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Rank this week: 38 (↑1)
Duration: 3:55 
Release Date: 1973  (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Lyrics By: Steve Goodman (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Music By: Steve Goodman (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Produced By: Arif Mardin (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Released By: Buddah (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Published By: Jurisdad Music (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Licensing: ASCAP  #420181413 (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Keywords: CARS, CHICAGO, CITY LIFE, PIRATES, TOWING 
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Facts:
  • There's also a live version of this song. The info and lyrics are from the album version. (Stavro Arrgolus)
  • Originally from the 1973 LP 'Somebody Else's Troubles' (Stavro Arrgolus)
  • Song Lyrics:
    In Chicago, where I live, there's a...there's an outfit that'd tow almost anything off the street. They deal mostly with automobiles and we call them the Lincoln Park Pirates...

    The streetlamps are on in Chicago tonight
    And lovers a'gazin' at stars
    The stores are all closin', and Daley is dozin'
    And the fat man is counting the cars
    And there's more cars than places to put 'em, he said
    But I've got room for them all
    So 'round 'em up boys, 'cause I want some more toys
    In the lot by the grocery store

    To me, way, hey, tow them away
    The Lincoln Park Pirates are we
    From Wilmette to Gary, there's nothin' so hairy
    And we always collect our fee!
    So it's way, hey, tow 'em away
    We plunder the streets of your town
    Be it Edsel or Chevy, there's no car too heavy
    And no one can make us shut down

    We break into cars when we gotta
    With pickaxe and hammer and saw
    And they said this garage had no license
    But little care I for the law!
    All my drivers are friendly and courteous
    Their good manners you always will get
    'Cause they all are recent graduates
    Of the charm school in Joliet

    To me, way, hey, tow them away
    The Lincoln Park Pirates are we
    From Wilmette to Gary, there's nothin' so hairy
    And we always collect our fee!
    To me, way, hey, tow 'em away
    We plunder the streets of your town
    Be it Edsel or Chevy, there's no car too heavy
    And no one can make us shut down

    And when all the cars are collected
    And all of their fenders are ruined
    Then I'll tow every boat in Belmont Harbor
    To the Lincoln Park Lagoon
    And when I've collected the ransom
    And sunk all the ones that won't yield
    I'll tow all the planes that are blocking the runways
    At Midway, O'Hare, and Meigs Field

    To me, way, hey, tow them away
    The Lincoln Park Pirates are we
    From Wilmette to Gary, there's nothin' so hairy
    We always collect our fee!
    To me, way, hey, tow 'em away
    Now citizens, gather around
    And I think it's enough, and let's call his bluff
    Let's tow the bum out of town!
    (Stavro Arrgolus)
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