIONARY MAN Dave Stewart/Annie Lennox/Bob Dylan, 1985 N?
Thanks to Arie de Reus for this excerpt from "Annie Lennox: The Biography" by Briony Sutherland and Lucy Ellis (Omnibus Press, 2001, p.281) referring to the "Knocked out Loaded" recording sessions at the Eurythmics Church in London, 20-23 Nov 1985: "Annie was there and we were all drunk on tequila", chuckles Dave. "Dylan was reciting the lyrics to these songs as the backing tracks played, but he was just making them up on the spot. And Annie was trying to scribble them down as he went along. he did it for about nine songs just singing these brilliant lyrics, completely off the top of his head. It's then that you realise that someone like that probably never sits at a typewriter for hours staring at a blank page." Thrilled with Dylan's improvisation Annie raced home and created a poem from his words, which eventually morphed into the lyrics for MISSIONARY MAN."

Thanks to Tim Dunn for further information: "The song originally appeared, including lyrics on the LP sleeve, on the Eurythmics' album "REVENGE" (RCA AJLI-5847), released on 19 June 1986 (date from the copyright registration for the album); the CD version is RCA PCD1-5847 and also includes the lyrics. The song also is on the single MISSIONARY MAN b/w TAKE YOUR PAIN AWAY (RCA PB-14414, released in mid July 1986. I could not locate a registration for the song but a copyright transfer recorded on 20 April 1987 says "By David Allen Stewart & Annie Lennox" and gives Red Network Music, Inc. as Party 1; the LP sleeve reads "All songs published by RCA Music Ltd." while the LP label reads "RCA Music Ltd./Red Network Music." The LP and CD lyrics state "Stewart/Lennox." There is no mention of Dylan or Special Rider Music in the album notes."

 


The Globe Sessions by Sheryl Crow (A&M, 1998) with her version of the then unreleased song MISSISSIPPI

MISSISSIPPI 1997 O
Out-take from 1997's "Time Out Of Mind", given by Bob to Sheryl Crow for her "The Globe Sessions" album (A&M, 1998). Now released by Bob himself on "Love And Theft", 2001, and in three 1997 versions on "The Bootleg Series Vol. 8: Tell Tale Signs", 2008

 

MISSISSIPPI FLOOD John Lee Hooker, 1967 H
This song, listed as THE BIG FLOOD on "The Genuine Basement Tapes", is actually John Lee Hooker’s TUPELO
Now released on CD2 of "The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 - Bob Dylan And The Band: The Basement Tapes Complete", Nov 2014

 

MISSISSIPPI RIVER BLUES 1961 N?
Thanks to Tim Dunn for information that the page with the handwritten lyrics of this song were auctioned on the Internet on 24 Jun 2006 - no recording or performance is known

 

MOLLY CLIFF Bob Dylan/Kevin Colgan/Bob Patrick/Brooks McPhail/Alex Russell, 1993 N?
Kevin Colgan, Bob Patrick, Brooks McPhail and Alex Russell are members of a band called Molly Cliff. This item is described in the copyright entry as "re-arrangement of some Bob Dylan music and some additional words and music". Released on a CD, presumably of the same name, in October 1993 - more details required

 

MONEY BLUES Bob Dylan/Jacques Levy, 1975 S
Recorded during "Desire" sessions at Columbia Studios, New York, 28 Jul 1975, lyrics on bobdylan.com are here - the recording was reportedly too chaotic to be used, but is in limited circulation. Jacques Levy sang it some years later on WBAI-FM in New York. In his book "Still On The Road - The Songs Of Bob Dylan Vol. 2: 1974-2008" (Constable, 2010), Clinton Heylin says it was also rehearsed at a session in Minneapolis, MN, in Winter 1975 with a local band, Willie Murphy and The Bees

 


"The Masked Marauders" (Deity/Reprise 6378, USA, 1969) - spoof album including fake Dylan song
MORE OR LESS HUDSON'S BAY AGAIN

