Ballad of a Thin Man By Elena Martinez

Bob Dylan is a famous singer-songwriters whose career started in the 60s and still continues to be loved by many for his meaningful songs.

The theme of the song is that Dylan does not like journalists that criticize him for his fame. The track gives hints about sexual activity during the 60s. The song also, gives hints that Mr. Jones is a journalist that has intrigued everyone with his articles. The track contains all three characteristics of ballads. For example, the track has four line stanzas, a refrain, and dialogue. The tone of the song is taunting and mysterious.

In some of the lines, the song can represent how I feel around other people. When there is people around me, I feel different than them just like in the line when someone asks Mr. Jones, "How does it feel to be such a freak?" I also cannot grasp everything that is happening just like the refrain "something is happening here but you don't know what it is".

This is how I picture, Mr. Jones, "The Journalist" (not THE actual journalist)

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?

---A journalist, Mr. Jones, walks into a room to do an interview with his pencil to take notes. A naked hippie is running around naked and Mr. Jones is intrigued by the scene because he might have never seen this happen before. Mr. Jones does not understand what is happening but he is trying to make sense of what is happening. Dylan taunts Mr. Jones when Dylan asks Mr. Jones if he understand.

Hippies during the 60s and 70s did not mind being naked in public.

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?

---Mr. Jones arrives to where the interview is supposed to be held. Other people say that the articles about celebrities are Mr. Jones' but he does not know what is his and another person asks him what is his. Mr. Jones feels different than the others in the room. Everyone has different perspectives. Mr. Jones is taunted and confused.

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?

---Mr. Jones while in the city sees a hippie and he is asked by the hippie how does it feel to be different than anyone else in there. Mr. Jones feels like if he were in a circus. Mr. Jones cannot fully grasp what is happening and again Dylan taunts Mr. Jones by asking him is he does understand.

This picture shows the difference between generations and occupations.

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

---Mr. Jones has contacts among the hardworking men. Those people help Mr. Jones when someone attacks his comments. Everyone cares about money and they expect Mr. Jones to give the money to charity or so they say.

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?

---Because of how Mr. Jones dresses, professors like him even though they are not supposed to focus on what you are wearing. With rich an important people Mr. Jones has discuss about the hippies and their lack of moral values. Mr. Jones is all about old school and he is very easy to spot. Mr. Jones is still confused about the events happening.

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?

Mr. Jones being a journalist gives opinions about others even though they might not be true, some might try to take his voice away but they cannot.

People don't want reporters talking about them and would try to shut them up.

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?

A small celebrity wants Mr. Jones to say things about him so that he could become more famous. Mr. Jones does not understand what although he tries.

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?

---Mr. Jones walks into his office confused. Mr. Jones does not want to see what is happening and neither does he want to smell the stench. Mr. Jones is not wanted because he does not understand even though people are shouting the truth.

Do you know?

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