I've been his friend since we were little babies
I was a comfort to his mother and a pal to his dad
Before they passed away they said,
"Please take care of our Davy
You may be the only friend he ever will have"
Davy the fat boy, Davy the fat boy
Isn't he round? Isn't he round?
What do he weigh folks?
Can you guess what he weigh?
It's only a quarter
Win a teddy bear for the girlfriend
Or something for the wife
You got to let this fat boy in your life

I think we can persuade him to do
The famous fat boy dance for you
Give me half a chance
I just know you'll like my fat boy's dance

Davy the fat boy, Davy the fat boy
Isn't he
Isn't he round?

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Davy the Fat Boy Lyrics as written by Randy Newman

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    The character sketch at the tail end of Newman’s first album where one can hear his dark, sardonic brand of song writing coming into full bloom for the first time. Over Van Dyke Park’s elaborate arrangement, Newman sings from the perspective of a man, who, in the first verse, describes promising Davy’s parents that he will take care of him following their death. He is, as they state, “the only friend he ever will have”. In a marvellously black twist, it is revealed the narrator is now exploiting Davy in a carnival sideshow, where Davy undertakes the tragic “fat boy dance” for passers-by. Yet the tone of the music soon changes, the music swells to a sombre climax, where the narrator repeats the question previously posed to the crowd, however this time it is sullen and empty, “Isn’t he round?”. The morose strings suggest the narrator’s regret, yet soon they vanish, the rolling piano refrain reappears. The show must go on...

    imperial.bedroomon December 16, 2007   Link

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