"Eyeball Kid" as written by and Tom Waits Kathleen Brennan....
Well, Zenora Bariella and Coriander Pyle
They had sixteen children in the usual style
They had a curio museum and they had no guile
All they ever wanted was a showbiz child

The seventh of December, nineteen-forty-nine
They got what they'd been wishing for all of the time
He grew up in a trailer, by the time he was nine
Rolled off to join the circus, telling fortunes on the side
Hail, hail, The Eyeball Kid

Well, the first time I saw him was a Saigon jail
Cost me twenty-seven dollars just to go his bail
I said your name will be in lights, and there's no doubt
But you got to have a manager, that's what it's all about
Yeah, yeah, yeah

The people would point, the people would stare
I'll always be here to protect you and to cut down on the glare
I know you can't speak, I know you can't sign
So cry right here on the dotted line
Hail, hail, The Eyeball Kid

Well, he was born without a body, not even a brow
I made the kid a promise, I made the kid a vow
He's not conventionally handsome, he'll never be tall
He said, 'All you got to do is book me into Carnegie Hall'

Hoo, he's just a little bitty thing, he's just a little guy
But women go crazy for the big blue eye
How does he dream, how does he think
When he can't even speak and he can't even blink?

I said Hail, hail
The Eyeball Kid
Hail, hail
The Eyeball Kid
Hail, hail
Eyeball Kid

Give it up and throw me down a couple of quid
Everybody wants to see the Eyeball Kid

They say, how does he dream, how does he think
When he can't even speak, and he can't even blink?
We're all lost in the wilderness, we're blind as can be
He came down to teach us how to really see (hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah)

So give it up and throw me down a couple of quid
Everybody wants to see the Eyeball Kid
Give it up and throw me down a couple of quid
Everybody wants to see the Eyeball Kid
Give it up, give it up

Give it up and throw me down a couple of quid
Everybody will want to see the Eyeball Kid
Eyeball Kid
Eyeball Kid
Oh, Eyeball Kid


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"Eyeball Kid" as written by Thomas A. Waits Kathleen Brennan

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    General Commenti think this song is about him.. although i dont quiet get what hes saying about himself with the fraze eyeball kid but the eye ball kid has the same birthday as him which is why i think its about him

    does anyone knwo what eyeball kid means tho?
    its_a_mad_worldon April 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI'm pretty sure it's just a song about a kid who is just an eyeball.
    nova handson September 12, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"The Eyeball Kid is a comic-book character. Actually, it was Nic Cage that reintroduced me to comic books. I hadn't thought about comic books since I was a little kid, but he seemed to carry that mythology with him. It was inspiring to see him keep alive some of those principles that we associate with childhood, to the point where he named himself after Cage, the comic-book hero. But I was trying to imagine what it would be like for a person with an enormous eyeball for a head to be in show business. If Barnum & Bailey were still around, I imagine he would have thrown in with them. The tour would be sponsored by Visine or Bausch & Lomb. It's a metaphor for people that get into show business, because they usually have some kind of family disturbance or are damaged in some way or another. I had a manager when I was a kid, I threw in with a guy named Herbie Cohen, who worked with Zappa. I wanted a big bruiser, the tough guy in the neighborhood, and I got it.""

    -Tom Waits
    BobbyjointRitualon April 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentFound a contradiction!! But it doesnt matter cos Tom Waits rules...

    He said "all you got to do is
    Book me into Carnegie Hall"

    When he can't even speak
    And he can't even blink
    jpr227on May 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI always thought it was a tribute to The Residents in their eyeball masks. Those falsetto voices crowing in the background are very unusual in a Tom Waits song but prototypical Residents! As are the odd atonal marimba licks.
    wattdefalkon January 23, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI thought it was an allusion to Ralph Waldo Emerson's concept of the "transparent eyeball."
    JohnnyLurgon April 26, 2014   Link

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