The Entertainer

I am the entertainerAnd I know just where I standAnother serenaderAnd another long-haired bandToday I am your championI may have won your heartsBut I know the game, you’ll forget my nameAnd I won’t be here in another yearIf I don’t stay on the chartsI am the entertainerAnd I’ve had to pay my priceThe things I did not know at firstI learned by doin’ twiceAh, but still they come to haunt meStill they want their saySo I’ve learned to dance with a hand in my pantsI let ’em rub my neck and I write ’em a checkAnd they go their merry wayI am the entertainerBeen all around the worldI’ve played all kinds of palacesAnd laid all kinds of girlsI can’t remember facesI don’t remember namesAh, but what the hellYou know it’s just as well’cause after a while and a thousand milesIt all becomes the sameI am the entertainerI bring to you my songsI’d like to spend a day or twoI can’t stay that longNo, I’ve got to meet expensesI got to stay in lineGotta get those fees to the agenciesAnd I’d love to stay but there’s bills to paySo I just don’t have the timeI am the entertainerI come to do my showYou’ve heard my latest recordIt’s been on the radioAh, it took me years to write itThey were the best years of my lifeIt was a beautiful songBut it ran too longIf you’re gonna have a hitYou gotta make it fitSo they cut it down to 3:05I am the entertainerThe idol of my ageI make all kinds of moneyWhen I go on the stageAh, you’ve seen me in the papersI’ve been in the magazinesBut if I go cold I won’t get soldI’ll get put in the back in the discount rackLike another can of beansI am the entertainerAnd I know just where I standAnother serenaderAnd another long-haired bandToday I am your championI may have won your heartsBut I know the game, you’ll forget my nameI won’t be here in another yearIf I don’t stay on the charts

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