Shoulder Holster
Words:Bernard Taupin
Music:Elton John
Performed By:  Elton John
Copyright:© 1976 Big Pig Music Limited
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Now it was just like Frankie and Johnny.
And it was just like Stagger Lee.
Dolly Summers was a simple girl  - from a mid-west family.
With a stucco home and her own Mustang and a charge account at Sears.
She had everything that a girl could want -
     to live happy for the rest of her years.

But the thing that she wanted most of all -
     was the thing that she had lost.
To the arms of a downtown black jack hustler by the name of Candyfloss.
They'd skipped town on a late night train heading for the West.
Dolly slipped behind the wheel of her Mustang -
     with a piece between her breast.

She put a pistol in her shoulder holster. 
She took her car up from Santa Fe.
Yesterday morning she was washing dishes,
     now she's hunting down a runaway.
Don't judge a man by a misdemeanor.
You may be sorry when his light goes out.
Don't put that pistol in your shoulder holster.
Oh, you can never, never tell if The Law's about.

If it seemed just like a movie  -  or a night of bad TV,
   Shouldda had a picture of Dolly's face as she drove across country
With daggers drawn for her fallen man and venom in her heart.
It was nearly dawn when she caught them up making out in a picnic park.

But the thing that shook her rigid - as she fumbled for her gun.
Was the state of the man that she'd married once 
     and thought of as the only one.
And as she looked back on the chances that she'd passed up at home -
Well she quietly dumped her pistol in a ditch & she headed home alone.

She put a pistol in her shoulder holster. 
She took her car up from Santa Fe.
Yesterday morning she was washing dishes,
     now she's hunting down a runaway.
Don't judge a man by a misdemeanor.
You may be sorry when his light goes out.
Don't put that pistol in your shoulder holster.
Oh, you can never, never tell if The Law's about.

You can never, never tell if the law's about.

(Repeat, Fade)
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