Here's the story of the incredible shrinking man
Of a fatal disappointment met with a frozen margarita grin
Now see him blink in time to the hour hand
A funny red nose, Rudolph jokes, memory failing

If you buy lottery tickets, you'll win someday
A pile of dead scratchers with the gold and silver scratched away

He faces the manageress, he feels her bright disdain
Watch as she yawns all the way through his final scene
She makes it clear, my dear, in no way does she wish him ill
She says there's no justice, there's just this bill

If you buy lottery tickets, you'll win someday
A pile of dead scratchers with the gold and silver scratched away
And your horseshoe wreath, it'll surely bloom
If you wait in the hotel bar all afternoon
If you wait in the hotel bar all afternoon

Ten years at the Columbia Hotel
For that, you should be a fabulous prize
Like a lifetime room for a life that slipped away
A place to hide the asphalt and tarmac in his eyes

If you buy lottery tickets you'll win one day
A pile of dead scratchers with the gold and silver scratched away
And your horseshoe wreath, it'll surely bloom
If you wait in the hotel bar all afternoon
If you wait in the hotel bar all afternoon

You'll see Ed McMahon and his gorgeous models emerge from the Columbia gloom
With many thanks for the life you lead and the joy you made
They'll give you a wad of paper and, yes, all your favorite balloons
And make an overly long speech about how you never let the bastards kill your soul
But if you ever beat sun to the dawn, you pound on the walls of doom
And everyday fight the vacuum? in a world without heroes like supermen
Just shine like stars and cast no shadows across the room
And end up owning only a haystack, a needle, and a spoon
They say we pardon to the degree that we love
But for most of us, love is only a part in a cartoon
I know we pay for what we are, but let me please observe
You're a king, I know, I saw it written on your tomb
You're a king, I know, I saw it written on your tomb


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