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Tattoo, tattoo
I got elvis on my elbow
And when I flex elvis talks
I got hula girls on the back of my leg
And she hulas when I walk

Speak in cherry red
Screaming electric green
Purple mountain's majesty really talk to me
Talk to me babe

Swap-meet sally
Tramp-stamp cat
Mousewife to momshell in the time it took to get that new tattoo
Tattoo-tattoo

(Tattoo, tattoo)
Show me your dragon magic
(Tattoo, tattoo)
So autobiographic!

Best believe that need will hurt you
Best deceive these true colors that follow one of your false virtues

Here's a secret to make you think
Why is the crazy stuff we never said poetry in ink
Speak in day-glow red
Explodo paint
Purple mountain's majesty show me you, I'll show you me

Swap-meet sally
Trampstamp cat
Mousewife to momshell in the time it took to get that new tattoo,
Tattoo-tattoo

Woo!
(Tattoo, tattoo)
Sexy dragon magic
(Tattoo, tattoo)
So very autobiographic!
(Tattoo, tattoo)
Got a hold on me
(Tattoo, tattoo)
You put a spell on meee!

Uncle danny had a coal tattoo
He fought for the unions
Some of us still do
On my shoulder is a number of the chapter he was in
That number is forever like the struggle here to win

Everybody!
Swap-meet sally
Trampstamp cat
Mousewife to momshell in the time it took to get that new tattoo,
Tattoo-tattoo
Tattoo
Ta-too!

(Tattoo, tattoo)
Sexy dragon magic
(Tattoo, tattoo)
So very autobiographic!
(Tattoo, tattoo)
You got a hold on me
(Tattoo, tattoo)
You put a spell on me
(Tattoo, tattoo)
I'm in love with you
(Tattoo, tattoo)
Show me, show me your
(Tattoo, tattoo)
Look at me, look at you!
(Tattoo, tattoo)
Whoa!



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    UnregisteredFeb 25, 2012 at 12:31 pm
    Tattoo, tattoo
    i got elvis on my elbow
    and when i flex elvis talks
    i got hula girls on the back of my leg
    and she hulas when i walk

    Speak in cherry red
    screaming electric green
    purple mountain's majesty really talk to me
    talk to me babe

    Swap-meet sally
    tramp-stamp at
    mousewife to momshell in the time it took to get that new tattoo
    tattoo-tattoo

    (tattoo, tattoo)
    show me your dragon magic
    (tattoo, tattoo)
    so autobiographic!

    Best believe that need will hurt you
    best deceive these true colors that follow one of your false virtues

    Here's a secret to make you think
    why is the crazy stuff we never said poetry in ink
    speak in day-glow red
    explodo paint
    purple mountain's majesty
    show me you, i'll show you me

    Swap-meet sally
    trampstamp tat
    mousewife to momshell in the time it took to get that new tattoo,
    tattoo-tattoo

    Woo! (tattoo, tattoo)
    sexy dragon magic
    (tattoo, tattoo)
    so very autobiographic! (tattoo, tattoo)
    got a hold on me
    (tattoo, tattoo)
    you put a spell on meee!

    Uncle danny had a coal tattoo
    he fought for the unions
    some of us still do
    on my shoulder is a number of the chapter he was in
    that number is forever like the struggle here to win

    Everybody! Swap-meet sally
    trampstamp tat
    mousewife to momshell in the time it took to get that new tattoo,
    tattoo-tattoo
    tattoo
    ta-too!

    (tattoo, tattoo)
    sexy dragon magic
    (tattoo, tattoo)
    so very autobiographic! (tattoo, tattoo)
    you got a hold on me
    (tattoo, tattoo)
    you put a spell on me
    (tattoo, tattoo)
    i'm in love with you
    (tattoo, tattoo)
    show me, show me your
    (tattoo, tattoo)
    look at me, look at you! (tattoo, tattoo)
    whoa!
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    UnregisteredJan 21, 2012 at 8:56 am
    Tattoo, tattoo
    I got elvis
    On my elbow
    And when i flex
    Elvis talks
    I got hula girls
    On the back of my leg
    And she hulas
    When i walk

    Speak in cherry red
    Screaming electric green
    Purple mountain's majesty
    Really talk to me
    Talk to me babe

    Swap-meet sally
    Tramp stamp tat
    Mousewife to momshell in the time it took to get that new tattoo
    Tattoo tattoo

    (tattoo, tattoo)
    Show me your dragon magic
    (tattoo, tattoo)
    So autobiographic

    Best believe that need will hurt you
    Best deceive these true colors that follow one of your false virtues

    Here's a secret
    To make you think
    Why is the crazy stuff
    We never said poetry in ink
    Speak in cherry red
    Explodo paint
    Purple mountain's majesty
    Show me you, i'll show you me

    Swap meet sally
    Tramp stamp tat
    Mousewife to momshell in the time it took to get that new tattoo,
    Tattoo tattoo

    Woo!
    (tattoo, tattoo)
    Sexy dragon magic
    (tattoo, tattoo)
    So very autobiographic
    (tattoo, tattoo)
    Got a hold on me
    (tattoo, tattoo)
    You put a spell on me

    Uncle danny had a coal tattoo
    He fought for the unions
    Some of us still do
    On my shoulder is a number
    Of the chapter he was in
    That number is forever like
    The struggle here to win

    Everybody
    Swap meet sally
    Tramp stamp tat
    Mousewife to momshell in the time it took to get that new tattoo,
    Tattoo tattoo
    Tattoo
    Tattoo

    (tattoo, tattoo)
    Sexy dragon magic
    (tattoo, tattoo)
    So very autobiographic
    (tattoo, tattoo)
    You got a hold on me
    (tattoo, tattoo)
    You put a spell on me
    (tattoo, tattoo)
    I'm in love with you
    (tattoo,tattoo)
    Show me, show me your
    (tattoo, tattoo)
    Look at me, look at you!
    (tattoo, tattoo)
    Whoa
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    lyricmode12Jan 13, 2012 at 7:43 am
    "purple mountain's majesty" is a crayola color, introduced in 1993, that was named after an "america the beautiful" lyric.

    Roth sings both "tramp stamp cat" and "tramp stamp tat. "
    Roth sings "mousewife to momshell" over a vocal track of "housewife to bombshell. "

    "sexy dragon magic / so very autobiographic" implies that some tattoos are not personal but superficial.
    The phrasing of "autobiographic" suggests the words 'ought to buy a graphic' , followed by the spoken verse "best believe that need'll hurt you. " "need'll" suggests both the words need will and needle.

    "coal tattoo" is a permanent mark from coal embers burning and embedding in skin, an injury gotten from shoveling coal into a furnace.
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    UnregisteredJan 13, 2012 at 4:44 am
    I think its fairly clever. Talking about how silly tattoos end up being in later years. You usually get a tattoo of something you think is awesome at the moment and years later it looks ridiculous. I don't think van halen songs were ever meant to change the world, btw.

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