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Laughing Jackie the Pimp

from Victory Party by Geoff Berner

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Laughing Jackie smiled so sweet.
He ran the girls who worked our street.
They worked all day and night to put
Diamond cufflinks on his shirt.
With his silver-handled walking stick,
Jackie never missed a trick.
Laughing Jackie,
Handsome in his tailored suit.
Laughing Jackie,
Always in a pleasant mood.
Laughing Jackie never mad
When a cutie stashed a wad.
See his stick, it spins and twirls,
Laughing as he beats the girls.
If he got a broken one,

There's always more where that came from.
Laughing Jackie,
The bus station runaways,
Laughing Jackie
They all wound up at Jackie’s place.
Then one day the Russians came
To put a stake in Jackie’s claim.
Jackie thought he could resist...
That’s a trick that Jackie missed.
Jackie tap your little tin cup,
Hoping for a coin to drop.
The Russians beat you with your stick,
But Jackie don’t you look so sick--
Isn’t it every pimp’s ambition
To one day become a musician?
Laughing Jackie,
With his funny, wired-up, broken jaw,
Laughing Jackie,
He’s not laughing anymore.


from Victory Party, released March 8, 2011


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Geoff Berner Vancouver, British Columbia

Singer / songwriter / accordionist / novelist Geoff Berner's music combines klezmer, punk, political satire and Balkan dance rhythms. He writes sharp, literate songs that make you want to weep, laugh, grind your teeth, or kick out a window - often all at the same time. Having built a cult following with his weirdly compelling stage presence, G.B. has a strange ability to create fun chaos. ... more

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