bubblegum and dimes lyrics – box office poison

the first time i went to her house i brought chinese food in a bag
i wasn’t greeted at the doorway by her, but her dad
he said “you better stay outside.”
i said “what for?”
he said “you second cl*ss poor boys treat my daughter like a wh*r*.”

melanie, i fell hard for her on some long island beach
but she was the kind of girl, only a special man could reach
after all i work on the triboro collectin’ your tolls
her daddy gave em one last chance and i took her out to bowl.

they got a speed boat, i take the subway
an indoor pool and pockets of cash
a dozen acres on the north sh*r*
i live above a discount store

so i replaced my leather with a tie
traded in my jeans, to make the mirror lie
when her dad saw me, he knew i was tryin’
he said “that was your last chance, don’t want you feedin from the family line.”

they got a speed boat, i take the subway
an indoor pool and pockets of cash
born without a family fortune was i
can’t get home with bubblegum and dimes

and so her brother caught us, talking through her window
but i said “i love you” before he got to me
the fist on my head was heavy as a cello
he said “you’d better not see my sister again.”
when i tell my friends this, they all find it funny. the only thing i learned
is don’t act like you got money

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