"Walking Spanish" as written by and Tom Waits....
He 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
Every face looks right up at Mason
He's walking Spanish down the hall

Latella's screeching for a blind pig
Punk Sander's 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 good bye, he's just leaving early
He's walking Spanish down the hall

All St. Bartholomew said was whispered
Into the ear of Blind Jack Dawes
All the 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


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"Walking Spanish" as written by Thomas Alan Waits

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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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    General CommentGuy is making the final walk of his life to the electric chair to be executed, but he's walking tall and brave.
    midniteradioon February 04, 2018   Link

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