when the devil is too busy
and death's a bit too much
they call me by name you see
for my special touch
to the gentleman i'm Miss Fortune
to the ladies i'm Sir Prise
but call me by any name
any way it's all the same

i'm the fly in your soup
i'm the pebble in your shoe
i'm the pea beneath your bead
i'm the bump on every head
i'm the peel on which you slip
i'm the pin in every hip
i'm the thorn in your side
makes you wriggle and writhe

and it's so easy when you're evil
this is the life you see
the devil tips his hat to me
i do it all because i'm evil
and i do it all for free
your tears are all the pay i'll ever need

while there's children to make sad
while there's candy to be had
while there's pockets left to pick
while there's grannies left to trip down the stairs
i'll be there
i'll be waiting round the corner
it's a game i'm glad i'm in it
cuz there's one born every minute

and it's so easy when you're evil
this is the life you see
the devil tips his hat to me
i do it all because i'm evil
and i do it all for free
your tears are all the pay i'll ever need

i pledge my allegience to all things dark
and i promise on my damned soul
to do as i am told
for beelzebub has never seen
a soldier quite like me
not only does his job but does it happily

i'm the fear that keeps you wake
i'm the shadows on the wall
i'm the monsters they become
i'm the nightmare in your skull
i'm the dagger in your back
an extra turn upon the rack
i'm the quivering of your heart
a stabbing pain, a sudden start

and it's so easy when you're evil
this is the life you see
the devil tips his hat to me
i do it all because i'm evil
and i do it all for free
your tears are all the pay i'll ever need
and i do it all for free
your tears are all the pay i'll ever need
and i do it all for free
your tears are all the pay i'll ever need

it gets so lonely being evil
what i'd do to see a smile
even for a little while
and no one loves you when you're evil
i'm lying through my teeth
your tears are all the company i need


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  • +3
    General CommentSuch a strangely cheerful tune about evil and annoyance. rather fun actually. I especially love the following lines:
    It gets so lonely, being evil
    What I'd do to see a smile, even for a little while
    And no one loves you when you're evil...
    I'm lying through my teeth
    Your tears are all the company I'll need

    just gives me an image of an evil guy looking sad, then he grins wickedly, laughs, smacks you upside the head and does more evil things.
    Greenflameon May 04, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAll of the songs are Nightmare Before Christmas were composed by Danny Elfman(Voltaire loves him, and so do I. That man is awesome) I wish he had sung on that movie.

    This song resembles pure fun to me, just loving what you do for a living (or unliving....if you're the undead...I guess, I don't know the word for it)
    Briandedon July 31, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI like this song because it's about evil for evil's sake and nothing more and less than simple, malicious fun. Is it bad I always imagine a guy in a suit with a cane acting out the stuff (tripping a guy, hitting him in the side, hitting him on the head) and the devil just walks by tipping his hat during the chorus and the last time the chorus plays he steals the devil's hat?
    atemu1234on July 07, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe first verse is:

    "When the devil is too busy,
    and death's a bit too much,
    they call on me by name, you see
    for my special touch.
    to the gentlemen I'm Miss Fortune
    to the ladies I'm Sir Prise.
    But call me by any name,
    any way it's all the same."

    -js?!
    julian814on June 07, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOne of the best Voltaire songs.
    freakishfaeon April 17, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe funniest thing about this song is that the Devil respects the pure evilness of all the annoyances in life, like a pebble in your shoe.
    mooingfishon June 05, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentvoltaire has done several songs in "the Grimm adventures of Billy and Mandy"
    smrts 1080on February 17, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe meaning of the song's pretty clear, but what does "an extra turn upon the rack" mean?
    ForeverRetroon November 08, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLove this song. It's my new favorite now!!! Totally agree with you Greenfang! Love that last part, haha!
    vamp43on October 25, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLove this song I sing it happily also anyone that likes tis song and cats check out basement cat tribute
    Chinchowon May 16, 2012   Link

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