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Cuttin' Man

by

Mark Tiedeman of Quilter's Paradise


Having worked in a quilt shop for some time, I have noticed that there are some similarities to working in a bar. And, of course, being the rare guy who works in a quilt shop gives me, I believe, a unique perspective. In any case, the radio was playing the song Piano Man by Billy Joel the other day and it struck me that with changes to the words here and there, you could have a song set in a quilt shop. I haven't seen a piano in a quilt shop, but a common sight is the cutting table and one of my key roles is to cut fabric ... hence, the song title is Cuttin' Man.

Please note that in the song, the word "fabric" is spelled "faberic" as the extra syllable gives it the proper lyrical cadence and sound. Also, a few women's first names are used in the lyrics and no resemblence to actual persons is intended.

  It's two o'clock on a Saturday
The regular crowd's at the racks
There's a shopper who's adding some bolts she's so happy
Makin' love to her colorful stack

She says, "Son, can you cut me this faberic?
I'm not really sure what I need
But I can't live without and I just can't run out
So I'll take it all, if you please."

La la la, di da da
La la, di di da, da dum

Chorus:
Cut us a yard, you're the cuttin' man
Cut us a yard so wide
Well, we're all in the mood for some faberic
And you've got us feelin' all right

Now Jill standin' there is a friend of mine
She gets all her faberic here
And she's quick with her eyes and delights in surprise
'Cause there's no place that she'd rather be

She says, "Mark, I believe this is killing me"
But I knew it's untrue from her face
"Well I'm sure that I could be a millionaire
If I could get out of this place."

Oh, la la la, di da da
La la, di di da, da dum

Now Lynn is a quilter since seventeen
Who's quilting from morning 'til night
And she's talkin' with Stacy who's still a bit crazy
And probably will be for life

And a teacher is teaching her methods
As the students take it all in
Yes, they're sharing some time called togetherness
And learning and making new friends

Chorus:
Cut us a yard, you're the cuttin' man
Cut us a yard so wide
Well, we're all in the mood for some faberic
And you've got us feelin' all right

It's a pretty good crowd for a Saturday
And the manager gives me a smile
'Cause she knows that it's me they've been comin' to see
To refill their stash for a while

And the cutter, it whirs like a racing car
In a blur flying front to the rear
And they stand by my side with their mouths grinning wide
And say, "Man what are you doin' here?"

Oh, la la la, di da da
La la, di di da, da dum

Chorus:
Cut us a yard, you're the cuttin' man
Cut us a yard so wide
Well, we're all in the mood for some faberic
And you've got us feelin' all right
 

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