"Charlemagne in Sweatpants" as written by and Craig Finn Tad Jason Kubler....
When he's holding then the streetlights seem an awful lot like spotlights.
Sometimes Charlemagne gets uptight.
Running numbers between bars. Running girls between the cars.
And sometimes Charlemagne feels all right. All right.

Charlemagne had eyes like a lover.
But last winter there was weather and his eyes they iced right over.
Cassanova's in the corner and he's asking for a dance.
Speedshooters driving round and coming down and tryna hook up with an exit ramp.
Tramps like us and we like tramps.
Charlemagne's got something in his sweatpants.

Holly was supposed to be at CCD but she was down on shady streets.
She was looking round for something she could take up to a party.
And it's not like she's enslaved. It's more like she's enthralled.
She don't need it but she likes it. So she always makes that call.
First it makes her feel tall then it makes her feel small and it's all a sweet fleeting feeling. They did the "been caught stealing" into "dancing on the ceiling."
And you're damn right we danced.
Charlemagne's got something in his sweatpants.

Do you want me to tell it like boy meets girl and the rest is history?
Or do you want it like a murder mystery?
I'm gonna tell it like a comeback story.
'Cause we when we left we were defeated and depressed.
And when we arrived we were ripping high. we had a gun in the glove box.
We had some sweet stuff tucked into our socks.
We had Jesus Christ in all his glory.


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"Charlemagne in Sweatpants" as written by Tad Jason Kubler Craig Finn

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    General CommentSeperation Sunday - a comeback story
    Boys and Girls in America - boy meets girl and the rest is history
    Stay Positive - a murder mystery

    Dig?
    waycoolon July 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentCharlemagne is the ne'er do well drug dealer who turns up in Craig Finn's songs, usually heralding a turn for the worse- in "You Gotta Dance...," he winds up flushing $7k worth of drugs down the toilet when he gets busted, for example. Here, we see that he's probably Holly's connection.
    campfirewood1980on July 13, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti wish someone would make a Hold Steady folklore page like the awesome one that exists for Lifter Puller
    JasmineBirdon December 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentCharlemagne was also a character in Steely Dan songs. He was also a drug dealer too.
    kidcharlamegneon March 13, 2011   Link

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