Who Sang The Dry Cleaner From Des Moines? Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell Mingus cover art
publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
writers: Charles Mingus, Joni Mitchell
release date: 1979-6
genres: Jazz Rock Folk, World, & Country
styles: Jazz-Rock/Pop Rock/Contemporary Jazz/Soft Rock
length: 3:23
mixer: Joni Mitchell, Henry Lewy and Steve Katz
recording engineer: Henry Lewy and Steve Katz
horn arranger: Jaco Pastorius
I'm down to a roll of dimes
I'm stalking the slot that's hot
I keep hearing bells all around me
Jingling in the lucky jackpots
They keep you tantalized
They keep you reaching for your wallet
Here in fools' paradise!

I talked to a cat from Des Moines
He said he ran a cleaning plant
That cat was clanking with coin
Well, he must have had a genie in a lamp
'Cause every time, I dropped a dime, I blew it
He kept ringing bells
Nothing to it!

He got three oranges
Three lemons
Three cherries
Three plums
I'm losing my taste for fruit
Watching the dry cleaner do it
Like Midas in a polyester suit
It's all luck!
It's just luck!
You get a little lucky and you make a little money!

I followed him down the strip
He picked out a booth at Circus Circus
Where the cowgirls fill the room
With their big balloons
The Cleaner was pitching with purpose!
He had Dinos and Pooh Bears
And lions, pink and blue there
He couldn't lose there!

Des Moines was stacking the chips
Raking off the tables
Ringing the bandit's bells
This is a story that's a drag to tell
(In some ways)
Since I lost every dime
I laid on the line
But the cleaner from Des Moines
Could put a coin
In the door of a John
And get twenty for one
It's just luck!

12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Happy Birthday 1975 (Rap)
  • 2 God Must Be a Boogie Man
  • 3 Funeral (Rap)
  • 4 A Chair in the Sky
  • 5 The Wolf That Lives in Lindsey
  • 6 I's a Muggin' (Rap)
  • 7 Sweet Sucker Dance
  • 8 Coin in the Pocket (Rap)
  • 9 The Dry Cleaner From Des Moines
  • 10 Lucky (Rap)
  • 11 Goodbye Pork Pie Hat

  • Album Information
    label: Asylum Records
    country(area): United States
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin