The Troubador
Streetlight Manifesto Lyrics


This is a morbid story about a fella that had to die,
he had a beautiful wife but he also had a roving eye.

She planted him by the roadside,
She planted him by the roadside,
She planted him by the roadside,
for all the unfaithful husbands to see.

Come let me tell you the story,
of little Willie the Troubador
And just how it happened to pass my friends,
little Willie won't see no more.

You know why?
She planted him by the roadside,
She planted him by the roadside,
She planted him by the roadside,
for all the unfaithful husbands to see.

Willie was handsome as he could be,
he met a girl in society
Thin Willie was cursed with a rovin' eye,
and never let a pretty chick pass by.

So he bought himself a convertible bird,
to ride the fine chicks around
He found out he was being followed,
so he could never let the top down.

You know what happened to him?
She planted him by the roadside,
She planted him by the roadside,
She planted him by the roadside,
for all the unfaithful husbands to see.

If he drove a girl to a drive-in,
he'd have to go after dark
He knew he'd always have to hide,
so he'd wind up sitting in the park.

She caught him down by the water,
lovin' the fisherman's daughter
she pulled a little pistol from right out of the air,
and shot poor Willie right then and there.

She planted him by the roadside,
She planted him by the roadside,
She planted him by the roadside,
for all the unfaithful husbands to see.

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Comments from YouTube:

Tom Rooke

This song is heavenly. My favourite from the quite brilliant album (minus 'Hurt')

Juan Concepcion

Lol I'm starting a band with some old marching band friends from high school.

If we cover this song it'd be a cover of a cover haha

wood6735

@tjtell93 THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH!! I have been LOOKING for this album forever! Thank you thank you thank you!!! :D

connor-maoilchiarain

Does anybody else hear Mike Brown at 1:30 shout in a ghetto voice: "Ah nah he din't!" Best part of the song.

DONGSQUAT

It really is. His New York accent is perfect.

Jamie A2Z83

@greendayfan234 Well I hope that their horn section at least has owned plenty of good jazz music. I assume thats why their music shows talent because of influences like this. This guy was kinda important too as being one of the first black musicians whose music transcended race boundaries.

Kyle Rittenberry

Streetlight Manifesto will never cease to amaze me. When I first heard about 99sor, I was kind of dissapointed because I knew it meant no new shit from them for a while. This album is amazing though, theyve taken each of these songs and made them completely there own while still managing to keep the original essence of each song.

Henry Gallenstein

seriously where did streetlight even hear the original in order to cover this?

Jimmy Nias

the sky scraper for oh... what's the song called again?

connor-maoilchiarain

@Allcommentsappreciat It's possible, but it sounds like Mike to me.

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