A dwarf of less than 40 inches stature, he was discovered as a boy by
the showman P. T. Barnum and hired as one of his principal
attractions. They toured all over the world and Tom Thumb was
presented to the crowned heads of Europe.
by the Grimm Brothers
There was once a poor peasant who sat in the evening by the hearth and
poked the fire, and his wife sat and spun. Then said he, "How sad it
is that we have no children. With us all is so quiet, and in other
houses it is noisy and lively."
"Yes, replied the wife, and sighed, "even if we had only one, and it
were quite small, and only as big as a thumb, I should be quite
satisfied, and we would still love it with all our hearts..."
Rap before "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues" Festival Hall, Melbourne,
Australia - 19 April 1966:
"This is about a painter - down in Mexico City, who travelled from
North Mexico up to Del Rio Texas all the time, his name's Tom Thumb,
and uh, right now he's about 125 years old but he's still going, and
uh, everybody likes him a lot down there, he's got lots of friends,
and uh, this is when he was going through his BLUE period, of
painting, and uh, he's made COUNTLESS amount of paintings, you
couldn't think of 'em all. This is his blue period painting I just
dedicate this song to him, it's called Just Like Tom Thumb's BLUES.
[very odd screaming] You, you know Tom Thumb?"
Other than the date of birth there is not a lot to link the Tom Thumb
in popular culture with the painter in Bob Dylan's imagination that