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The ice cream man he's a hillbilly fan
He's got seventy-eights by Hank Snow
Walks down the street, shufflin' his feet
To the rhythm that only he knows
And I've seen him in so many places
I saw him on the night I was born
In a Bourbon Street bar, I received my first scar
From an old man so tattered and torn
And the wino and I know the pain of street singin'
Like the door-to-door salesman
Knows the pains of bell ringin'
Strange situation, wild occupation
Livin' my life like a song
The coffee is strong at the Cafe du Monde
And the donuts are too hot to touch
But just like a fool, when those sweet goodies cool
I eat till I eat way too much
'Cause I'm livin' on things that excite me
Be they pastry or lobster or love
I'm just tryin' to get by being quiet and shy
In a world full of pushin' and shove
And the wino and I know the pain of back bustin'
Like the farmer knows the pain
Of his pickup truck rustin'
Sweet sen~orita won't you please come with me
Back to the island honey, back to the sea
Back to the only place that I want to be
And the wino and I know the joy of the ocean
Like a boy knows the joy
Of his milkshake in motion
Yes it's a strange situation, wild occupation
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