This Amazing Hat

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lyrics

“In which a vagabond finds a new headpiece, and new confidence.”

In the summer
In the city
In a dumpster in the street

That's where I found it
I looked around me
And there was no-one to be seen

I took a breath
I took a dive
I felt the trash and I felt alive

This is how it started

Next morning
Sunday morning
Feel different to the core

I don't remember
Whatever happened
I'm not myself and I'm not sure

Get on my feet
I touch my head
I feel the hat, I feel so fine

Tell us 'bout the hat now

So black
So high
Even the heat don't dare
Look me in the eye

Round edge
Smooth sides
I'm the king of tramps now baby
Watch me as I fly

This hat is an amazing hat
Keeps me warm while I still look cool
From a bum straight to a real class act

Stylish and sweet
He's the king of the street

Black Betty
Raw Freddy
Fat Ed and mr. Chang

My new minions
My hat companions
We've invented our own slang

It's my domain
You don't complain
You pick the street I name the price

Now we're getting somewhere

Conclusion
A great fusion
Of function and of style

I was a no-one
But now I'm someone
And I will be for some while

A pimp pope
A bum boss
A tyrant tramp, a cool clochard

Tell us 'bout the hat now
So black
So high
Even the heat don't dare
Look me in the eye

Round edge
Smooth sides
I'm the king of tramps now baby
Watch me as I fly

This hat is an amazing hat
Keeps me warm while I still look cool
From a bum straight to a real class act

Stylish and sweet
He's the king of the street

We are walking the streets
To the sound of the beat
Everybody wants to see the hat
It’s black and tall, and cooler than y’all
A sight you won’t forget

I’m like a gorilla, with a roar like Godzilla
When I’m walking down my turf
I smite the few, that don’t do like I do
So you better not get on my nerves

Like a big scary bat with a sizeable hat
I’m soaring in the dark of the night
I got nothing to fear, got nothing to do
I guess that’s quite alright

This is the end of the song,
And I’d love to go on
But we’re running out of time
If you like this beat just press ‘repeat’
And you’re gonna be just fine

credits

from Rejected Scripts, released March 20, 2016

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