retty sure Roger never meant us to take this one seriously.
My friend and I went to the picture show in town
They called his name and said his house and just burned down
I took his hand and offered him my sympathy
When suddenly, I remembered that he lived with me
The chorus is a vague reference to the fact that it “takes all kinds to make a world” but that’s just so he can rhyme “I’m the kinda guy hard luck sure gives a whirl.”
The music is even more upbeat that Engine, Engine, #9 (there’s a wonderful thump thump thump kick drum like the crowd on a wooden dance floor) but then, the lyrics aren’t as genuinely sad.
When I was a kid I had no idea what this verse meant. Once I did, it became one of my all-time favorite skewed lyrics.
Last night I had the pleasure of her company
She said she’d like to see a whole lot more of me
I spent money like I had my pockets full
Now ask me how it feels to try to see through wool