Illustrate the history,
don't write down the words!
The best things sent to tape,
do not to be heard.
The theories they threw at us, were like nothing we had ever heard before.

Slipping off the sidwalk,
right otuside of my door.
Rot like an apple
right down the the core.
You can take me from Chicago, but you can't take the Chicago out of me.

And if I drew it on paper,
could you understand?
Just to drive the point home,
I'm a man, well I'm a man!

Turning down the volume
sent to your headphones.
Learning about kings and queens trading in their thrones.
The past is still the past, the past is never gonna pass another way.

Illustrate the history,
don't write down the facts!
Illustrious leaders
can cover up their tracks,
and wherever you find me, I'll be eating, I'll be drinking all alone.


When I grow up
(When he grows up!)
I want to be
(He wants to be!)
an old fashioned music man.

When I grow up
(When he grows up!)
I want to tour
(He wants to tour!)
Europe and Japan.
(Japan!)

When I grow up
(When he grows up!)
I want to be
(He wants to be!)
in a successful band.


Lyrics submitted by blueofthesky

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