Pinball Wizard

A long, long story is needed to tell you about this one. Maybe someday… I’ve been singing it this way for over 20 years. It was recorded with the Loose Acoustic Trio for our “Sorrow Be Gone” CD. I wonder if Pete Townsend will ever hear it…

Ever since I was a young boy, I played the silver ball
From Soho down to Brighton I must have played them all
But I ain’t seen nothin like him in any amusement hall
That deaf, dumb and blind kid sure plays a mean pinball

He stands like a statue, becomes part of the machine
Feeling all the bumpers, always playing clean
He plays by intuition, the digit counters fall
That deaf, dumb and blind kid sure plays a mean pinball

He’s a pinball wizard
There has to be a twist
A pinball wizard’s got such a supple wrist

How do you think he does it? I don’t know
What makes him so good?

He ain’t got no distractions, can’t hear no buzzers or bells
Sees no lights a-flashin’, plays by sense of smell
Always gets a replay ‘n’ never tilts at all
That deaf, dumb and blind kid sure plays a mean pinball

I thought I was
The Bally table king
But I just handed my pinball crown to him

Even on my usual table he can beat my best
His disciples lead him in and he just does the rest
He’s got crazy flipper fingers, never seen him fall
That deaf, dumb and blind kid sure plays a mean pinball