Buckhorn Tavern, Rice Lake, Wisconsin,1952

Walleye Fingers

I knew this guy once hey.

So I’m 3 drinks in at the Buckhorn Tavern

Got to noticing a picture hung behind the bar 

“Hey, Ole, who’s in this photo?

The young man standing next to Dillinger’s car?”  

 

And my buddy Ole the bartender says, “His name was Walleye Fingers

Had a shop in Crivitz where he sold live bait

Told stories that would blow your mind

He knew everything to know about the Dairy State”

He was...

Walleye... Walleye Fingers

He just missed making all the history books

Walleye... Walleye Fingers

Bonafide legend of the great Northwoods

 

He carved a Log for his friend Les Paul

And he did a little sketching for Frank Lloyd Wright 

Brokered a trade for a young Brett Favre

And he taught Hank Aaron ‘bout gemutlichkeit    

He was...

Walleye... Walleye Fingers

He just missed making all the history books

Walleye... Walleye Fingers

Bonafide legend of the great Northwoods

        

Now, you might find it difficult believing

I asked him one time if it all was true

He said, “I swear on the mustachioed reliever

My brother Rollie wouldn’t let me lie to you”     

 

He was a lifelong confidant of Liberace

Showed Suzy Favor how to lengthen her stride

The inspiration for Arthur Fonzarelli

And he gave Bob Uecker “Just a bit outside!”

He was...

Walleye... Walleye Fingers

He just missed making all the history books

Walleye... Walleye Fingers

Bonafide legend of the great Northwoods

 

Walleye... Walleye Fingers

You’re not gonna find him in the history books

Walleye... Walleye Fingers

Bonafide legend of the great Northwoods

He was a bonafide legend of the great Northwoods

 

 

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