He was playing pool and drinking beer
Nothin more'n the
occasional tear
But this man's life goes on
and he gets
greased all over
from time to time
At the strip joint, where we met
He said 'Hi, my name is Ted
See that one over there
That ball of thunder
Every time she goes Vavoom,
I wiggle in my chair
Can I buy you a beer?
What a guy

'I've had a few myself' he said
'But I never quit when I'm ahead
Too many rules and regulations
Stupid laws designed by fools behind closed doors
And another thing I won't discuss is religion
It always causes a fight
Vavoom
There she goes again
'How does she do that' said Ted

And he told me
of those unjustices (that)
He had suffered in his life
His wife and kids
and boss and dogs
and neighbours
Raising cain and causing strife
They were forever whining
Bleating howling yapping screeching moaning crying
Vavoom
He fed them well
He kept them warm

Ted, Ted The Mechanic

Thing about Ted
he didn't really care
Nothing much got in his hair
and the beauty of it was
that he was right
He was big as a truck
and fast as a door
(what's that?)
he was always right

The banjo player took a hike
What's that song
I used to like
Vavoom
He was big as a truck
He was fast as a door - Ted
(What a guy)
Ted the man our Ted



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Vavoom: Ted The Mechanic song meanings
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    General CommentBrilliant... this is one of the best songs of the Morse-era. It still a concert staple to this day. Great opener to a great album.

    Ian Gillan met this mechanic named Ted in a strip bar and he went chatting with him, talking about his job, life and other stuff, Ian wrote these things on napkin and it ended up being a song. The lyrics is self expressing.
    MMM88on February 14, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti dont know what does "Vavoom" means.. anyway the guys really shine on this song especially Steve Morse, he has a different guitar playing than Ritchie Blackmore but that exacyly what the band was looking for. Thy didnt want just another guy to imitate Ritchie, they wanted something different but in the same time they had to maintain the chracterstics of Deep Purple and look at them today.. they got it !!!!!!

    One of the greatest bands to walk the earth !!!!!!
    MMM88on February 14, 2007   Link

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