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Table Top Joe

from Alice (Remastered) by Tom Waits

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Well, my Mama didn't want me
On the day I was born

Born without a body
I got nothin' but scorn
But I always loved music
All I had was my hands
And I dreamed I'd be famous
And I'd work at The Sands

Tabletop Joe Tabletop Joe
Everyone knows Tabletop Joe

I had trouble with the pedals
But I had a strong left hand
And I could play Stravinsky
On a baby grand

I said I'm gonna join the circus
'cause that's where I belong
And I went to Coney Island
Singing this song

Tabletop Joe Tabletop Joe
Everyone knows Tabletop Joe

And they gave me top billing
In the Dreamland show
I had my own orchestra
Starring Tabletop Joe
And the man without a body
Proved everyone wrong
I was rich and I was famous
And I was where I belonged

Singing Tabletop Joe
Tabletop Joe
Everyone knows Tabletop Joe

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from Alice (Remastered), released May 7, 2002

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