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​Textbook Case

This song is by Chuck Prophet and appears on the album Homemade Blood (1997).

He was a textbook case
There was no doctor in the house
When his aunt said leave
He left quiet as a mouse
He robbed from the poor
He gave to himself
Looked in the glass
And raised a toast to his health

He was a textbook case
But he could not read at all

He took a girl to eat
And he ran his fingers through her hair
When a car honked at her
He broke the antenna right there
When she walked she swayed
Like a tall stalk of corn
When she kissed him she wished
That he had never been born

He was a textbook case
But he could not read at all

Textbook case
All fall down
He was lost in space
Headed straight to the ground

Now he lies around the yard
Like a dog without a bowl
Starin' at the sun
Dreamin' of parole
The prison shrink just looked one time
And he shook his head
"Textbook case"
Was all that he said

He was a textbook case
But he could not read at all