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Keep Punching Joe

This song is by Daniel Johnston and appears on the album Hi, How Are You (1983).

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Ladies and gentlemen
He headed out West looking for the best
And he's here tonight because he's got a lot to get off his chest
Here he is, ladies and gentlemen
None other than Daniel D Johnston

Thank you
Thank you very much for that lovely introduction
Thank you very much
A one, a two, a one, a two

Listen, folks, I gotta tell you now
I've been singing the blues and walking the cow
I tell you my soul's like running water
Hot or cold now one or the other

I guess I lean toward the excessive
But that's just the way it is
When you're a manic depressive

An angel appeared to me and told me
If you want love you gotta give
Let me tell you now it's been a long hard summer
And I feel every bit, every bit more dumber

Don't know where it is I'm gonna go
Heard somebody say 'keep punching, Joe'
Keep punching, Joe
Keep punching, Joe
Keep punching
Dial 'P' for pest control

Ah, now let me tell you about my family
You know they've been right there beside me
Through all this time that I've been low
They've been punching Joe

Keep Punching Joe
Kick him right in the face
Keep Punching Joe
Kick him when he's down
Keep Punching Joe
Kick him. Kick him when he's low

I've got something to get off my chest
Well, I've got something to get off my chest
Yes, I've got something to get off my chest

How am I supposed to give love
If I never got love?
And what the heck am I punching for?
And how am I to look God in the face?
When I feel so much disgrace?

Now, that's better off my chest
Than out of my mind
Keep punching, Joe! Woo


Written by:

Daniel Johnston

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