Tom T. Hall Shoeshine Man

Well I met a man in Montgomery Alabama

I was waitin’ on a bus and he was shinin’ shoes and I heard him say

I’m a shoeshine man number one in the land

A shoeshine man make you shine where you stand

Leave me a tip if you can I’m a shoeshine man

Well I can sing I can dance I can play the harmonica too

I got a brand new thing on the South Side Montgomery Blues

You better stick around and watch me cause I’m an entertainin’ fool

I’m a shoeshine man number one in the land…

Well I learned my trade from that rag-poppin’ daddy o’mine

He shined twelve alligators made a hundred dollar bill one time

And when the meat gets scarce I shine two or three pairs for a dime

I’m a shoeshine man number one in the land…

I had a girl that helped me she had a lotta hoochy coochy ways

She was bumping and grinding paid that girl a dollar a day

But she was shy on age and the law come and took her away

I’m a shoeshine man number one in the land…