Carpetbaggers

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They come to town when the war is over
Dirty boots in the middle of the night
Trolling the bars, hitting on the soldiers
Boys give it up without a fight
They say, "Hey, boy, how about your place?
I know you really want to take me home"
Drop the bags off on the bedroom floor
They make love with the lights on, saying

"I'm a carpetbagger, baby
I'm coming to your town
I'm going to treat you kind (woo-hoo)
I'm going to rob you blind (woo-hoo)
I'll smile all the time
Whoa, yeah
Whoa, yeah
Whoa, yeah

Sally could have had any one of the boys
But she couldn't love no one she could not control
Friend of mine and her got married
I don't hear too much from them anymore
Last I heard, he had a rope around his neck
Dragging around the grocery store
Carrying her bags and pushing down the aisles
Saying, "I ain't got no home in this world anymore"

"I'm a carpetbagger, baby
I'm coming to your town
I'm going to treat you kind (woo-hoo)
I'm going to rob you blind (woo-hoo)
I'll smile all the time
Whoa, yeah
Whoa, yeah
Whoa, yeah

They come to town when the party's over
Books been written and truths been tried
They'll take it all if the door's left open
Steal the nose right from under your eyes

Singing, "I'm a carpetbagger, baby
I'm coming to your town
I'm going to treat you kind (woo-hoo)
I'm going to rob you blind (woo-hoo)
I'll smile all the time
Whoa, yeah
Whoa, yeah
Whoa, yeah
Whoa, yeah

Carpetbaggers
Written byJohnathan Rice
Performed byJenny Lewis (with Elvis Costello)
Produced byJenny Lewis, Johnathan Rice, "Farmer" Dave Scher & Jason Lader
MusiciansJenny Lewis - vocal
Elvis Costello - vocal
Johnathan Rice - acoustic guitars
Blake Mills - electric guitar
Davey Faragher - bass
Jason Boesel - drums
Vanessa Corbala - vocals
Zooey Deschanel - vocals
RecordedJanuary 16, 2008, Sound City Studios, Van Nuys, CA
ReleasedSeptember 23, 2008
AlbumsJenny Lewis - Acid Tongue, 2008
SinglesCarpetbaggers, 2008
Various Artists collectionsUncut: Best Of 2008, 2008
Length3:33

First known performance:
September 9, 2008, Spectacle: Elvis Costello with...
Last known performance:
October 1, 2010, San Francisco, CA
     (6 known performances)


Jenny Lewis: Acid TongueJenny Lewis Acid Tongue album cover.jpg

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