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Song Author Jim Croce Submitted by: Anonymous
[E]Uptown got it's hustlers

The bowery got it's bums

42nd Street got Big Jim Walker
He's a pool-shootin' son of a [E7]gun   
Yeah[A7], he big and dumb as a man can come

But he stronger than a country hoss
And when the [B7]bad folks all get [A7]together at night
You know they [B7]all call big Jim [E]"Boss", just because

And they say
You don't [A7]tug on Superman's [E7]cape   
You don't [A7]spit into the [E7]wind   
You don't [A7]pull the mask off that old Lone Ranger
And you [B7]don't mess around with [E]Jim  
Do da do da da di di de de de [B7]di   

[E]Well outta south Alabama came a country boy

He say I'm lookin' for a man named Jim

I am a pool-shootin' boy

My name Willie McCoy
But down home they call me [E7]Slim   
Yeah I'm [A7]lookin' for the king of 42nd Street

He drivin' a drop top Cadillac
Last week he [B7]took all my money
And it [A7]may sound funny
But I c[B7]ome to get my money [E]back

And everybody say Jack don't you know
And you don't [A7]tug on Superman's [E7]cape   
You don't [A7]spit into the [E7]wind   
You don't [A7]pull the mask off that old Lone Ranger
And you [B7]don't mess around with [E]Jim  
Do da do da da di di de de de[B7] di   
[E]Well a hush fell over the pool room

Jimmy come boppin' in off the street

And when the cuttin' were done

The only part that wasn't bloody
Was the [E7]soles of the big man's feet
Yeah he were [A7]cut in in bout a hundred places

And he were shot in a couple more
And you [B7]better believe
They [A7]sung a different kind of story
When [B7]big Jim hit the [E]floor now they say
You don't [A7]tug on Superman's [E7]cape   
You don't [A7]spit into the [E7]wind   
You don't [A7]pull the mask off that old Lone Ranger
And you [B7]don't mess around with [E]Slim
mm mn mn mn mn mn mn [B7]mn   

Yeah, big Jim got his hat

Find out where it's at

And it's not hustlin' people strange to you

Even if you do got a two-piece custom-made pool cue
Yeah you don't [A7]tug on Superman's [E7]cape   
You don't [A7]spit into the [E7]wind   
You don't [A7]pull the mask off the old Lone Ranger
And you [B7]don't mess around with [E]Slim



Uptown got it's hustlers

The bowery got it's bums

42nd Street got Big Jim Walker
He's a pool-shootin' son of a gun
Yeah, he big and dumb as a man can come

But he stronger than a country hoss
And when the bad folks all get together at night
You know they all call big Jim "Boss", just because

And they say
You don't tug on Superman's cape
You don't spit into the wind
You don't pull the mask off that old Lone Ranger
And you don't mess around with Jim
Do da do da da di di de de de di

Well outta south Alabama came a country boy

He say I'm lookin' for a man named Jim

I am a pool-shootin' boy

My name Willie McCoy
But down home they call me Slim
Yeah I'm lookin' for the king of 42nd Street

He drivin' a drop top Cadillac
Last week he took all my money
And it may sound funny
But I come to get my money back

And everybody say Jack don't you know
And you don't tug on Superman's cape
You don't spit into the wind
You don't pull the mask off that old Lone Ranger
And you don't mess around with Jim
Do da do da da di di de de de di
Well a hush fell over the pool room

Jimmy come boppin' in off the street

And when the cuttin' were done

The only part that wasn't bloody
Was the soles of the big man's feet
Yeah he were cut in in bout a hundred places

And he were shot in a couple more
And you better believe
They sung a different kind of story
When big Jim hit the floor now they say
You don't tug on Superman's cape
You don't spit into the wind
You don't pull the mask off that old Lone Ranger
And you don't mess around with Slim
mm mn mn mn mn mn mn mn

Yeah, big Jim got his hat

Find out where it's at

And it's not hustlin' people strange to you

Even if you do got a two-piece custom-made pool cue
Yeah you don't tug on Superman's cape
You don't spit into the wind
You don't pull the mask off the old Lone Ranger
And you don't mess around with Slim

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