I went to the fortune teller
To have my fortune read
I didn't know what to tell her
I had a dizzy feeling in my head
Said she'd take a look at my palm
Said "Sonny you feel kind of warm"
She looked into her crystal ball
And said "I see lo--ove".
I said it could not be so,
Not with all the girls I know.
She said when the next one arrives
Take a look into her eyes.
I left there in a hurry
Looking forward to my big surprise
The next thing I discovered
The fortune teller told me lies.
So I ran back to that woman
Mad as I could be
Said I didn't see nobody
Why'd she made a fool out of me?
At last something shook me
As if it came down from above
While looking at the fortune teller
I fell in lo--ove.
Now I'm a happy fella
I'm married to the fortune teller
We're as happy as we can be
- And what's more I get my fortune told for free (spoken).
This song was written by Allen Toussaint under the pseudonym Naomi Neville and first recorded by Benny Spellman in 1962. Several others recorded it, but the most famous version is the one by The Who (on their famous Live at Leeds). My favorite is the one performed by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss in 2007.
This is my contribution to The Three Muses challenge: word art. I left you quoting Benjamim Franklin: “He who asks fortune-tellers the future unwittingly forfeits an inner intimation of coming events that is a thousand times more exact than anything they may say. He is impelled by inertia, rather than curiosity, and nothing is more unlike the submissive apathy with which he hears his fate revealed than the alert dexterity with which the man of courage lays hands on the future.”
Thanks to Crowabout, Tumble Fish and Beth Rimmer.