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Jim Croce - You Don't Mess Around With Jim (Live) [reMaSter]

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Published on Jun 15, 2009

Live performance by Jim Croce and Maury Muehleisen
Remastered: audio-visually improved, converted to widescreen 16:9

You Don't Mess Around With Jim
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Lyrics/Music: Jim Croce

Uptown got its hustlers, Bowery got its bums
Forty-second Street got big Jim a-Walker
He a pool-shootin' son of a gun
Yeah, he big 'n' dumb as a man can come
But he stronger than the 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 ol' Lone Ranger
And you don't mess around with Jim"
Ba-doom dooh-dah-dah deem di-di di-di dee

Well, outta South Alabama come a country boy
He said: "I'm lookin' for a man named 'Jim'
I am a pool-shootin' boy, my name Willie McCoy
But down a-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, ooh, don't you know...
That you don't tug on Superman's cape
You don't spit into the wind
You don't pull the mask off that ol' Lone Ranger
And you don't mess around with Jim"

Ba-doom dooh-dah-dah deem di-di di-di dee

Well, a hush fell over the pool-room
a-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 was shot in a couple more
And you better believe
They sang a different kind-a story
When a-big Jim hit the floor... hmm-huh...

Now they're sayin':
"You don't tug on Superman's cape
You don't spit into the wind
You don't pull the mask off that ol' Lone Ranger
And you don't mess around with Slim"
Mmm...

Yeah, big Jim got his hat
Find out where's at
And it's not hustlin' people strange to you
Even if you do got a two-piece custom-made pool cue

You don't tug on Superman's cape
You don't spit into the wind
You don't pull the mask off that ol' Lone Ranger
And you don't mess around with Slim
Mmm, mmm...
Mmm...

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