Ballad of a Thin Man
Bob Dylan Lyrics


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?

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Written by: BOB DYLAN

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

Liam Cronin

@wayne252525 ​ wayne252525 well my take on the porn hub reference is this
lyrics like the sword sallower comes up to and then he kneels here is your throat back thanks for the loan lines/lyrics like that
and many more are very clear to me to be referencing homosexuality but that is off top of my head and its a bit foggy today something bout lumberjacks etc etc
also the title ballad of a thin man could be a reference to HIV or aids
also just copied and pasted this verse for this conversation but to me its a song about homosexuality in in its infancy of being accepted in western society

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’ll say
When you get home



All comments from YouTube:

David Rees

You’d have to be Bob Dylan to have the words describe how great Bob Dylan is

mieczyslaw W

Bob Dylan would have no part of that

Karl Consiglio

Or Leonard Cohen

Bon Scott

He's gonna wound yeah with his words...

All Mind

@Larry Fisherman He's up his own arsehole , even if you don't know what I mean ! !

David Rees

@All Mind I might’ve thought about asking him years ago , but I’m too young now

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Imad Lebiar

This is one of the best pieces of music and poetry ever written

Henry Robert Walker

Absolutely agree!

Les!ie Petersen

@Eileen Blau He is. Dylan got a Nobel prize for poetry in the American tradition.

Imad Lebiar

@me & you enlighten me, any suggestions?

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