MORE OR LESS HUDSON'S BAY AGAIN 1969 N?
One of the songs supposedly by Bob on the 1969 spoof album "The Masked Marauders" (Deity/Reprise 6378, USA, 1969), who were supposed to be a secret supergroup including Bob Dylan, John, Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Mick Jagger. This was generated by a spoof album review in "Rolling Stone" magazine for 18 Oct 1969. See the "C" page for COW PIE

 

MORE THAN FLESH AND BLOOD Bob Dylan/Helena Springs, 1978 R C
Rehearsed at Rundown Studios, Santa Monica, CA, Sep 1978 with vocals by Helena Springs. Thanks to Tim Dunn for the information that the Rundown recording was copyrighted in 1979 and started circulating in 2002. Also thanks to Tobias Levander for pointing out that a previously unidentified performance by Bob at the soundcheck, New Haven, CT, 17 Sep 1978, is also this song with different lyrics - it was included on a tour playlist but never actually performed for an audience. This song was also performed at a soundcheck at Omaha, NB, 4 Nov 1978 when it was given the incorrect title of YOUR ROCKING CHAIR

 

MORE TO THIS THAN MEETS THE EYE 1981 S
Instrumental recorded during "Shot Of Love" sessions, Cream Studios, Los Angeles, CA, 01 Apr 1981

 


Songs For Lonely Americans by "Sir Vincent Lone" (Return To Sender Records, Germany, 2004/Cooking Vinyl Records, UK, 2006) containing the Dylan "co-composition" MOSCOW TRAIN

MOSCOW TRAIN Jackie Leven/Bob Dylan, 2006 N
In "The Telegraph", issue 51, Scottish singer Jackie Leven, former leader of punk band Doll By Doll, recounts how he met Bob Dylan in a Berlin hotel bar on 5 Oct 1988, and subsequently travelled with him by train from Berlin to St. Petersburg in Russia. For more details see AS WE SAILED INTO SKIBBEREEN. Leven has now written this second "co-composition", of which he claims in his introduction when performing live that Bob suggested the line "A closed-eyed woman is looking at me on a Moscow train". Bob is supposed to have said this when describing his experience on the Moscow subway system in Oct 1985. The song is included on a 2004 German album "Songs For Lonely Americans" (Return To Sender Records) which Leven recorded under the pseudonym of "Sir Vincent Lone" for copyright reasons. Bob is not credited. Thanks to Artur Jarosinski for all this information. Thanks to Tim Dunn for information that the album was released on Cooking Vinyl Records in the UK on 11 Sep 2006

 

MOST DEFINITELY NOT VAN GOGH 1966 H
Song worked on in a hotel room in Denver, CO, 12-13 Mar 1966 - the definite title is unknown, and this is almost certainly a guess. Also known as POSITIVELY VAN GOGH and SPURIOUSLY SEVENTEEN WINDOWS (THE PAINTING BY VAN GOGH)! Now included as POSITIVELY VAN GOGH on CD18 of the Columbia/Legacy 18CD set "The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 - Bob Dylan 1965-1966 The Cutting Edge Collector's Edition", Nov 2015 (three versions)

 

MOTHER LIONS Bob Dylan/Willie Dixon/Clay Mitchell, 1981 N?
Described as "a rhythm and blues musical drama", this is a play by Clay Mitchell that incorporates some lyrics by Bob Dylan and some by Willie Dixon.

 

MOTHER 1963 N?
Early song mentioned by Bob during his interview with Studs Terkel on "The Studs Terkel Wax Museum" radio show, WFMT radio, Chicago, IL, recorded 26 Apr 1963, broadcast 3 May 1963. He apparently wrote in the 5th Grade at school for his mother. No recording is known. Thanks to Avery Holland for reminding me of this. This song isn't listed in Clinton Heylin's book "Revolution In The Air - The Songs Of Bob Dylan Vol. 1: 1957-73" (Constable, 2009), but he does mention in passing "some doggerel on Mother's Day and Father's Day" from Dylan's teens which may refer to the song in question

 

MOTHER REVISITED 1965 O
VISIONS OF JOHANNA, released on "Blonde On Blonde", was introduced by Bob with this title in Melbourne, Australia, April 1966. He may be referring to the previous song

 

MOVIN’ 1981 N?
Instrumental recorded during "Shot Of Love" sessions at United Western Studios, Los Angeles, CA, 02 Apr 1981, also known as WAIT AND SEE

