"Jitterbug Boy" as written by and Tom Waits....
Well, I'm a jitterbug boy, by the shoe-shine
Resting on my laurels and my hardys too
Life of Riley on a swing shift, gears follow my drift
Once upon a time I was in show-biz too
I seen the Brooklyn Dodgers playing at Ebbets Field
Seen the Kentucky Derby too
It's fast women, slow horses, unreliable sources,
And I'm holding up the lamp-post if you want to know
I've seen the Wabash Cannonball, buddy, I've done it all
Cause I slept with the lions and Marilyn Monroe,
Had breakfast in the eye of a hurricane
Fought Rocky Marciano, played Minnesota Fats,
Burned hundred-dollar bills, I've eaten Mulligan stew
Got drunk with Louis Armstrong, what's that old song?
I taught Mickey Mantle everything that he knows
So you ask me what I'm doing here holding up the lamp-post,
Flipping this quarter, trying to make up my mind
And if it's heads I go to Tennessee, and tails I buy a drink,
If it lands on the edge I keep talking to you

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"Jitterbug Boy" as written by Tom Waits

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    General CommentWhat he's saying is that he's not impressed with BS, and as far as he is concerned claiming to have slept w/ M Monroe is as impressive as eating Mulligan stew.

    I'm convinced I've heard a version of this song where he says
    "It's fast women, slower horses, I'm reliable sources.
    I'll tell you anything you want me to know."

    I can't find this version anywhere though. Has anybody else heard this version?
    MadScion September 28, 2010   Link
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    General CommentWhat a brilliant song...Here's to all the Bull******* out there and; they've been commemorated with their own song at last. Haven't we all had to listen at one time or another or even been taken in by some guy arrogantly assuming that everybody is dumb enough to find what they boast about themselves as being even remotely plausible.
    BarnabyHugheson October 07, 2015   Link
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    Song MeaningSo, essentially, Tom Waits is saying that Tom Waits is super awesome (he taught Micky Mantle everything that he knows!), and he does not really want to talk to you anymore.
    clovuson December 31, 2008   Link

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