"Some people call me the space cowboy.
Yeah! Some call me the gangster
Some people call me Maurice
Cause I speak of the Pompatus
Steve Miller's "The Joker" borrowed a word from an obscure 1954 R&B hit by
the Medallions' vocalist Vernon Green. "You have to remember, I was a
very lonely guy at the time. I was only 14
years old, I had just run away from home, and I walked with crutches."
Scraping by singing songs on the streets of Watts, he composed "The
Letter", which included the word "puppetutes" (alternately spelled
"pulpitudes") meaning: "a secret paper-doll fantasy figure
who would be my everything and bear my children...."