The Boy With The Hammer In The Paper Bag

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"The Boy With The Hammer In The Paper Bag"
The Invisible Man cover
Song by Mark Eitzel from the album The Invisible Man
Released 2001
Format CD
Length 5:53
Label Matador Records
Writer(s) Mark Eitzel
Producer(s) Mark Eitzel
The Invisible Man track listing
  1. "The Boy With The Hammer In The Paper Bag"
  2. "Can You See?"
  3. "Christian Science Reading Room"
  4. "Sleep"
  5. "To The Sea"
  6. "Shine"
  7. "Steve I Always Knew"
  8. "Bitterness"
  9. "Anything"
  10. "Without You"
  11. "The Global Sweep Of Human History"
  12. "Seeing Eye Dog"
  13. "Proclaim Your Joy"

"The Boy With The Hammer In The Paper Bag" is the first song on Mark Eitzel's 7th album, 2001's The Invisible Man.


When the boy with the hammer in the paper bag
stands up to cheer, then you stand up to cheer.
That boy really knows how to accessorize -
it's the best look that we've seen all year.
And he raises his hammer to the magic act who gets all mad
and says, "I should be in Vegas," he says,
"You don't need to know how to breathe fire
to see a hunger for a pain that's endless."
And then the Mill Valley Man starts tap dancing to 'Midnight Cowboy,'
and suddenly there's sirens outside -
but it's only someone's family home burning down next door -
don't worry people - no need to hide
And then the colonel starts playing tambourine -
it was so funny, we were rolling -
We were laughing in the face of the pain of the family next door -
too fucked up to feel anything.

If that's what you want - well, it's nothing.
The boy with the hammer in the paper bag is feeling lonely -
Gee, I wonder why?
He says, "Bring me the head of Alfredo Garcia" -
staring at the stripper-reflecting only sky -
but he was really harmless -
he only used the hammer
to smash the windows of the parked cars on his way home -
that look back at him in accusation and say -
no one's gonna catch you if you fall all alone.
But if that's what you want, it's nothing.


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