A few hours early, but here is your birthday present, @drjones106 — one of your greatest hits.

I knew there was a pretty good remix potential in Dylan’s Ballad of a Thin Man (from Highway 61 Revisited).

The tabs were a bit all over, I munged together a few, this was closest to what I played.

D9 (1) C-G

And had to generate a quality album cover!

dr-jones-cover

And if you cannot follow along, the words and sort of chords… I used a C/G (G bass note) for the G, and a G#7 (bar chord). I also do a funky D9 instead of the Dm

2nd fret capo
(Am intro with addon D and F on top strings)

Am
You walk into the Sound Lab
G#7
With your mic in your hand
C/G
You see somebody sleeping
     D9
And you say, "Is that a listener, man ?"
F
You mix so fast
      Dm
But they don't understand
C                Em
Just what you'll play
             Am
When you get home.

C                    Em
Because something is broadcasting here
        Am                 C/G
But you don't know what it is
F            Am
Do you, Dr Jones ?

Am
You click on broadcast
G#7
And you ask, "Is this thing even on?"
C/G
And somebody tweets and says "We do"
     D9
And you say, "My levels ok?"
F
And somebody else tweets, "Can't hear ya?"
C               Em
And you say, "Oh my God
                Am
Am I casting to no one ?"

C                    Em
Because something is broadcasting here
        Am                 C/G
But you don't know what it is
F            Am
Do you, Dr Jones ?

Am
They turn up their volume
G#7
And you go catch a puff
C/G
Some scheduled old rock n roll

     D9
With that  1 4 5 riff
F
They tweet, "How does it feel
    Dm
To be such a freak ?"
C            Em
And you say, "Lovely"
              C
They retweet your moan.

C                    Em
Because something is broadcasting here
        Am                 C/G
But you don't know what it is
F            Am
Do you, Dr Jones ?

Am
You have many contacts
C
Among the ds106
  F
To tweet requests
                              Am
And none questions your repertoire

But we all have respect

C
Anyway they already expect you

F
To do a mic check

  Dm                  C/G
And remix a brand new opening intro.

Am
You've played for Noiseprofessor

G#7
And partied with Grant Potter

C/G
Sang duets with Dr G

D9
Drank with Brian's father

F
You've been through all of

      Dm
The boom box collectors trove

C         Em
You're very well listened

       Am
It's well known.

C                    Em
Because something is broadcasting here
        Am                 C/G
But you don't know what it is
F            Am
Do you, Dr Jones ?

Top / Featured photo credit: flickr photo by cogdogblog http://flickr.com/photos/cogdog/7388916534 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license

The post "Ballad of a Radio Man" was originally pulled charred and crispy from a smoky charred oven at CogDogBlog (http://cogdogblog.com/2015/05/ballad-of-a-radio-man/) on May 12, 2015.

1 Comment

  • jason

    I’m humbled beyond words Alan… thanks so much! Indeed I have dropped the balled into a few sets but now to add this to my very limited guitar repetoire as well. Thank youuuuuu ????

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