The Alphonse Mambo


The Coroner's Gambit




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The Alphonse Mambo is the 15th song on the album The Coroner's Gambit.


I could almost hear the rhythm section
Kick in as the sun began to blaze
I saw you walk across the plaza
Figured I'd just play it like it lays
Yeah yeah yeah

I think I'm gonna be real sick again
I think it's gonna happen real soon
And I know I can't afford another night here in this place
With its sixteenth floor view of the ocean and the dunes
And it's gonna be just you and me today
Waiting for the other shoe to drop in Tampa Bay

I could hear the roar of the crowd
In the stadium a couple blocks away
It's the kind of thing that used to get me all worked up
But I don't want to talk about it now okay okay

I just want to get this whole thing over with
I don't want to deal with it anymore
I hear the cogs all slipping at the same time
And then I see you walk in through the door
And it's gonna be just you and me today
Waiting for the other shoe to drop in Tampa Bay

Comments by John Darnielle About this SongEdit

  • "It's a song about when you're in a hotel in Southern Florida.... and there's some big college game going on down the street, or maybe it's the Bucs, who knows, uh, and, uh, and everything that you were sort of planning on being the single constant in your life is shortly about to fizzle in spectacular fashion, and so you turn to the person who is not actually there but who you're picturing because you're ranting by yourself alone in this high room, and you say everything you mean to say, but then they never show." -- 2002-03-07 - Independent Media Center - Urbana, IL
  • "This is a song about, uh, one person fixing to come into contact with another person, and that's where they begin to encounter problems." -- 2002-03-08 - The Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL

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