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Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues 1

Bob Dylan © 1965 Warner Bros, renewed 1993 Special Rider Music

(Official lyrics @ www.bobdylan.com)


2 Aug 1965
cd imgHIGHWAY 61 REVISITED
cd imgGREATEST HITS Vol. 2
cd imgJUST LIKE TOM THUMB'S BLUES / BALLAD OF A THIN MAN (Vinyl EP)
cd imgHIGHWAY 61 REVISTED AGAIN (T-174)

  Highway 61 Revisited session 5, Columbia Studio A - 2.aug.1965, take 16  
  Live, Stadium, Sydney Australia - 13.apr.1966  
  Live, Festival hall, Melbourne Australia - 19.apr.1966  
  Live, Odeon Theatre, Liverpool UK - 14 .may.1966  
  Live, De Montfort hall, Leicester UK - 15 .may.1966  
  Live, Free Trade Hall, Manchester UK - 17 .may.1966  
  Live, ABC Theatre, Edinburgh UK - 20 .may.1966  

When you're lost in the rain in Juarez
An' it's easter time too
An' your gravity fails
An' negativity don't pull you through
Don't put on any airs
When you're down on rue morgue avenue
They got some hungry women there
An' they really make a mess outta you.

Now if you see Saint Annie
Please tell her thanks a lot
I cannot move
My fingers are all in a knot
I don't have the strength
To get up an' take another shot
An' my best friend, my doctor
Won't even say what it is i have got.

Sweet Melinda
The peasants call her the goddess of gloom
She speaks good english
An' she invites you up into her room
An' you're so kind
An' careful not to go to her too soon
An' she takes your voice
An' leaves you howlin' at the moon.

Up on housin' project hill
It's either fortune or fame
You must pick one or the other
Though neither of them are to be what they claim
If you're lookin' to get silly
You better go back to from where you came
Because the cops don't need you
An' man, they expect the same.

Now all the authorities 
They just stand around an' boast
How they blackmailed the sergeant at arms
Into leavin' his post
An' pickin' up Angel who
Just arrived here from the coast
Who looked so fine at first
But left lookin' just like a ghost.

I started out on burgundy
But soon hit the harder stuff
Everybody said they'd stand behind me
When the game got rough
But the joke was on me
There was nobody even there to bluff
I'm goin' back to New York city
I do believe i've had enough.  up
    

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Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues 2


2 Aug 1965
cd imgTHE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 12 THE CUTTING EDGE (DeLuxe Edition) #2

  Highway 61 Revisited session 5, Columbia Studio A - 2.aug.1965, take 1, rehearsal  
  Highway 61 Revisited session 5, Columbia Studio A - 2.aug.1965, take 3  

When you're lost in the rain down in Juarez
When it's easter too
And your gravity drops
An' negativity don't pull you through
Don't put on any airs
When you're walkin' on rue morgue avenue
They got some hungry women there
An' they really make a mess out of you.

Well if you see Saint Annie
Please tell her thanks a lot
I cannot move
My fingers they're all in a knot
I do not have the strength to get up
And take another shot
And the doctor who's my best friend
Won't even tell what it is i've got.

Sweet Melinda
The peasants call her the goddess of gloom
She speaks good english
An' she invites you up into her room
An' you're so kind
An' careful not to go too soon
An' laid around
You're left howlin' at the moon.

Up on Housing Project hill
It's either fortune or fame
You must pick one or the other
Though neither of them are what they claim
If you're lookin' to get silly
You better go back to from where you came
Because the cops don't need you here
And man, they expect the same.

Now all the authorities 
They just stand around an' boast
How they blackmailed the sergeant at arms
Upon givin' his post
To go bust Angel who
Just arrived here from the coast
Who looked so fine at first
But left here lookin' just like a ghost.

I startet out on burgundy
And soon hit the harder stuff
Everybody said they'd stand behind me
When the game got rough
But it was all a laugh
Because there was no one there to call my bluff
I'm goin' back to New York city
I believe i've had enough.  up
    

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Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues 3


2 Aug 1965
cd imgTHE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 7 NO DIRECTION HOME

  Highway 61 Revisited session 5, Columbia Studio A - 2.aug.1965, take 5  

When you're lost in the rain in Juarez
When it's easter time too
An' your gravity drops
An' negativity don't pull you through
Just don't put on no airs
When you're down on rue morgue avenue
They got some hungry women there
An' man, they really make a mess outta you.

Now if you see saint Annie
Please tell her thanks a lot
I cannot move
My fingers are all in a knot
I don't have the strength to get up
An' take another shot
An' my best friend, my doctor
Won't even say what it is i've got.

Sweet Melinda
The peasants call her the goddess of gloom
She speaks good english
An' she invites you up into her room
An' you're so kind
An' careful not to go to her too soon
An' she steals your voice
An' leaves you howlin' at the moon.

Up on Housing Project hill
It's either fortune or fame
You must pick one or the other
And neither of 'em are to be what they claim
If you're lookin' to get silly
You better go back to from where you came
'Cause the cops don't need you here
An' man, they expect the same.

Now all the authorities 
They just stand around an' boast
How they blackmailed the sergeant at arms
To get him up an' leave his post
An' pickin' up Angel who
Just arrived down here from the coast
Who looked so fine at first
But left here lookin' just like a ghost.

