THE YOUNG NEW MEXICAN PUPPETEER (Leon Carr / Earl Shuman) Tommy Cash - 1972 Tom Jones - 1974 In a town near Albequerqe Lived a most concerned young boy He said lately I have noticed Folks don't live with peace and joy With frowns and worry on their faces They're lost and don't know where to go He said I'll get the people straightened By putting on a puppet show The young New Mexican puppeteer He saw the people all lived in fear He thought that maybe they'd listen to A puppet telling them what to do You know he got some string and he got some wood He did some carving and he was good And folks came running so they could hear The young New Mexican puppeteer First he carved out young Abe Lincoln Abe will teach 'em civil rights Then a king named Martin Luther So they'd recall his peacefull fight Old Mark Twain, his wit and wisdom Will surely show them life is fun But he smiled with satisfaction When the prince of peace was done The young New Mexican puppeteer He saw the people all lived in fear He thought that maybe they'd listen to A puppet telling them what to do You know he got some string and he got some wood He did some carving and he was good And folks came running so they could hear The young New Mexican puppeteer Now his puppet shows were clever And he made the people laugh When he got across the message To walk along lifes open path They built him his own puppet theatre Decked out with spotlights yellow and red And then they wrote him up in all the papers And this is what the story said It said... The young New Mexican puppeteer He saw the people all lived in fear He thought that maybe they would listen to A puppet telling them what to do You know he got some string and he got some wood He did some carving and he was good And folks came running so they could hear The young New Mexican puppeteer (Contributed by EUROPEAN OLDIES LYRICS - April 2005)