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Pasties And A G-String

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

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Smelling like a brewery, looking like a tramp
Ain't got a quarter, got a postage stamp
Been five o'clock shadow boxing all around the town
Talking with the old man, sleeping on the ground

Bazanti bootin al zootin al hoot and Al Cohn
Sharing this apartment with a telephone pole
In a fishnet stockings, spike-heel shoes
Strip tease, prick tease, car keys blues

And the porno floor show, live nude girls
Dreamy and creamy and brunette curls
Chesty Morgan and Watermelon Rose
Raise my rent and take off all your clothes

With trench coats, magazines, a bottle full of rum
She's so good, make a dead man come
Pasties and a G-string, beer and a shot
Portland through the shot glass and a Buffalo squeeze

Wrinkles and Cherry and Twinkie and Pinkie
And Fifi live from Gay Paree
Fanfares, rim shots, back stage, who cares?
All this hot burlesque for me

Cleavage, cleavage, thighs and hips
From the nape of her neck to the lipstick lips
Chopped and channeled and lowered and lewd
And the cheater slicks and baby moons
She's a-hot and ready, creamy and sugared
And the band is awful and so are the tunes

Crawling on her belly and shaking like jelly
And I'm getting harder than Chinese algebrassieres
And cheers from the (hmm) compendium here
"Hey sweetheart" they're yelling for more
You're squashing out your cigarette butts on the floor

And I like Shelly and you like Jane
And what was the girl with the snakeskin's name?
And it's an early-bird matinee, come back any day
Get you a little something that you can't get at home
Get you a little something that you can't get at home

It's pasties and a G-string, beer and a shot
Portland through a shot glass and a Buffalo squeeze
Popcorn, front row, higher than a kite
And I'll be back tomorrow night
And I'll be back tomorrow night

Written by:

Tom Waits

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