"Devil Baby" as written by and Mark Knopfler....
The freaks'll stay together
They're a tight old crew
You look at them
And they look at you
I love the ballyhoo girl
But she don't care
It's hard to find love anywhere
Hard to find love anywhere

The professor is the talker
He's the talking man
And if he can't clean a midway
Nobody can
He'll get the tip on in
From the midway mud
You gotta have the sawdust in the blood
Gotta have the sawdust in the blood

See the pig-faced man and the monkey girl
Come see the big fat lady
'Gator slim with the alligator skin
Come see the devil baby

Springer is the talker
He's the talking man
He's got the whole studio
Eating out of his hand
You can be on too
With the nuts and the geeks
Call 1-800-I'm A FREAK
1-800-I'm A FREAK

Be the pig-faced man or the monkey girl
Come be the big fat lady
'Gator slim with the alligator skin
Come be the devil baby

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"Devil Baby" as written by Mark Knopfler

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    General CommentTravelling freak shows were a peculiar and popular fascination for americans ever since the declaration of Independence. Show masters, often peddling themselves as 'professors of the strange', would come to mid-american poor towns peddling their exotic finds. The typical lifestyle of the time would draw in crowds with a fascination of the ungodly and cursed. Such "freak shows" were just as popular in Europe. The unfortunate participants in these shows were often children or social outcasts with some form of physical disability or abnormality that were rejected and given to scouts for such shows.One would believe that in modern times, our evolved sense of morality and understanding would curb such abhorrent displays of human degradation.
    Mark makes the point of comparing the early carnival shows with the modern phenomenon of reality T.V. picking out one of the more prominent examples: Jerry Springer. This paralell shows that, whereas before, people were almost abducted for their peculiarities, people now call a toll free number (i.e. "Call 1-800-IMA FREK") to put themselves on display for the whole nation to stare in amazement at. Sad, shocking, yet true.
    sirhcon July 20, 2007   Link
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    My OpinionI've always felt the lines "Come see/be the devil baby" was purposely ambiguous. On one hand you can choose to hear it literally, as a baby that is a devil or the offspring of a devil, just another of the freaks. On the other hand, it may refer to you if you allow yourself to attend and revel in these "freak shows", that is "come be the devil, baby".
    Sphinxeron January 10, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIt's hard to find love anywhere.
    mrstixon March 08, 2012   Link

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