Bob Dylan – Ballad of a Thin Man (Audio)

Bob Dylan – Ballad of a Thin Man (Audio)


You walk into the room
with your pencil in your hand You see somebody naked and 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, Mr. Jones? You raise up your head and
you ask, “Is this where it is?” And somebody points to you
and says, “It’s his” And you say, “What’s mine?”
and somebody else says,
“Well, what is?” And you say, “Oh my God,
am I here all alone?” But something is happening
and you don’t know what it is Do you, Mr. Jones? You hand in your ticket
and you go watch the geek Who immediately walks up to you
when he hears you speak And says, “How does it feel to
be such a freak?” And you say, “Impossible!”
as he hands you a bone And something is happening here
but you don’t know what it is Do you, Mr. Jones? You have many contacts
among the lumberjacks To get you facts when someone
attacks your 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 and
they’ve all liked your looks With great lawyers you have
discussed lepers and 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
and you don’t know what it is Do you, Mr. Jones? Well, the sword swallower
he comes up to you and
then he kneels He crosses himself and then he
clicks his high heels And without further notice,
he asks you how it feels And he says, “Here is
your throat back,
thanks for the loan” And you know something
is happening but you
don’t know what it is Do you, Mr. Jones? Now, you see this one-eyed
midget shouting the word “Now” And you say, “For what reason?”
and he says, “How” And you say, “What does this
mean?” and he screams back,
“You’re a cow! Give me some milk
or else go home” And you know something’s
happening but you
don’t know what it is Do you, Mr. Jones? Well, you walk into
the room like a camel,
and then you frown You put your eyes in your pocket
and your nose on the ground There ought to be a law
against you comin’ around You should be made
to wear earphones ‘Cause something is happening
and you don’t know what it is Do you, Mr. Jones?

100 thoughts on “Bob Dylan – Ballad of a Thin Man (Audio)

  1. about Joan byas no brewing Kaman. but musulant and not knowing what was happening in the real world.

  2. I read somewhere that at the Forest Hills concert, Dylan just finished 'Like A Rolling Stone' and said 'That was about one rolling stone, this one is about another'.

    Brian Jones was in the audience, crushed.

  3. It's made on the basis of Ray Charles's "I believe to my soul", and the lyrics are fine, not much more.

  4. I’ve been listening to this tune a goodly part of my life…. and I do know what is happening, unlike Mr. Jones. [and I know all the words….!]

  5. These early songs seem to me to be the only ones where Dylan deserves to be called a genius, and a pretty great genius at that.

  6. Something is happening in this song, but I don't know what it is. Could some charitable soul (tax-deductible, if possible) please explain what it all means?

  7. i 've always loved dylan . 1. GOD 2 . MESSIAH 3 . Dylan ….. i can recite or sing dylans words . lots of them . it entertains and fascinates me . always did . his poetry are my head movies . always changing , always wonderful . drifting through his thoughts …. can you imagine " being " dylan ? i am so , so, lucky to be alive with him . i've seen him twice . have tons of his music, etc. when i am with my lord i will eventually ask to see dylan . the list of others is great but bob is bob . young fella from hibbing . . .

  8. Ballad Of A Thin Man"
    (originally by Bob Dylan)

    You walk into the room
    With your pencil in your hand
    You see somebody naked
    And 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 ya' don't know what it is
    Do you, Mister Jones?

    You raise up your head
    And you ask, "Is this where it is?"
    And somebody points to you and says
    "It's his"
    And you say, "What's mine?"
    And somebody else says, "Well, what is?"
    And you say, "Oh my God, am I here all alone?"

    But something is happening
    And ya' don't know what it is
    Do you, Mister Jones?

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

    And something is happening here
    But ya' don't know what it is
    Do you, Mister Jones?

    You have many contacts
    Among the lumberjacks
    To get you facts
    When somebody attacks your imagination
    But nobody has any respect
    Anyway they already expect you
    To all give a check
    To tax-deductible charity organization
    Aw, you've been with the professors
    And they've all liked your looks
    With great lawyers you have discussed lepers and crooks
    You've been through all of F. Scott Fitzgerald's books
    You are very well read
    It's well known

    But something is happening here
    And ya' don't know what it is
    Do you, Mister Jones?

    Well, the sword swallower
    He comes up to you and then he kneels
    He crosses himself and then he clicks
    His high heels
    And without further notice he asks you
    How it feels
    And he says, "Here is your throat back
    Thanks for the loan"

    And you know something is happening here
    But ya' don't know what it is
    Do you, Mr. Jones?

    Now you see this one-eyed midget
    Shouting the word "Now"
    And you say, "For what reason?"
    And he says, "How?"
    And you say, "What does this mean?"
    And he screams back, "You're a cow
    Give me some milk or else go home"

    You know something is happening here
    But ya' don't know what it is
    Do you, Mr. Jones?

