"...something is happening here
But you don't know what it is
Do you, Mister Jones?"
, a goofy, mock-dramatic ballad
, from Bob Dylan
's Highway 61 Revisted
. Allegedly, "Mr. Jones
", the target of Zimmy's venom, was a reporter
from Time Magazine
, who, in his quest to get an interview
, was given a hard time (You try so hard but you just don't understand
) by Dylan; this may be the person featured in D.A. Pennebaker
's Eat the Document
. The reporter would, in later years, wear it proudly - "I'm Mr. Jones!"
Yeah, there were a lot of Mister Joneses at that time. There obviously must have been a tremendous amount of them for me to write that particular song. It wasn't just one person. It was like, "Oh, man, here's the thousandth
-- Dylan, interviewed by Bill Flanagan in 1985, for Written in My Soul.