"Eyeball Kid" as written by and Tom Waits Kathleen Brennan....
Well Zenora Bariella
And Coriander Pyle
They had sixteen children
In the usual style
They had a curio museum
And they had no guile
All they ever wanted
Was a show biz child
So on the 7th of Dec. 1949
They got what
They'd been wishing for
All of the time
He grew up in a trailer
By the time he was 9
He rolled off to join
The circus... telling fortunes
On the side

Hail Hail, the Eyeball kid

Well the first time I saw him
Was a Saigon jail
Cost me 27 dollars
Just to go his bail
I said your name will
Be in lights...
And that's no doubt
But you got to have
A manager that's what
It's all about
People would point
People would stare
I'll always be here
To protect you and to
Cut down on the glare
I know you can't speak
I know you can't sign
So cry right here on
The dotted line

Hail Hail, the Eyeball kid

Well he was born with out a body
Not even a brow
I made the kid a promise
I made the kid a vow
He's not conventionally handsome
He'll never be tall
He said "all you got to do is
Book me into Carnegie Hall"

Hail Hail, the Eyeball kid

He's just a little bitty thing
He's just a little guy
But women go crazy
For the big blue eye
They say how does he
Dream? How does he think
When he can't ever speak
And he can't ever blink?

I said Hail Hail, the Eyeball kid
Hail Hail, the Eyeball kid

Give it up and throw me down
A couple of quid
Everybody wants to see
The Eyeball kid

How does he dream
How does he think
When he can't even speak
And he can't even blink
We are all lost in the
Wilderness we're as
Blind as can be
He came down to teach us
How to really see

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

So give it up and throw
Me down a couple of quid
Everybody wants to see
The Eyeball kid
Eyeball kid
Eyeball kid


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    General Commenti think this song is about him.. although i dont quiet get what hes saying about himself with the fraze eyeball kid but the eye ball kid has the same birthday as him which is why i think its about him

    does anyone knwo what eyeball kid means tho?
    its_a_mad_worldon April 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI'm pretty sure it's just a song about a kid who is just an eyeball.
    nova handson September 12, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"The Eyeball Kid is a comic-book character. Actually, it was Nic Cage that reintroduced me to comic books. I hadn't thought about comic books since I was a little kid, but he seemed to carry that mythology with him. It was inspiring to see him keep alive some of those principles that we associate with childhood, to the point where he named himself after Cage, the comic-book hero. But I was trying to imagine what it would be like for a person with an enormous eyeball for a head to be in show business. If Barnum & Bailey were still around, I imagine he would have thrown in with them. The tour would be sponsored by Visine or Bausch & Lomb. It's a metaphor for people that get into show business, because they usually have some kind of family disturbance or are damaged in some way or another. I had a manager when I was a kid, I threw in with a guy named Herbie Cohen, who worked with Zappa. I wanted a big bruiser, the tough guy in the neighborhood, and I got it.""

    -Tom Waits
    BobbyjointRitualon April 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentFound a contradiction!! But it doesnt matter cos Tom Waits rules...

    He said "all you got to do is
    Book me into Carnegie Hall"

    When he can't even speak
    And he can't even blink
    jpr227on May 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI always thought it was a tribute to The Residents in their eyeball masks. Those falsetto voices crowing in the background are very unusual in a Tom Waits song but prototypical Residents! As are the odd atonal marimba licks.
    wattdefalkon January 23, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI thought it was an allusion to Ralph Waldo Emerson's concept of the "transparent eyeball."
    JohnnyLurgon April 26, 2014   Link

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