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Puttin' Up With The Joneses

This song is by Spirit Of The West and appears on the album Save This House (1990) and on the album Hit Parade (1999).

Oh no (Oh no) Oh no (Oh no, no, no)
Oh no (Oh no) Oh no (Oh no, no, no)

Mr. Jones has a little problem
If I had eyes I'd see that it was me
He's the size of a man with the potential of a boy
Not what god had meant a child of it's to be
I'm afraid that he'll amount to all of nothing
The joy of reading Yeats he'll never know
And In the rat race twirl
Of our computer guided world
He stands no chance of winning
Let alone to place a show so...

Lock him up and throw away the key boys
Mr. Jones is not like you or me
Lock him up tight 'cause if he had the chance he might
Show us that we're wrong and that's the one thing we can't be
Oh no (Oh no) Oh no (Oh no, no, no)

Mr. Jones wanted to be married
It seemed like such a cute thing at the time
Two peas in a pod, two of a kind
Who'd never have to ask each other:
"What is on your mind?" ('What's on your mind')
It seemed a simple way to make them happy
And happy's such a simple way to be
And if they kept to themselves like two books upon a shelf
The kind you judge by the cover
And never take the time to read

So lock 'em up and throw away the key boys
The Joneses they're not like you or me
Lock 'em up tight cause of they had the chance they might
Show us that we're wrong and that's the one thing we can't be
Oh no...

Mr. Jones and Mrs. Jones we're elated to inform you
Though you've failed to meet the standards
We've a place where we'll reform you
It's a ways outside of town
But the distance has its uses
Close enough to make the effort
Far enough to make excuses

Lock 'em up and throw away the key boys
The Joneses they're not like you or me
Lock 'em up tight 'cause if they had the chance they might
Show us that we're wrong and that's the one thing we can't be
Oh no (Oh no) Oh no (Oh no, no, no)

Mrs. Jones wants to have a baby
She says that as a woman it's her right
Yes we tried to tell her I guess that she forgot
When she and Mr. Jones were wed
The doctor's tied the knot
Why can't she just be happy in her own world
Then we can all be happy here in ours
We could still help out, even go as far
As to stop off at the Safeway, drop some pennies in the jar so...

Lock her up and throw away the key boys
Mrs. Jones is not like you or me
Lock her up tight 'cause if she had the chance she might
Show us that we're wrong and that's the one thing we can't be so
Lock 'em up and throw away the key boys
The Joneses they're not like you or me
Lock 'em up tight 'cause if they had the chance they might
Show us that we're wrong and that's the one thing we can't be
Oh no (Oh no) Oh no (Oh no, no, no) Oh no (Oh no) Oh no (Oh no, no, no) heey