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Ballad Of A Thin Man 1

Bob Dylan © 1965 Warner Bros. Music

(Official lyrics @ www.bobdylan.com)


2 Aug 1965
cd imgHIGHWAY 61 REVISITED
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 2, breakdown  
  Highway 61 Revisited session 5, Columbia Studio A - 2.aug.1965, take 3, album version  

You walk into the room 
With your pencil in your hand
You see somebody naked 
An' you say ''Who is that man?''
You try so hard
But you don't understand
Just what you will say
When you get home.

Because something is happening here
But you don't know what it is
Do you mister Jones?

You raise up your head 
An' you ask ''Is this where it is?''
An' somebody points to you 
An' says, ''It's his''
An' you say, ''What's mine?''
An' somebody else says, ''Where what is?''
An' you say, ''Oh my god
Am i here all alone?''

But something is happening here
An' you don't know what it is
Do you mister Jones?

You hand in your ticket 
An' you go watch the geek
Who immediately walks up to you 
When he hears you speak
An' say, ''How does it feel to 
Be such a freak?''
An' you say, ''Impossible''
As he hands you a bone.

An' something is happening here
But you don't know what it is
Do you mister Jones?

You have many contacts 
Among the lumberjacks
To get you facts
When someone attacks our imagination
But nobody has any respect 
Anyway they already expect you
To all give a check
To tax deductible charity organizations

Ah, you've been with the professors 
An' they've all liked your looks
With great lawyers you have 
Discussed lepers an' crooks
You've been through all of 
F. Scott Fitzgerald's books
You're very well read
It's well known.

But something is happening here
An' you don't know what it is
Do you mister Jones?

Well the sword swallower he 
Walks up to you an' then he kneels
He crosses himself an' then he 
Clicks his high heels
An' without further notice
He asks you how it feels
An' he says, ''Here is your throat back
Thanks for the loan.''

An' you know something is happening
But you don't know what it is
Do you mister Jones?

Now you see this one eyed midget
Shoutin' the word ''Now''
An' you say, ''For what reason?''
An' he says, ''How?''
An' you say, ''What does this mean?''
An' he screams back, ''You're a cow
Give me some milk
Or else go home.''

An' you know something is happening
But you don't know what it is
Do you mister Jones?

Well you walk into the room
Like a camel an' then you frown
You put your eyes in your pocket
An' your nose on the ground
There oughta be a law
Against you comin' around
You should made to wear earphones.

'Cause something is happening
An' you don't know what it is
Do you mister Jones?  up
    

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Ballad Of A Thin Man 2


17 May 1966
cd imgTHE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 4 BOB DYLAN LIVE 1966
cd imgLIVE IN ENGLAND MAY 1966 (T-124)
cd imgA WEEK IN THE LIFE #2 (T-392)
cd imgGUITARS KISSING & THE CONTEMPORARY FIX (T-024)
cd imgLONDON MAY 26 1966 (T-123)
cd imgIN 1966 THERE WAS --- (vinyl bootleg)

20 May 1966
cd imgTHE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 7 NO DIRECTION HOME

20 May 1966
cd imgLIVE 1962-1966 Rare Performances From The Copyright Collections

  Live, Stadium, Sydney, Australia - 13.apr.1966  
  Live, Odeon, Birmingham UK - 12.may.1966  
  Live, Free Trade Hall, Manchester UK - 17.may.1966  
  Live, ABC Theatre, Edinburgh UK - 20.may.1966  

You walk into the room 
With your pencil in your hand
You see somebody naked 
You say "Who is that man?''
You try so hard
But you don't understand
Just what you will say
When you get home.

Because you know something is happening here
But you don't know what it is
Do you mister Jones?

You walk so politely 
An' you ask "Is this where it is?''
An' somebody points to you 
An' says, "It's his''
An' you say, "What's mine?''
Somebody else says, "Where what is?''
An' you say, "Oh my god
Am i here all alone?''

But because you know something is happening here
It's just that you don't know what it is
Do you mister Jones?

You hand in your money 
To go watch the geek
Who suddenly walks up to you 
When he hears you speak
Saying, "How does it feel to 
Be such a freak?''
An' you say, "Impossible''
As he hands you a bone.

Yes 'cause you know something is happening here
But you don't know what it is
Do you mister Jones?

