The Contortionist

Music & Lyrics by Garland Jeffreys

From the album The King of In Between (Luna Park Records, 2011)

 

I used to be a contortionist

Doing that and doing this

Swallowing rings and swords and things

Life was bent and I was twisted

Hanging in the playgrounds of the rich

Which is what and what is which

Time gone by still got the itch

Can’t stop the music, Can’t stop the music…

 

Doo doo doo doo doo doo…

 

I used to be a contortionist

Now I know what it really means

Contortion or distortionist

Do anything to be part of the scene

Listen to the music I adore

Begging the bartender for one more

Is this the season to explore

Is this the reason, the reason, the reason for

 

Everybody needs somebody to love, to love

Oh now now now

Everybody needs somebody to love, to love

 

Doo doo doo doo doo doo…

 

I used to be a contortionist

High up there in the darkest cloud

Almost like I didn’t exist

Twist of lime in a drunken crowd

Innocent and running wild

Cool a fool and juvenile

Don’t ever change your style

So alive with your Coney Island smile

 

Doo doo doo doo doo doo…

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