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Rita di Ghent, Composer, Vocalist, Bass Player: Discography

Flim Flam Man

(Rita di Ghent)
Rita di Ghent

 

This song is about the predators who scope out the Eaton’s Centre and the Bus Terminal, and indeed, shopping malls and bus terminals all across Canada, for wayward teenage girls to exploit.  The song was inspired by Nina Simone’s performance of “Sinner Man”.

Flim Flam Man

©2002 Rita di Ghent

On homeless, vulnerable girls who come from small towns to the Big Smoke:

 

Welcome wagon waits for buses to get in

Carrying cargo city-bound

To whistle stop and jerkwater town

Low-level hustler man with the gift of gab and a gimlet eye can

See crooked through you to your vulnerability

He’s the master of the 2-hour broken window of opportunity

 

Gets his hustle on scamming dusk til dawn

Goddamn the flim flam man

Always got a scam for babies in a jam

Whim wham sham, goddam!  Goddam the flim flam man

 

He sifts through humanity dumped in urbanity

Broken bodies and busted minds

Promises the good life and high times

Honey drips from his sweet lips 

Self-esteem manipulates, berates you,  asks you how you got so beautiful

 

Gets his hustle on scamming dusk til dawn

Goddamn the flim flam man

Always got a scam for babies in a jam

Whim wham sham, goddam!  Goddam the flim flam man

 

Ching ching shingaling ching make his pockets ring

Sing Papa’s little slot machine

He says “better get on the stroll, make my quota with your jelly roll,

Make papa love you more. Come on, baby, you know I’ll love you more.”

 

Bend your mind, crush your soul to dust

Break your dreams, treat you with disgust

Make you believe he’s your only hope

Hanging you with dope tightening the rope

 

Gets his hustle on scamming dusk til dawn

Goddamn the flim flam man

Always got a scam for babies in a jam

Whim wham sham, goddam!  Goddam the flim flam man

 

I know a baby had a baby who couldn’t feed her baby

So to make coin, she sold her soul like tenderloin

On the stroll

 

Goddam him, goddam the flim flam man…

 

 

 

Rita di Ghent (from the album “Sprawl Indigo”, cdbaby.com)

To listen, go to myspace.com/ritadighent