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Uke Lyr Req: Travelling Salesman songs - any more? (11) Lyr Add: SALESMAN (Stan Ridgway) 09 Mar 07

'Salesman' by Stan Ridgway. From the LP 'The Big Heat' (1986)

Now, I've been travelin' long and hard
And all over this big land
And I've got somethin' here in my bag
For every woman and man
And nowhere is too far
'Cause I cover a pretty wide base
From way down south to way up north
I'll shake hands with any friendly face

Salesman, salesman
Why don't you sell me somethin'
Salesman, salesman
Why don't you sell me somethin'

Now I've got a box in my hand
And I'm gonna travel that land
I'm a salesman for hire
And I never get tired
So just plug it in and it'll work
Don't worry about it breakin'
It's factory made and guaranteed
And we're not fakin'


Now, I keep bangin' on my case
And smilin' broad and make the deal
But sometimes my feet begin to shake
Like I'm slippin' on a banana peel
And I've been everywhere around this world
I fly on the edge of the ball
I keep the numbers all up here
I just read the map and steer, that's all


Now I'll never give up this way of life
This life has called me to
I've gotta get to New Orleans by noon
If I can only find my shoe
('Cause I'm a salesman! Pleased to meetcha!)

And I've seen the dirt and dust
Of a hundred towns like this
I just work my way on through...
Sometimes it's just hit and miss
And I got a little something here in my bag
To help me burn the leaves
But I gotta watch it close this time
I know, because nothin' comes for free
(No, nothin' comes for free)

I know a little girl in Idaho
I guess I'll look her up now in a week or so
She was always good for a drink and a laugh
And what the traffic would allow


Everybody wants a real deal, everybody wants a real deal
Everybody wants a real deal, everybody wants a real deal

Also, once I saw a songbook for sale called 'Hoover Songs' (c.1950s) and it had songs that a travelling Hoover salesman might sing to their customers. It was too expensive for me to get, but perhaps somewhere else out there has a copy and could transcribe some?

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