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The Barry Williams Show

This song is by Peter Gabriel and appears on the album Up (2002).

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...Let's (go)

One man at the window
One girl at the bar
I saw the look of recognition
When they know just who you are

I seen you on the TV
I seen you on that show
You make the people crazy
And then you let them go

Before the show we calm them
We sympathize, we care
And the hostile folk we keep apart
Till the red light says "on air"
Did you see our leather lovers
All tied up to the chair
Did you catch those child molesters
No one else goes there

What a show (the Barry Williams show)
What a show
What a show (the Barry Williams show)
Dysfunctional excess
Is all it took for my success
The greater pain they endure
The more you know the show will score
Showtime

Got the reputation of a surgeon
'Cause they cannot feel the cut
It looks so very simple
But it really is an art
They call our studio "the hospital"
Making money from the sick
We let people be themselves
There is no other trick

"My lover stole my girlfriend"
"Keep beating up my ex"
"I wanna kill my neighbor"
"My daughter's selling sex"
"My S/M lover hurt me"
"My girl became a man"
"I love my daughter's rapist"
"My life's gone down the pan"

What a show (the Barry Williams show)
It's my show
What a show (the Barry Williams show)
Dysfunctional excess
Is all it took for my success
And when the punches start to fly
The ratings always reach so high
Showtime!

That girl has got no scruples
Not a wrinkle on her face
You would not believe the plot she conceived
So they'd let her take my place
Well no man is an island
No man is a sea
But this display of emotion is all but drowning me

What a show
Oh, what a show
On my show (The Barry Williams Show)
It's my show
Dysfunctional excess
It's all it took for my success

The best TV you've ever seen
Where people say the things that they really mean
I hear my name
I hear them roar
For the one more time I take the floor
Just one more Barry Williams show
We're gonna take you where you want to go
Showtime

That's Showtime

Come on down
Come on down
Come on down

Credits

Written by:

Peter Gabriel

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