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Jitterbug Boy

This song is by Tom Waits and appears on the album Small Change (1976).

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Well, I'm a jitterbug boy
By the shoeshine
Resting on my Laurels and my Hardys too
Life of Riley on a swing shift
Gears follow my drift
Once upon a time I was in showbiz too

I seen the Brooklyn Dodgers
Playin' at Ebbets Field
Seen a Kentucky Derby too
It's fast women, slow horses
I'm reliable sources
And I'm holding up the lamp post if you want to know
I seen the Wabash Cannonball
Buddy, I've done it all

'Cause I slept with the lions
And Marilyn Monroe
Had breakfast in the eye of a hurricane
Fought Rocky Marciano
Played Minnesota Fats
Burned hundred-dollar bills
I eaten mulligan stew
Got drunk with Louis Armstrong
What's that old song?
I taught Mickey Mantle everything that he knows

And so you ask me what I'm doing here
Holding up a lamp post
Flippin' this quarter, trying to make up my mind
And if it's heads I'll go to Tennessee
Tails I'll buy a drink
If it lands on the edge I keep talking to you


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