Desolation row

They're selling postcards of the hanging
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They're painting the passports brown
The beauty parlour's filled with sailors
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The circus is in town here comes the blind commissioner
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They've got him in a trance one hand's tied to the tightrope walker
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The other is in his pants and the riot squad they're restless
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they need some where to go
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As lady and I look out tonight on Desolation row

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Cinderella she seem so easy it takes on to know one she smiles
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Then puts her hand in her back pocket Betty Davis style
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Then in comes Romeo he's moaning you Belong to me I believe
And someone says your in the wrong place my friend
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You better leave and the only sound that's left
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after the ambulances go  is Cinderella sweeping up on Desolation row

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Now the moon is almost hidden the stars are beginning to hide
The fortune telling lady
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Has already taken all her things inside
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All except for Cane and Able and the Hunch Back of Notre Dame
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everyone is making love or else expecting rain
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And the good Samaritan he's dressing he's gettin ready for the show
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He's going to the carnival tonight on Desolation row

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Now Ophelia she's 'neath the window for her I feel so afraid
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On her twenty-second birthday she already is an old maid
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To her death is quite romantic  she wears an iron vest
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Her profession's her religion her sin is her lifelessness
And though her eyes are fixed upon
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Noah's great rainbow  she spends her time peeking into Desolation row

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Einstein disguised as Robin Hood with his memories in a trunk
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Passed this way an hour ago with his friend a jealous monk
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He looked so frightful as he bummed a cigarette
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Then went off sniffing drain pipes and reciting the alphabet
No you would not think to look at him
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That he was famous long ago for playing electric violin
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on Desolation row

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Doctor filth he keeps his word inside a leather cup
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But all his sexless patients are trying to blow it up
Now his nurse a local looser
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She's in charge of the cyanide hole and she also keeps the cards that read
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Have mercy on his soul they all play on penny whistles
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You can hear them blow If you lean your head out far enough
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from Desolation row

Across the street they've nailed the curtains
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they're gettin ready for the feast the phantom of the opera
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a perfect image of a priest
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They're spoon feedin Casanova to get him to feel more assured
then they'll killed him with self confidence
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after poisoning him with words
and the phantom shouting to skinning girls
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get outta her don't you know
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Casanova is just being punished for going to Desolation row

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Now at midnight all the agents and the superhuman crews
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round up everyone that knows more than they do
Then they bring them to the factory
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where the heart attack machines
is strapped across their shoulders
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And then the kerosene is brought down from the castles
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by insurance men that go check to see that nobody is escaping
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to Desolation row

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Praise be to Nero's Neptune the Titanic sails at dawn
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and everybody shouting which side are you on
and Ezra Pound and T S  Eliot
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fighting in the captains tower while calypso signers laugh at them
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and fishermen hold flowers between the windows of the sea
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where lovely mermaids flow and nobody has to think too much
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about Desolation row

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Yes I received your letter yesterday about the time the door knob broke
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When you asked me how I was was that some kind of joke
All those people that you mention
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yes I know them they're quite lame  I had to rearrange their faces
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and give them all another name
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Right now I can't read too good don't send me no more letters no
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Not unless you mail them from Desolation row