You have many contacts 
Out there among the lumberjacks
To get you facts
When someone attacks your imagination
But nobody has any respect 
Anyway they just expect
You to give your check
To tax deductible charity organizations

Ah, you've been with the professors 
An' they've all liked your looks
With great lawyers and scholars
You discussed lepers an' crooks
You've been thru all of 
F.Scott Fitzgerald's books
You're very well read
It's well known.

Yes but still something is happening here
An' you don't know what it is
Do you mister Jones?

The sword swallower he 
Walks up to you an' then he kneels
He crosses himself 
An' he clicks his high heels
An' without further notice
Calls you how it feels
An' he says, "Here is your throat back
Thanks for the loan.''

Yes and you begin to really know something's happening
And you wish you knew what is was
Don't you mister Jones?

You see this one eyed midget
Shouting the word "Now''
An' you say, "For what reason?''
An' he says, "How?''
You say, "Oh, my god what does that mean?''
An' he screams back, "You're a cow
Give me some milk
Or else go home.''

An' you're positive something's happening
And you know you got to find out what it is
Don't you mister Jones?

Well you walk into the room
Like a camel an' then you frown
You put your eyes in your pocket
An' your nose underground
There oughta be a law
Against you comin' around
You should made to be carryin' around old times telephones.

'Cause something is happening
An' you don't know what it is
Do you mister Jones?  up
    

 Recording dates & record list

2 Aug 1965 1 HIGHWAY 61 REVISITED
JUST LIKE TOM THUMB'S BLUES / BALLAD OF A THIN MAN (single)
HIGHWAY 61 REVISTED AGAIN (b)
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)
12 May 1966 A WEEK IN THE LIFE (b)
17 May 1966 2 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 4 BOB DYLAN LIVE 1966
LIVE IN ENGLAND MAY 1966 (b)
A WEEK IN THE LIFE (b) #2
GUITARS KISSING & THE CONTEMPORARY FIX (b)
LONDON MAY 26 1966 (b)
IN 1966 THERE WAS --- (vb)
20 May 1966 2 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 7 NO DIRECTION HOME
LIVE 1962-1966 Rare Performances From The Copyright Collections
14 Jan 1974 LOVE SONGS FOR AMERICA (b)
17 Jan 1974 BOB DYLAN / THE BAND (vb)
14 Feb 1974 BEFORE THE FLOOD
29 Oct 1975 THE ROLLING THUNDER REVUE: THE LIVE 1975 RECORDING
Jan 1978 THE RUNDOWN REHEARSAL TAPES (b)
GENUINE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 3 The Third One Now (b)
THE RUNDOWN REHEARSAL TAPES (b) #2
1 Mar 1978 BOB DYLAN AT BUDOKAN
2 June 1978 STOP CRYING (b)
4 July 1978 MY BACK PAGES (b)
6 July 1978 BORDER BENEATH THE SUN (b)
15 July 1978 THE PICNIC AT BLACKBUSHE (b)
12 Oct 1978 I WAS YOUNG WHEN I LEFT HOME (b)
25 July 1981 AVIGNON (b)
10 Nov 1981 STADIUMS OF THE DAMNED (b)
27 Jun 1981 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 13 1979/1981 TROUBLE NO MORE (DeLuxe Edition)
23/25 May 1984 DIRTY LIES (b)
28 May 1984 THE JOKERMAN PLAYS IN THE ARENA (vb)
7 July 1984 REAL LIVE
25 Feb 1986 ACROSS THE BORDERLINE
4 July 1987 FOXBORO (b)
4 Sep 1988 WANTED MAN (b)
May 1989 NEVER ENDING TOUR REHEARSALS (b)
29 June 1991 THE NEVER ENDING TOUR (b)
29 June 1991 MIDFYN (b)
9 Feb 1993 TOMORROW NIGHTS (b)
18 Apr 1994 THE REAL VOICE OF AMERICA (b)
29 Mar 1995 BOB'S FULL HOUSE BRIXTON III (b)
4 Aug 1996 NOT DARK YET (single)
HARD TO FIND Vol. 5 (Lost Track Searcher) (b)
15 Feb 1999 THE LONELY GRAVEYARD OF MY MIND (b)
LES BONS MOMENTS (b)