While the music played, you worked by candlelight
Those San Francisco nights
You were the best in town
Just by chance you crossed the diamond with the pearl

You turned it on the world
That's when you turned the world around
(Did you feel like Jesus?)
Did you realize
That you were a champion in their eyes?

On the hill the stuff was laced with kerosene
But yours was kitchen-clean
Everyone stopped to stare at your technicolor motor home

Every A-Frame had your number on the wall
You must have had it all
You'd go to L.A. on a dare and you'd go it alone
(Could you live forever?)
Could you see the day?
Could you feel your whole world fall apart and fade away?

(Get along, get along, Kid Charlemagne)
(Get along, Kid Charlemagne)

Now your patrons have all left you in the red
Your low-rent friends are dead
This life can be very strange
All those day-glo freaks who used to paint the face

They've joined the human race
Some things will never change
(Son, you were mistaken)
You are obsolete
Look at all the white men on the street

(Get along, get along, Kid Charlemagne)
(Get along, Kid Charlemagne)

Clean this mess up else we'll all end up in jail
Those test-tubes and the scale
Just get it all out of here

Is there gas in the car?
Yes, there's gas in the car
I think the people down the hall know who you are

(Careful what you carry)
'Cause the man is wise
You are still an outlaw in their eyes

(Get along, get along, Kid Charlemagne)
(Get along, Kid Charlemagne)

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Kid Charlemagne Lyrics as written by Walter Carl Becker Donald Jay Fagen

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  • +4
    General Commentjackiebum and pakalolo are right. this song is more about a famed chemist and innovator of LSD than a dealer. And you should read Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test if you haven't. Although written by the squarest of the squares, it's a great piece of New Journalism that also conveys just how world-changing people thought LSD might be at its inception and introduction to the world. Owsley was also a sound man for the Dead.
    jimmymackon April 01, 2006   Link

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