I started out on burgundy
But soon hit the harder stuff
Everybody said they'd be behind me
When the game got rough
But it was all a big laugh
There was nobody even there to call my bluff
I'm goin' back to New York city
I do believe i had enough.  up
    

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Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues 4


2 Aug 1965
cd imgTHE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 12 THE CUTTING EDGE (DeLuxe Edition) #3

  Highway 61 Revisited session 5, Columbia Studio A - 2.aug.1965, take 13  

When you're lost in the rain in Juarez
An' it's easter time too
And your gravity drops
An' negativity don't pull you through
Just don't put on any airs
When you're down on rue morgue avenue
They got some hungry women there
An' they really make a mess out of you.

Now if you see Saint Annie
Please tell her thanks a lot
I cannot move
My fingers are all in a knot
I don't have the strength to get up
And take another shot
An' my doctor who's my best friend
Won't even tell what it is i've got.

Sweet Melinda
The peasants call her the goddess of gloom
She speaks good english
An' invites you up into her room
An' you're so kind
An' careful not to go to her too soon
An' she steals your voice
An' leaves you howlin' at the moon.

Up on Housing Project hill
It's either fortune or fame
You must take your pick
Though neither of them are what they claim
If you're lookin' to get silly
You better go back to from where you came
Because the cops don't need you there
An' man, they expect the same.

Now all the authorities 
They just stand around an' boast
How they blackmailed the sergeant at arms
Into leavin' his post
An' pickin' up Angel who
Just arrived down there from the coast
Who looked so fine at first
But left here lookin' like a ghost.

Well i started out on burgundy
But soon i hit the harder stuff
Everybody said they'd be behind me
When the game got rough
But the joke was on me
There was nobody there to call my bluff
I'm goin' back to New York city
I do believe i've had enough.  up
    

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Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues 5


1 May 1970
cd imgPOSSUM BELLY OVERALLS (T-358)
cd imgMEETS GEORGE HARRISON AND JOHNNY CASH (T-126)
cd imgALMOST WENT TO SEE ELVIS (T-535)

  New Morning recording session 1, Columbia Studios, NYC - 1.may.1970  

When you're lost in the rain in Juarez
And it's eastertime too
And your gravity's down
Negativity don't get you through
Just don't put on any airs
On rue morgue avenue
They've got some hungry women there
they really make a mess out of you.

If you see Saint Annie
Please tell her thanks a lot
I cannot move so well
My fingers are all in a knot
I don't have the strength to get up
And get another shot
And my best friend, the doctor
Won't say what it is that I've got.

Up on Housing Project Hill
It's either fortune or fame
You must pick one or the other
Neither of them are what they claim
If you're looking to get silly
You'd better go back to from where you came
'Cause the cops don't need you
And man, they expect the same.

Well I started on Burgundy
Soon hit the harder stuff
When the game got rough
when the game finally got rough
Everybody was my friend
When the going got tough
I'm going back to New York City
I believe I've had almost enough.

Hey hey hey hey hey
Hey hey hey hey hey
Hey hey hey hey hey

When you're lost in the rain in Juarez
And it's easter time too
And your gravity's down
Negativity don't get you through
Just don't put on any airs
On rue morgue avenue
They've got some hungry women there
They really make a mess out of you.

Hey hey hey hey hey
Hey hey hey hey hey
Hey hey hey hey hey  up
    

 Recording dates & record list

2 Aug 1965 1 HIGHWAY 61 REVISITED
GREATEST HITS Vol. 2
JUST LIKE TOM THUMB'S BLUES / BALLAD OF A THIN MAN (single)
HIGHWAY 61 REVISTED AGAIN (b)
2 Aug 1965 2 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 12 THE CUTTING EDGE (DeLuxe Edition) #2
2 Aug 1965 4 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 12 THE CUTTING EDGE (DeLuxe Edition) #3
2 Aug 1965 3 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 7 NO DIRECTION HOME
2 Aug 1965 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 12 THE CUTTING EDGE (DeLuxe Edition)
3 Sep 1965 ELECTRIC BLACK NITE CRASH (b)
4 Dec 1965 LONG DISTANCE OPERATOR (b)
13 Apr 1966 HAPPY DYLENNIUM (b)
19 Apr 1966 BOB DYLAN'S DREAM Vol. 1 (b)
14 May 1966 HARD TO FIND Vol. 3 (Even Harder To Find) (b)
BURN SOME MORE (vb)
15 May 1966 LEICESTER '66 (b)
17 May 1966 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 4 BOB DYLAN LIVE 1966
LIVE IN ENGLAND MAY 1966 (b)
A WEEK IN THE LIFE (b)
GUITARS KISSING & THE CONTEMPORARY FIX (b)
LONDON MAY 26 1966 (b)
IN 1966 THERE WAS --- (vb)
1 May 1970 5 POSSUM BELLY OVERALLS (b)
MEETS GEORGE HARRISON AND JOHNNY CASH (b)
ALMOST WENT TO SEE ELVIS (b)
14 Jan 1974 LOVE SONGS FOR AMERICA (b)
17 Jan 1974 BOB DYLAN / THE BAND (vb)
15 July 1978 THE PICNIC AT BLACKBUSHE (b)
30 Nov 1980 RISE AGAIN (b)
4 Dec 1980 A MUSICAL RETROSPECTIVE (b)
30 June 1988 THE CRITICS CHOICE Vol. 4 (b)
4 Sep 1988 WANTED MAN (b)
May 1989 NEVER ENDING TOUR REHEARSALS (b)
7 June 1995 LOUD AND STRONG (b)
18 Nov 2000 PATHWAY TO THE STARS (b)