The Bearded Lady & the Fat Man

from by Jenny Katz

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lyrics

There’s a story down the midway strip
Past the man with the animal balloons
Past the psychic with the neon moon
Set to the sound of a calliope tune
Two tents, cheek to cheek
The Fattest Man in the World!
and the Primitive Fur-Covered Woman from Darkest Brazil!
Pay a quarter and take a peek
You catch ‘em back there in between shows
snatching kisses and speaking low
The bearded lady and the fat man
they’ve been an item since the circus began
Two tents with adjoining flaps 
Past the tent where the Hottentots dance
It’s a midway story, but a three-ring romance
He runs his fingers through the hair on her back, he says, “You know, I’ve never been so happy—
I’m gonna build you a cottage, I’m gonna grow you lilacs
and lilies and columbines and morning glory vines.”
You catch ‘em back there in between shows
snatching kisses and speaking low
The bearded lady and the fat man
they’ve got each other and they’ve got a plan
Two wrongs may not make a right, but two loving freaks make a very nice night
So go and turn the gas lamps blue
Baby let me be a freak with you
“With you,” he said,
“I could do the tightrope walk
I could make the seals stand up and talk
I could juggle a torch
and a watermelon and an egg and a ringing alarm clock.”
“With you,” she said,
“I’m on the trapeze
Like I’m up there swinging by my knees
And when I let go and I’m flying through the air
I know you’ll be my net down there 
I don’t know what it is about you baby,” she said,
“I know you make me feel safe
Something real solid about you baby
Something to pin me in place”
She said, “I love you,
you freak, I love you”
You catch ‘em back there in between shows
snatching kisses and speaking low
The bearded lady and the fat man
They know what love is, if anybody can
Two wrongs may not make a right, but two loving freaks make a very nice night
So come on, baby, hold me tight
Two wrongs may not make a right, but two loving freaks make a very nice night
So go and turn the gas lamps blue
Baby let me be a freak with you

credits

from Galaxies, released August 8, 2012
guitars and vocals: Jenny Katz

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Jenny Katz Northampton, Massachusetts

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