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​Billy And The Snakecharmer

This song is by John Butler and appears on the album The Loyal Serpent (1997).

Billy and the snakecharmer
Wanted to be free
Only problem was
They couldn't get a company
Snakecharmer said to Billy
We ought to buy a gun
Start shooting bullets
Not necessarily in fun

It didn't matter then
It doesn't matter now
If you go out screaming
I'll be there somehow

Two European hippie girls
On the road in Thailand
They just didn't get the rules
They didn't understand
The south of England is a long, long way
In Oriental land
Your mama won't get you out of jail
You're gonna do a long time

But it didn't matter then
It doesn't matter now
If you go out screaming
I'll be there somehow

Billy said to the snakecharmer
I wanna get back to France
I know a gentle millionaires there
Who never refuses to dance
Then she feeds me and gives me water
Don't ask for nothing back
What's your opinion now, snakecharmer?
What do you think of that?

It didn't matter then
It doesn't matter now
If you go out screaming
I'll be there somehow

All the way to Lavette
By hunchback to the frontier
So many haunted faces
And those who had failed
I could've been in clover
Or as least could've found my keep
But somebody stole my silver
They didn't know that it was free

But it didn't matter then
It doesn't matter now
If you go out screaming
I'll be there somehow
Ah, it doesn't matter

The hoodoo came and went
It cast its own spell
It didn't matter then
Ah, it doesn't matter now