Of the many references to "Ballad of a Thin Man" found throughout media are the lines "feel so suicidal, just like Dylan's Mr. Jones" from the Beatles' 1968 White Album
track "Yer Blues
." Here are some others:
1967: "Mr. Jones won't lend me a hand" from Country Joe And The Fish' "Flying High."
1981: "Mr. Jones is all of you who live inside a plan" from Mr. Jones
" by The Psychedelic Furs.
1993: "I wanna be Bob Dylan, Mr. Jones wishes he was someone just a little more funky" from "Mr. Jones
" by Counting Crows.
1998: "Mr. Jones is a man who doesn't know who Mr. Jones is" from "Who Is Mr. Jones?" by Momus.
While we cannot speculate on the true identity of Mr. Jones, it can be said that the name "Mr. Jones" has come to symbolize for the music world the kind of old-guard "square" who "doesn't get it," similar to our modern usage of the mythical "Joe Sixpack."