who ( The ) - PINBALL WIZARD

First performance: 17/01/1990


Coverinfo

Bruce performed the song only once with a Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame all-star jam
 
Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame all-star jam. Bruce shares lead vocals on "Long Tall Sally" with John Fogerty, and plays guitar and sings backing vocals on the rest of the songs. Inducted into the Hall Of Fame are Hank Ballard, Bobby Darin, The Four Seasons, Four Tops, The Kinks, The Platters, Simon & Garfunkel, and The Who. 
 
 
Pro-shot video available. Audio of "Substitute", "Won't Get Fooled Again", "Pinball Wizard", and "Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite" was officially released in 2011 on the compilation album Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Vol. 1: 1986-1991 (Live), and video of "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)", Substitute", "Won't Get Fooled Again", and "Pinball Wizard" is available on the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Live DVD. 
 
 
 

Songinfo

Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist

Lyrics

Ever since i was a young boy,
i've played the silver ball.
from soho down to brighton
i must have played them all.
but i ain't seen nothing like him
in any amusement hall...
that deaf dumb and blind kid
sure plays a mean pin ball!
He stands like a statue,
becomes part of the machine.
feeling all the bumpers
always playing clean.
he plays by intuition,
the digit counters fall.
that deaf dumb and blind kid
sure plays a mean pin ball!
He's a pin ball wizard
there has got to be a twist.
a pin ball wizard,
s'got such a supple wrist.
'how do you think he does it? i don't know!
what makes him so good?'
He ain't got no distractions
can't hear those buzzers and bells,
don't see lights a flashin'
plays by sense of smell.
always has a replay,
'n' never tilts at all...
that deaf dumb and blind kid
sure plays a mean pin ball.
I thought i was
the bally table king.
but i just handed
my pin ball crown to him.
Even my usual table
he can beat my best.
his disciples lead him in
and he just does the rest.
he's got crazy flipper fingers
never seen him fall...
that deaf dumb and blind kind
sure plays a mean pin ball