Don't Waste My Time

by Ira Marlowe

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This is a silly song that plays off the expression "I can't get arrested". I confess it was written in frustration with spinning my wheels for so long in the music industry. :0



In the dirty alley
Behind Sam Wo’s Launderette
He flashed his badge and sat me in his unmarked Coronet
But when I told my crime
He only laughed and shook his head
Don’t waste my time is all he said

Well, I’m no Al Capone,
I could not disagree
But over there on 6th Street
There’s folks have heard of me
But he could not contain himself
When I described my spree
Don’t waste my time
Was all he said to me
Don’t waste my time
Don’t waste my time
Don’t waste my time

Well, time is something
Not everybody has
I tried to pull the big one
But the years did quickly pass
Now every two-bit gumwad punk
Will tell you ain’t no gas
In this Cadillac of criminal minds
Don’t tell me not to waste your time!!!

If I had a dime for every time I’ve heard that line…

In a dirty bodyshop
On 10th and South Van Ness
I was the man with the master plan
to put that ghost to rest
I led a ring of hardened men
To a Jackson Street address
My time had come, oh yes

Now the wheel of fortune
Has spun around 'round here
All my years of crime and caper
Finally payin' dear
Respect comes hard but in the yard
There’s one thing I don’t hear
Don’t waste my time
See we all got years and years and years





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