Classic Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau

Doonesbury

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  1. leftwingpatriot

    leftwingpatriot GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

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    Ballad of a Thin Man
    .

    You walk into the room
    With your pencil in your hand
    You see somebody naked
    And you say, “Who is that man?”
    You try so hard
    But you don’t understand
    Just what you’ll say
    When you get home

    Because something is happening here
    But you don’t know what it is
    Do you, Mister Jones?

    You raise up your head
    And you ask, “Is this where it is?”
    And somebody points to you and says
    “It’s his”
    And you say, “What’s mine?”
    And somebody else says, “Where what is?”
    And you say, “Oh my God
    Am I here all alone?”

    Because something is happening here
    But you don’t know what it is
    Do you, Mister Jones?

    You hand in your ticket
    And you go watch the geek
    Who immediately walks up to you
    When he hears you speak
    And says, “How does it feel
    To be such a freak?”
    And you say, “Impossible”
    As he hands you a bone

    Because something is happening here
    But you don’t know what it is
    Do you, Mister Jones?

    You have many contacts
    Among the lumberjacks
    To get you facts
    When someone attacks your imagination
    But nobody has any respect
    Anyway they already expect you
    To just give a check
    To tax-deductible charity organizations

    You’ve been with the professors
    And they’ve all liked your looks
    With great lawyers you have
    Discussed lepers and crooks
    You’ve been through all of
    F. Scott Fitzgerald’s books
    You’re very well read
    It’s well known

    Because something is happening here
    But you don’t know what it is
    Do you, Mister Jones?

    Well, the sword swallower, he comes up to you
    And then he kneels
    He crosses himself
    And then he clicks his high heels
    And without further notice
    He asks you how it feels
    And he says, “Here is your throat back
    Thanks for the loan”

    Because something is happening here
    But you don’t know what it is
    Do you, Mister Jones?

    Now you see this one-eyed midget
    Shouting the word “NOW”
    And you say, “For what reason?”
    And he says, “How?”
    And you say, “What does this mean?”
    And he screams back, “You’re a cow
    Give me some milk
    Or else go home”

    Because something is happening here
    But you don’t know what it is
    Do you, Mister Jones?

    Well, you walk into the room
    Like a camel and then you frown
    You put your eyes in your pocket
    And your nose on the ground
    There ought to be a law
    Against you comin’ around
    You should be made
    To wear earphones

    Because something is happening here
    But you don’t know what it is
    Do you, Mister Jones?

  2. Thirdguy

    Thirdguy said, about 2 years ago

    and realizing that there where no more words left to say, he decided to take a nap.

  3. jnik23260

    jnik23260 said, about 2 years ago

    OK, I can skip this week’s repeats!

  4. AKHenderson

    AKHenderson GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    Dylan’s’s in the jacuzzi
    Mixing up the medicine
    I’m in the apartment
    Talkin’ to the government…

  5. DavidHuieGreen

    DavidHuieGreen said, about 2 years ago

    From context, I’m assuming President Carter bungled a quote?
    .

  6. DavidHuieGreen

    DavidHuieGreen said, about 2 years ago

    Leftwing, Dylan did dope?

  7. DavidHuieGreen

    DavidHuieGreen said, about 2 years ago

    Beats me.
    On ‘tother hand, why should America be humble?
    We’re great!

  8. Mourdac

    Mourdac said, about 2 years ago

    Who would have thunk it: Dylan was ghost-writing Carter’s speeches.

  9. DavidHuieGreen

    DavidHuieGreen said, about 2 years ago

    And let’s be honest, Jimmy Carter’s best selling point was that he was not associated with the party of Nixon.
    He didn’t campaign based on the theme Borntalkingback cited, wasn’t elected on it, and never tried it, just was selective regarding who he pushed around.

  10. Timothy Madigan

    Timothy Madigan GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    5% of the world’s population produces 23% of the world’s economic output and growth.
    They’ve also produced the largest plurality of Nobel Prize winners for science and econ.

    Pres. Carter’s problem was that he was naive about how people in the world view actions, something Pres. Obama fails at too – he assumed everyone would see and react as he did and became confused when they didn’t.
    He was also a micro-manager – he never could let a project or idea start to work without interfering and wanting to make changes, which is a huge failure with a bureaucracy that takes time to even get started.
    He didn’t understand how to plan for issues – just reactive in nature.

    in all, he was a poor President – a nice guy but no someone to lead the US, and even though you may complain about the US’s lack of humility, everyone turns to it when there are problems.

  11. skyhermit

    skyhermit said, about 2 years ago

    @Timothy Madigan

    Frigid dissertation, homeboy!

  12. montessoriteacher

    montessoriteacher said, about 2 years ago

    The US didn’t fire a shot under Jimmy Carter. According to many, that makes him a great prez. LWP: Too bad you weren’t there to take that call. This strip is really showing age in this one in particular— the corded phone, no way to google anything on your computer, etc. No one has to call a songwriter to get lyrics for a popular song nowadays and in the old days, when you were on the phone, you were really on the phone. There seemed to be a cord shortage. So, you were stuck there. A little later, they came out with the super duper long cords, which would always become a super tangled mess. Then, the cordless years later, in which some were always having to adjust to not remembering where they put it at first, since they would just leave it anywhere instead of immediately hanging it back up. And now, the cell phone, in which we have to pay way too much $ for the ultimate convenience of having a phone everywhere we go, and we need a more convenient way to charge them, since they often lose a charge quickly. My teen daughter leaves for Japan in a few days and I know it will freak her out if she doesn’t have access to the darn thing, and she is bound to forget to charge, so it is bound to happen…

  13. DavidHuieGreen

    DavidHuieGreen said, about 2 years ago

    @montessoriteacher

    We never pay too much if we are willing to pay what is charged.
    Shots WERE fired under President Carter but were ineffective because of sand in the air intakes, leading to lost lives and aborted rescue mission.
    They were also fired by our proxies.
    That counts? Yes?

  14. JR6019

    JR6019 said, about 2 years ago

    The organ grinder line is from I Want You from Blonde On Blonde, but it’s the lonesome organ grinder, not twisted. I was listening to the album decades after this strip, heard that line and yelled ’That’s the line from the Doonesbury strip’. I had always wondered.

  15. Olongapojoe

    Olongapojoe GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    @Timothy Madigan

    Excellent analysis on the problems with both of these Presidents. We also elected both of them after the people viewed their predecessors with extreme disdain. Goes to show you, decisions made in anger can have horrible consequences.

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