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Stand Up Guy Lyrics

Artist: Mark Knopfler
Album: Shangri-La

brew the coffee in a bucket
double straight man and banjo
if you don€™t got the snake oil
buster, you don€™t got a show
who puts the doh-re-me
in our pockets
keeps the party going on?
it€™s the man
who sells the potions
i€™m just one who plays the songs
now they generally buys
the bigger size
they usually rub it in
i drank it once, it tasted
like grease and paraffin
it€™s mostly alcohol, okay
you can€™t deny it€™s strong
we was going through the motions
€˜til the doctor came along

there stands the bottle
ladies and gentlemen
all these bottles
don€™t have to tell you, friends
these days miracles
don€™t come falling from the sky
raise your glasses to the doctor
to a stand up guy

when the monkeyshine is flying
and he€™s promising the cure
he says the french
for your lovesick blues
la maladie d€™amour
he gets the chumps all laughing
but he gets a few to buy
here€™s to beefsteak
when you€™re hungry
and whiskey when you€™re dry
now the band€™ll blow their moolah
like sailors gone ashore
now we€™re going to west helena
to gamble, drink and whore
let€™s you and me
all make whoopee
here€™s mud in your eye
here€™s to all the gals you ever want
and heaven when you die

there stands the bottle
ladies and gentlemen
all these bottles
don€™t have to tell you, friends
these days miracles
don€™t come falling from the sky
raise your glasses to the doctor
to a stand up guy

there€™s a big cheese with a cigar
been sizing up the show
he wants to get the doctor
pitching on the radio
i will make a switch to guitar
but the rules all still apply
they want to trust somebody
yeah, they want a stand up guy

there stands the bottle
here€™s to absent friends
all these bottles
dead soldiers in the end
these days miracles
don€™t come falling from the sky
raise your glasses to the doctor
to a stand up guy
to the doctor
a stand up guy
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