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Have you read any good telephone books lately
If you ain't then let me recommend one
I've already read that Tulsa telephone book through thirteen times
If you don't know any last names it ain't much fun
Well I was in Tulsa and didn't have anything going
And she was in Tulsa and didn't have anything on
She said my name is Shirley and I said my name is Dave
I woke up the next morning and she was gone
Readin' that Tulsa telephone book will drive a man insane
Especially if that girl you're looking for has no last name
I got to find her and tell her I don't want our love to end
So I'm readin' that Tulsa telephone book again
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All of the Tulsa operators know my voice now
They must know how long I've been alone
If you see a girl named Shirley with some ribbons in her hair
Tell her that she's wanted on the phone
Readin' that Tulsa telephone book...
I keep on readin' that Tulsa telephone book again
I'm readin' that Tulsa telephone book again

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