Tom Waits Got a Cherry Popsicle

Tom Waits' "Ice Cream Man" is just as earnest as Jonathan Richman's, but I don't think Jonathan was thinking drumstick when he wrote his version...


lyrics:
I'll be clickin' by your house about two forty-five
Sidewalk sundae strawberry surprise,
I got a cherry popsicle right on time
A big stick, mamma, that'll blow your mind

'Cause I'm the ice cream man, I'm a one-man band (yeah)
I'm the ice cream man, honey, I'll be good to you.

Baby, missed me in the alley, baby, don't you fret
Come back around and don't forget,
When you're tired and you're hungry and you want something cool,
Got something better than a swimming pool

'Cause I'm the ice cream man, I'm a one-man band
I'm the ice cream man, honey, I'll be good to you.
'Cause I'm the ice cream man, I'm a one-man band
I'm the ice cream man, honey, I'll be good to you.

See me coming, you ain't got no change
Don't worry baby, it can be arranged:
Show me you can smile, baby just for me
Fix you with a drumstick, I'll do it for free

'Cause I'm the ice cream man, I'm a one-man band
I'm the ice cream man, honey, I'll be good to you.
Be good to you, be good to you,
Good to you yeah, good to you yeah, good to you yeah, good to you yeah,
Good to you yeah, good to you, I'll be good to you, I'll be good to you...

2 comments:

  1. It might be a far stretch, it might not but have you given Daniel Lanois' group, Black Dub, a spin yet? Trixie Whitley lends her vocals and it is amazing. Check out the NPR tiny desk concert; http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=131075032

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  2. Wow. Thanks for that link. THey are the real deal. I love the music---and also how they are both so weirdly captivating to watch--she the way she gets so transported, and he the way he watches her like he's watching some kind of miracle.

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