Lyrics: “Spider Baby” by The Atomic Fireballs

It always seems as if I can never find the lyrics to the songs I have a hard time puzzling out on my own. The Atomic Fireballs have only put out two albums, sadly enough, since I think they?re one of the more talented and unique swing bands. Not to mention, the lead singer John Bunkley?s voice drives me wild. Since the lyrics to Man with the Hex can be found elsewhere, I?ve transcribed one of my other favorites, Spider Baby. Keep in mind, I couldn?t understand all of the lyrics, so if you have a different take on them, let me know.

Spider Baby

I slip through the alleys
down to dead end streets
hiding in the corners
yeah, where the lost souls meet

We are born by the river
and by the river we’ll die

So sick of boots
in three-piece suits
and the mascara sly

So loose on the inside
so tightened up on top
don’t be alarmed
if in the morning
I ain’t there when you wake up

The life you lead ain’t wicked
it just bores me to tears
Yeah, tomorrow seems like yesterday
it’s only cuz I’m not here
I’m better at breathing water
than you are at drinking tears
Yeah, tomorrow seems like yesterday
it’s only cuz I’m not here

Your stocks have gone public
the quotes are through the roof
A sweet little itty-bitty
spider, baby
He’s buying a hundred proof

We are born by the river
and by the river we’ll die
So sick of boots
in three-piece suits
and the mascara sly

The life you lead ain’t wicked
it just bores me to tears
Tomorrow seems like yesterday
it’s only cuz I’m not here
I’m better at breathing water
than you are at drinking tears

Tomorrow seems like yesterday
it’s only cuz I’m not here
I’m better at breathing water
than you are at drinking tears

Lord?
Tomorrow seems like yesterday
It’s only cuz I’m not here.
and by the river we’ll die

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