    Well, you walk into the room like a camel
    And then you frown
    You put your eyes in your pocket
    And your nose on the ground
    There oughta be a law against you
    Comin' around
    You should be made to wear earphones

    'Cause something is happening
    And ya' don't know what it is
    Do you, Mr. Jones?
    'Cause something is happening
    Yeah, ya' don't know what it is
    Do you, Mr. Jones?…

  9. Essa é a minha preferida! A melhor parte é quando ele diz: "But nobody has any respect

    Anyway they already expect you

    To all give a check

    To tax-deductible charity organization"…

  10. getting into the specifics of rock and roll documentary this was the guy the letters all on his back through darkness donovan wise ass smart ass proof highway road stop cd by cd evident original nauseating undigestable purity an answer then the professor a window subterranean prolific honorary stories plate instrument everyone good old without further introduction mood ring ray ban imperial reveal greater pompadour gel essential copies seeing him wait a second valor spell casting hear longevity surveying alan lomax smithsonian asch david carradine many stop signs unplugged casino matter dante seeing doctor terms disclaimer warranty postcard black and white photo robot faction guild covenant shovel

  11. As a classic rock fan, i plead guilty of not paying this man the attention he merits all these years. He's a beast. Scorsese's documentary brought me here. The live performance of this song got my absolute attention. When i found out that song currently on a commercial, the one that goes "oooooo ooooo la la la la la la la," was by dylan i was blown away as well. My respects to you Mr. Dylan.

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  13. Well the song on blinders is Richard hawley not dylan so blinders brought you here I’m sad for you but hawley did awesome also

  14. One of the greatest songs ever written. I just love it. It describes so accurately the feelings we had back in the 60s. Everything was strange and new and brilliant. Music was everywhere, all with different sounds and lyrics. Dylan was right in the middle of it. There are so many good songs on his albums. If you aren't familiar with him you should listen to some of his stuff.

  15. showed a girl I was dating this song and she didn't understand what I was showing her and she got pissed at me and made everything awkward…….

  16. "Ballad Of A Thin Man"

    You walk into the room
    With your pencil in your hand
    You see somebody naked
    And you, 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
    And you ask, "Is this where it is?"
    And somebody points to you and says
    "It's his"
    And you say, "What's mine?"
    And somebody else says, "Well what is?"
    And you say, "Oh my God
    Am I here all alone?"

    But something is happening
    And you don't know what it is
    Do you, Mister Jones?

    You hand in your ticket
    And you go watch the geek
    Who immediately walks up to you
    When he hears you speak
    And says, "How does it feel
    To be such a freak?"
    And you say, "Impossible"
    As he hands you a bone

    And 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 your imagination
    But nobody has any respect
    Anyway they already expect you
    To all give a check
    To tax-deductible charity organizations
    You've been with the professors
    And they've all liked your looks
    With great lawyers you have
    Discussed lepers and 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
    And you don't know what it is
    Do you, Mister Jones?

    Well, the sword swallower, he comes up to you
    And then he kneels
    He crosses himself
    And then he clicks his high heels
    And without further notice
    He asks you how it feels
    And he says, "Here is your throat back
    Thanks for the loan"

    And you know something is happening
    But you don't know what it is
    Do you, Mister Jones?

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

    And you know something's happening
    But you don't know what it is
    Do you, Mister Jones?

    Well, you walk into the room
    Like a camel and then you frown
    You put your eyes in your pocket
    And your nose on the ground
    There ought to be a law
    Against you comin' around
    You should be made
    To wear earphones

    'Cause something is happening
    And you don't know what it is
    Do you, Mister Jones?

  17. My first experience with this amazing song writer. I heard it at a young age and said omg I love this!
    Been loving him every since

  18. Love how this song reminds me of Mr. Jones by Counting Crows. Which I think the name is on purpose because in the song he legitimately says, "I wanna be Bob Dylan", which is pretty cool.

  19. I truly love how sad and resigned he sounds in the refrain. In the rest of the song he sounds flat-out contemptuous, like he hates Mr. Jones and wishes him ill, but in the refrain (especially the final words, "do you, Mr. Jones?"), it's like he's disgusted with Mr. Jones but also feeling sorry for the guy for being so clueless.

    BTW, I've always identified with Mr. Jones. I seldom understand what's happening.

  20. Probably the only person in existence to listen to in sequence “Mr. Jones” by Mike Jones, “Mr. Jones” by Counting Crows. And then this beauty of a classic

  21. The album came out just as US was upping its involvement in Vietnam–a time when Americans, including "best and brightest", were completely clueless. After 60,000 dead, they still had not learned anything. (Also refer tp: "It's All Over Now Baby Blue = USA)

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