The Young New Mexican Puppeteer

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"The Young New Mexican Puppeteer"
Single by Tom Jones
from the album Close Up
B-side "All That I Need Is Some Time"
Released March 1972
Label Decca
Songwriter(s) Earl Shuman and Leon Carr
Producer(s) Gordon Mills
Tom Jones UK singles chronology
"Till"
(1971)
"The Young New Mexican Puppeteer"
(1972)
"Letter to Lucille"
(1973)

"Till"
(1971)
"The Young New Mexican Puppeteer"
(1972)
"Letter to Lucille"
(1973)

"The Young New Mexican Puppeteer" (1972) is a single by Tom Jones that tells the story of a puppeteer from New Mexico, who uses puppets to encourage social and political change. The song is written by Earl Shuman and Leon Carr, the melody of the song's chorus is adapted from the score of the 1940 Disney film Pinocchio.

The guitarist is Big Jim Sullivan.

It reached #6 on the UK Singles Chart and was a minor hit in the US, peaking at #80 on the Billboard Hot 100 in May 1972.