 

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Boo! (Rykodisc, USA, 2008) from Was (Not Was) with MR. ALICE DOESN'T LIVE HERE ANY MORE

MR. ALICE DOESN'T LIVE HERE ANY MORE Bob Dylan/Don Was/David Was, 1990 N?
Alternate title of a song recorded for the Don Was-produced album "Under The Red Sky", recorded at The Complex, Los Angeles, CA, 19-20 Apr 1990, and listed by Clinton Heylin as SHIRLEY TEMPLE DON'T LIVE HERE ANY MORE - see that entry. The Dylan version is not circulating, but the song was recorded by Was (Not Was) with this title in the early 1990s, although not released. They performed it live on radio as part of a Dylan tribute called "Oh Merci", broadcast on KCRW radio, Santa Monica, CA, on 04 Jul 1993. Thanks to Gil Walker for this quote from Don Was: "There's one song that we wrote with Bob Dylan when I was producing "Under the Red Sky." We were sitting around watching "I Dream of Jeannie" in the lounge, and I thought, 'This was kind of a waste. You work all your life to be able to hang out with your hero and then you end up watching "I Dream of Jeannie."' So at the time, my wife [then in A&R for Virgin Records] had signed Paula Abdul so she was about to record her second album. So I said, 'Let's write a song for Paula Abdul.' So Bob shut the TV off and he, David and I wrote "MR. ALICE DOESN'T LIVE HERE ANY MORE." It was released belatedly on their Rykodisc album "Boo!" (Rykodisc RCD-10943, USA, 2008) - thanks to Jack Guerreiro for the scan

 

MR. RAGAMUFFIN MAN    
This is one of the titles on a hoax tape called "The Pittsburgh Radio Tape" listed by Paul Cable in his book "Bob Dylan - His Unreleased Recordings" - see DEATH LETTER BLUES. RAGAMUFFIN MAN was a hit for Manfred Mann in 1969, and they were known for recording unreleased Dylan songs like THE MIGHTY QUINN, so this may be the connection here

 

MY GIRL 1965 O
Recording session sheet title of SHE BELONGS TO ME, released on "Bringing It All Back Home" - also called WORSE THAN MONEY

 

MY GIRL (IT’S GROWING) 1981 N?
Instrumental recorded during "Shot Of Love" sessions at Cream Studios, Los Angeles, CA, 01 Apr 1981

 

MY LOVE WAITS LIKE SILENCE 1965 O
Title used for alternate take of LOVE MINUS ZERO/NO LIMIT, official version released on "Bringing It All Back Home"

 

MY ORIENTAL HOME [MY ORIENTAL HOUSE] 1981 S
Instrumental recorded during "Shot Of Love" sessions, Clover Recorder, Los Angeles, CA, 01 May 1981

 

MY OWN TRUE LOVE 1962 D M R
Alternate title of FAREWELL, circulating in several performances from Dec 62 to May 63

 

MY PREVIOUS LIFE Bob Dylan?, 1970 N?
Recorded during "New Morning" sessions at Columbia Studios, New York, 05 Mar 1970 (no CO no.)

 

MY LA-LA/MY TRUE LA LA Ray Price/Leonard McRight, 1989 L
MY LA- LA is a title guessed by Clinton Heylin for HEY LA LA, a country cover performed in May-July 1989, sometimes also seen as MY TRUE LA LA (a phrase from the chorus)

 

MY SWEET BABY (ROUND AND AROUND) Bob Dylan?, 1984-5 S
Previously unknown song possibly recorded at Cherokee Studios, Hollywood, CA, May-Oct 1985, possibly the same song as ROUND AND ROUND, rehearsed at the Beverley Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, 23 May 1984

 

MY WOMAN, SHE'S A-LEAVIN' Bob Dylan/one or more members of The Band, 1966-68 N?
An otherwise unknown song listed by Tim Dunn in his book "The Bob Dylan Copyright Files 1962-2007" (AuthorHouse, 2008) - no recording or performance is known. It was copyrighted under this name in 1976 but may be the same song as ON A RAINY AFTERNOON, which shares this theme

 

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