Bob Dylan Performing “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues” @ Rock in Rio ’08 Music Festival, Spain 2008 (video)

When you’re lost in the rain in Juarez when it’s Easter time, 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

Ciudad del Rock
Arganda del Rey, Spain
6 July 2008

Rock in Rio ’08 Music Festival

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & keyboard)
  • Stu Kimball (guitar)
  • Denny Freeman (guitar)
  • Donnie Herron (violin, mandolin, steel guitar)
  • Tony Garnier (bass)
  • George Recile (drums & percussion)

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


2 thoughts on “Bob Dylan Performing “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues” @ Rock in Rio ’08 Music Festival, Spain 2008 (video)”

  1. This is a great performance and Bob’s instrumental nuances powerfully accent the vocals, I lived near the border town of Nogales, Mexico and spent many a night wandering it’s backstreets back in the early 1950s so this song really resonates with me. Bobby’s and music will be sung and listened to forever and it was the luck of the draw to have known him back in the day. I’ve recently done an Old Troubadours version of this, one his most passionate songs. Here’s an interesting comment from one youtube viewer, Ms, Sheri Solomon;

    “What a delight
    I listened to your cover several times, and then turned my ear to hear an early recording by Bob Dylan…
    The young raw voice of the poet, then comparing to your matured and life lived cadence….
    Marvelous… Marvelous…
    The wisdom of the aging troubadour rings true…
    We feel the miles your flesh has trod, the paths tried – adventures and time spent living life, to return to that place where you feel home.
    So glad you covered this Dylan song….
    Thank you for placing it upon Youtube…. such a delight…. Thank you.” JRW

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