MISS FERGUSON

in a town where you can sum up every girl with just one sentence
give or take the subject or the verb
she shows up like the devil said penance
won't nothin ever be clear no more

she got hired on down at the Last Chance Diner
she works all the same shifts as me
i've never been one for too much conversation
but now i choose my words so carefully

because the angle of her cheek is the math of persuasion
first time you saw the ocean she's got tucked behind her knee
she is swallowing lightning she is spittin thunder
waftin' California reekin' Tennessee
she is waftin' California and reekin' Tennessee

i wanna tell her how i feel
but each time that i start
my tongue wraps like a tether ball
six times around my heart (and i say)

hey Miss Ferguson
it's Cory from work callin to say
hey Miss Ferguson
i was wonderin' what you were doing
a little later on today

now i'm curious to see just where them 8 pounds will end up
i wanna be around to watch the Southern kick in
ain't got no purple heart, no blue ribbon
blow out them candles and i'll show you where i've been

now she comes around at midnight like a Sunday afternoon
with a purpose and a manner like a needle and a spoon
a bad thing waitin' 'round to happen like a lake of gasoline
the way that woman does me is like nothing i've ever seen

don't think i'll ever wake up on the wrong side of her bed
she brings the sun, she brings the shine
these days every time i try and start to sing some sad song
i open up my mouth and the only word that i can find is just
sha-la-la-la, sha-la-la-la-la-la-la ...

hey there Miss Ferguson, it's me


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    General Comment"eight pounds": when i saw him live, he explained that in the south, there's an old wives tale about when two people begin a relationship. it is said that one or both of them will gain eight pounds as they get comfortable around each other
    isaidweresinkingon January 02, 2009   Link
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    General Commenthere's the new intro:

    i heard you got another boy?
    hear he looks a lot like me.
    did this one come with some kind of guarantee?

    see, i got another girl.
    looks like you at 23
    and when she sleeps, i trace the places
    where your tattoos used to be.
    sorryicrashediton May 22, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningLove this song. Love the opening line:
    "In a town where you can sum up every girl with just one sentence - give or take the subject or the verb."
    The generic sentence structure is "Subject Verb Object", so if you give/take the subject or the verb, you can be left with just an "Object" - i.e. he's saying that Californian (probably L.A. specifically) girls are mostly just objects.

    I love the "tether-ball" imagery he uses to describe his tongue-tiedness as well as the "needle and spoon" simile to describe her purpose and manner as she comes to seduce him, comparing it to a drug user shooting up (Heroin, specifically).
    Enthused_punkon March 13, 2011   Link

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