Ballad of a Thin Man

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Bob Dylan ( /ˈdɪlən/; born Robert Allen Zimmerman; May 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, author, poet and artist. He has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for more than five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s when he was an in… more »

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?

Written by: BOB DYLAN

Lyrics © BOB DYLAN MUSIC CO

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