Ballad of a thin man.

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  1. Toto'sDad

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    Okay, can you be honest here for a moment, even if you're not an expert on the matter? How many of you really get this song, by Dylan? Okay, I know you've all read the end of the book and sure you know what has been written about it, but do YOU get it? If nothing else it's loooooonnnnnngggg. It's been jazzed up to be a little more palatable, but the first time I heard it, it was just him and the guitar and that awful harmonica on a record a guy who claimed to know what was happening turned me onto back in about 1965. He would never tell me what was happening, and here it is more than fifty five years later, and I still don't know what the heck is happening. Do you Mr. Jones?
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    If you didn't get it then, you will certainly not get it now. I guess you missed that boat, TD!

    I don't have any clue what that little video clip is supposed to mean. There is no sound, and it just keeps repeating over and over again. I guess you really don't know what it is, do you Mr Jones?
     
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    TD, I guess you never dropped any Purple Haze. You'd get it.
     
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    Wikipedia!
     
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    In my purple haze days, Dylan was not my go to music choice.
     
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    If you can't understand B then you won't understand C.
    It's a poem
     
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    Nope
     
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    That's just a guess.
     
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    Aha! That DaddyG trying to put me down a rabbit hole!
     
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    Well it ain't no ring around the rosy poem, that be for sure.
     
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    I can sY this. Pete Seeger was not Mr. Jones.
     
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    I don't know, don't want to know, don't want to hear anyone's interpretation. I would rather paint my own mental picture of Thin Man. I read a Springsteen interview where he talked about what he was writing about in Radio Nowhere and his explanation kind of ruined the song for me. I'm glad Dylan's not talking.
     
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    I was just listening to this one earlier today. Can't say I know what it means but it's one of my all time Dylan favorites!
     
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    One of my favorites of his too but unlike a lot of others of his , I like the music first and foremost . That trill-y organ and the whole “wait - is this a blues tune” ? vibe that it has .

    Bob was gobbling little white pills at the rate of a, er...um...uh...truck driver during that period so , he didn’t know what it meant later either !
     
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    * "...You're a cow!
    Give me some milk or else go home!"

    I've just given up on trying to figure out the meaning of any Bob Dylan song.
    I just like to listen to them, or play them on the guitar.
    I think he writes some songs where:
    the meaning is RIGHT THERE, in front of us :
    " Masters of War", " The Times They Are A- Changing," " Dont Think Twice"

    Songs that mean something, but are too deep ( for me ) to understand, " Ballad of a Thin Man," " Desolation Row "

    and, songs where he throws imagery and words together that rhyme, just to F**k with you ( me) " Visions of Johanna," " Just Like Tom Thumb Blues"
    I love Bob, and he can do whatever he wants!
     
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    I got his book Tarantula. Almost anytime I open it, I'm pretty confused, but entertained.
     
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    I often tune out song lyrics and just listen to the melody and the band. Not with Dylan. It’s poetry it’s open to your imagination.

    Maybe some people are uncomfortable without more clarity. That’s ok too.
     
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    We had Purple Micro-dot up here around 1970 in the Edmonton area. Same thing? Asking for a friend.
     
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    I heard Peter, Paul and Mary's (?) cover of Blowin' in the Wind" when it came out and maybe heard Dylan doing it as well. But our local pool hall back on the Rock had it on the jukebox in 1965 (?) and that's where I first heard it. Three songs for a quarter. It got lots of play. I was 15.
    I've said it several times here on TDPRI but will say it again: Bob Dylan is my hands-down all-time favorite singer and songwriter. But don't get me wrong, there are many other great singers,bands, and songwriters who are favorites as well.
     
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