Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues Lyrics - Bob Dylan

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When you're lost in the rain in Juarez
And it's Eastertime too
And your gravity fails
And negativity don't pull you through
Don't put on any airs
When you're down on Rue Morgue Avenue
They got some hungry women there
And they really make a mess outa you.

Now if you see Saint Annie
Please tell her thanks a lot
I cannot move
My fingers are all in a knot
I don't have the strength
To get up and take another shot
And my best friend, my doctor
Won't even say what it is I've got.


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Sweet Melinda
The peasants call her the goddess of gloom
She speaks good English
And she invites you up into her room
And you're so kind
And careful not to go to her too soon
And she takes your voice
And leaves you howling at the moon.

Up on Housing Project Hill
It's either fortune or fame
You must pick one or the other
Though neither of them are to be what they claim
If you're lookin' to get silly
You better go back to from where you came
Because the cops don't need you
And man they expect the same.

Now all the authorities
They just stand around and boast
How they blackmailed the sergeant-at-arms
Into leaving his post
And picking up Angel who
Just arrived here from the coast
Who looked so fine at first
But left looking just like a ghost.

I started out on burgundy
But soon hit the harder stuff
Everybody said they'd stand behind me
When the game got rough
But the joke was on me
There was nobody even there to bluff
I'm going back to New York City
I do believe I've had enough






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Speaks to us all | Reviewer: Andrew | 3/26/13

I first heard this song on a Judy Collins black vinyl many years ago and reminds me of the uncertainty of my middle teans. the world was a risky place and the song echoed my views perfectly.
Collins crystal clear,perfect voice is the perfect vehicle for this song it is on the edge of beauty and just over that edge is squalor like in David Munyon's "The Other Side of Harlem"
It speaks to us all of a world where many of dont want to even think about.

Some Smoke Never Clears | Reviewer: Sherwood B. Swell | 1/29/13

I don't know why this song has stuck in my head for so long. There is nothing in it that parallels my life yet it has resonated since I was a student in the 1960's. Maybe it's the forlorn and hopeless tone, although I'm a happy guy with nothing to complain about. Maybe it describes the two worlds we all live in-- our private one and the one outside which shatters our peace more often than it brings us comfort. Whatever the reason, I am profoundly grateful to Bob Dylan for writing so many songs which have added some support to how I see things and have helped me put into perspective what matters in this short life. Thanks, Bob, on behalf of all the ghosts of existence past.

In Mexico those woman are voracious | Reviewer: Stanley Becker | 7/30/11

Highway Blues - Kerouac's "On The Road" with a Spanish lilt - it most probably written in Juarez but his thoughts are moved by the desperation and poverty he sees around him, to a more homegrown location, and then finally his own predicament "I started out on Burgundy/ but soon hit the harder stuff/everybody said that stand behind me/ when the going got rough" great autobiographical lines. Dylan's most personal and certainly the "heart" of his seminal album "Highway 61 Revisited". My favorite couplet is "They got some hungry woman there/ And they gonna make a mess outa you"

A hooker | Reviewer: Ephebo | 3/18/10

Sweet Melinda
The peasants call her the goddess of gloom
She speaks good English
And she invites you up into her room
And you're so kind
And careful not to go to her too soon
And she takes your voice
And leaves you howling at the moon

About a hooker in Juarez Mexico lol?

The Best Dylan Song | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/7/08

This song says it all about his experiences and his perception of "pop rock" life. It is no surprise that the lyrics combined with the wonderful session players made a sweet (blues tinged) yet biting indictment of so much about America that still stands the test of time. Because "up on housing project hill it is either fortune or fame - you must pick one or the other though neither of them are to be what they claim".



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