A new book claims that Bob Dylan has a committed Jewish-Christian faith, which he is actively expressing right up to the present day, as well suffers from reactive depression.
“Out of the Dark Woods – Dylan, Depression and Faith – (The Messages Behind the Music of Bob Dylan.),” by Dr A T Bradford, examines all of the lyrical sources of the songs of Bob Dylan from 1985 onwards (what is commonly called his ‘post-Christian’ phase), and according to the author discloses hundreds of Biblical and Christian references missed by secular reviewers.
The book also reveals a previously unrecognized illness which resulted in Dylan only releasing 1 original album in the entire 1990’s. Bob Dylan has been opening his recent stage shows with a song that was absent from his set-lists for 29 years. His new and re-written version of “Gonna Change My Way Of Thinking” contains the following lines: “Jesus is coming, coming back to gather his jewels,” and “I’m stepping out of the dark woods, I’m jumping on the monkey’s back.”
Bradford, a British family doctor and government health Commissioner, says that the “monkey” referred to is the monkey of reactive depression; the “dark woods” of which were responsible for his releasing only one original album between 1990 and 2001.
The cover of Dylan’s 1990 album “Under The Red Sky” contained a dedication, “To Gabby Goo-Goo.” In 1986 Dylan had married his gospel back-up singer, Carolyn Dennis. She filed for divorce in 1990, and the nursery-rhyme songs of “Under The Red Sky” are dedicated to their daughter, Gabrielle Desiree. The marriage, birth and divorce were kept a secret until 2001, and so were unknown to reviewers of his next album, “Time Out Of Mind.”
According to Bradford the emotional trauma of the divorce produced in Dylan a severe reactive depression, responsible for the choice of his next album (of original material’s) title, “Time Out Of Mind.” “Time Out Of (my) Mind” summed up the state of Dylan’s mental health. All of the album’s 11 songs contain symptoms of moderate-severe reactive depression, Bradford claims.