Just Like Bob Dylan’s, Bill Kirchen’s, and Dr. Zwig’s Blues

Decades ago a Gentleman by the name of Jim made a cassette tape for me which contained songs he thought I might like, and did it ever! I played that tape as much as if not more than any other tape I ever owned. After it broke I was in a state of shock for more than a little while…A lady friend thought I was making a mountain out of a molehill. “It was just a tape,” she said. “Woman,” I began, “you saying that tape was ‘just a tape’ is akin to my saying ‘Your daughter is just a girl'”! I will never forget the look on her face…

That tape had become a part of me. I may have had the last music box that contained a cassette player. In addition, the box had a CD player, but it is, like the tape, gone with the wind…Every song on the tape was excellent, like the following song heard for the first time:

But there was one song that completely blew me away, a song with which I was unfamiliar. It is quite a departure from the version with which I was familiar:

The song immediately went to the top of the list of all-time Bob Dylan covers, and was the main reason the tape came undone.

This is mentioned because a live version was discovered and it reminded me of the aforementioned cassette tape put together by Gentleman Jim.

Tom Thumb Blues / Bill Kirchen / 3-28-13
This could be one of the best versions of this song I have ever seen.Bill Kirchen is a big Bob Dylan fan and I think any fan of either performer would agree that this video will raise the hair on the back of your neck make you quit your job and get on tour !
This is from the Turning Point in Piermont NY a great place to see a show.
March 28, 2013 look for Bill in your neck of the woods http://www.billkirchen.com for details

But wait, there’s MORE!

Bill Kirchen – Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues
Southland Ballroom
Raleigh, NC
12-16-14

That’s not all, folks! While putting this post together I found another version by another artist with whom I was unfamiliar and the video you are about to see and hear has been seen and heard by almost THREE AND A HALF MILLION VIEWERS!

Dr. Zwig – Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues (Official Live Music Video)
3,464,188 views
Feb 2, 2016
Dr. Zwig
65.4K subscribers
“Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues” official live music video by Dr. Zwig. From the new album, ‘Live at the Wiltern Theatre’, featuring Adam and his band rocking out to a capacity crowd in Los Angeles! Recorded and produced by Grammy winner David Bianco. https://goo.gl/zH3BNd
Stream / Buy:
Apple Music / iTunes: https://goo.gl/ehL28c
Spotify: https://goo.gl/ZmLo4A
Google Play: https://goo.gl/yiNfk2
Amazon: https://goo.gl/BCT8mR
CD: https://goo.gl/5K665q
Vinyl: https://goo.gl/TgkG3L
“He not busy being born is busy dying” – Bob Dylan
What do you think of this quote? He has said a lot of interesting things, so much so, that Adam decided to put Dylan’s “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues” into his set at the Wiltern Theatre, and Adam’s version of the song became a Top Ten hit on the Adult Contemporary radio charts.
Please comment and share on YouTube if you like the tune!

Dedicated to Gentleman Jim Kraft

Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues

Written by: Bob Dylan

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 outta 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

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 up 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 call my bluff
I’m going back to New York City
I do believe I’ve had enough

Copyright © 1965 by Warner Bros. Inc.; renewed 1993 by Special Rider Music

Jim Kraft The Pub Snellville 2014
The Pub In Snellville Open Mic takes place every Wednesday from 8-11pm. Address: 3902 Hwy. 78 West, Snellville, GA Please see http://www.pauldouglasmusic.com for more information

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