Long-Distance Operator

Long-distance operator,

Place this call, it's not for fun.

Long-distance operator,

Please, place this call, you know it's not for fun.

I gotta get a message to my baby,

You know, she's not just anyone.

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There are thousands in the phone booth,

Thousands at the gate.

There are thousands in the phone booth,

Thousands at the gate.

Ev'rybody wants to make a long-distance call

But you know they're just gonna have to wait.

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If a call comes from Louisiana,

Please, let it ride.

If a call comes from Louisiana,

Please, let it ride.

This phone booth's on fire,

It's getting hot inside.

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Ev'rybody wants to be my friend,

But nobody wants to get higher.

Ev'rybody wants to be my friend,

But nobody wants to get higher.

Long-distance operator,

I believe I'm stranglin' on this telephone wire.

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Copyright 1971 Dwarf Music

First release: The Basement Tapes, 1975

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