"Walking Spanish" as written by and Tom Waits....
He's got himself a homemade special
You know his glass is full of sand
And it feels just like a jaybird the way it fits into his hand
He rolled a blade up in his trick towel

They slap their hands against the wall
You never trip, you never stumble
He's walking Spanish down the hall

Slip him a picture of our Jesus
Or give him a spoon to dig a hole
What all he done ain't no one's business
But he'll need blankets for the cold
They dim the lights over on Broadway
Even the king has bowed his head
And every face looks right up at Mason
Man he's walking Spanish down the hall

Litella's screeching for a blind pig
Punk Sanders carved it out of wood
He never sang when he got hoodwinked
They tried it all but he never would
Tomorrow morning there'll be laundry
But he'll be somewhere else to hear the call
Don't say goodbye, he's just leaving early
He's walking Spanish down the hall

All St. Barthelemew said
Was whispered into the ear of Blind Jack Dawes
All Baker told the machine was that he never broke the law
Go on and tip your hat up to the Pilate
Take off your watch, your rings and all
Even Jesus wanted just a little more time
When he was walking Spanish down the hall

Lyrics submitted by yuri_sucupira

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    General Comment"Walking Spanish" is strutting the perp walk. You got caught and you're going to the big house, but the perp walk gives you your last chance for a public display of pride, celebrating the honor of thieves and other criminals. You command respect from all, including the police and your moral superiors. The final couplet is classic.
    loyoyoon September 29, 2004   Link
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    My Interpretation He's walking to the electric chair, but no one is gonna get the satisfaction of hearing him cowering or pleading.
    babsdaddyon April 13, 2010   Link

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