Category: TOM WAITS

Old Shoes (And Picture Postcards) – Tom Waits

I’ve been putting it off for a while, But it’s harder by now, ’cause the truth is so clear That I cry when I’m seeing you smile. So goodbye, so long, the road calls me dear And your tears cannot bind me anymore, And farewell to the girl with the sun in her eyes Can […]

Lucky Day Overture – Tom Waits

Harry’s Harbour Bizarre is proud to present Under the Big Top tonight Human Oddities That’s right You’ll see the Three Headed Baby You’ll see Hitler’s brain See Lea Graff the German midget who sat in J. F. Morgan’s lap You’ll see Priscilla Bajano The monkey woman Jo Jo the dog face boy I’m Milton Malone, […]

Downtown Train – Tom Waits

Has punched a hole in the nighttime, yes I climb through the window and down to the street I’m shining like a new dime The downtown trains are full with all of those Brooklyn girls They try so hard to break out of their little worlds Well you wave your hand and they scatter like […]

Wrong Side Of The Road – Tom Waits

when the wolf bains blooming by the tressel and get the eyeball of a rooster and the stones from a ditch and wash em down with bilge water and you say you’ll never snitch take the buttons from a yellow jacket the feafrom a buzzard and thr blood from a bounty hunters cold black heart […]

Emotional Weather Report – Tom Waits

with a chance of fog chance of showers into the afternoon with variable high cloudiness and gusty winds, gusty winds at times around the corner of Sunset and Alvorado things are tough all over when the thunder storms start increasing over the southeast and south central portions of my apartment, I get upset and a […]

Invitation To The Blues – Tom Waits

with an apron and a spatula with yesterday’s deliveries, and the tickets for the bachelors she’s a moving violation from her conk down to her shoes but it’s just an invitation to the blues and you feel just like Cagney looks like Rita Hayworth at the counter of the Schwab’s drug store you wonder if […]

I Hope That I Don’t Fall In Love With You – Tom Waits

‘Cause falling in love just makes me blue, Well the music plays and you display your heart for me to see, I had a beer and now I hear you calling out for me And I hope that I don’t fall in love with you. Well the room is crowded, people everywhere And I wonder, […]

Strange Weather – Tom Waits

London Bridge is falling down. Strange a woman tries to save What a man will try to drown. And he’s the rain that they predicted, Its the forecast every time. The rose has died because you picked it And I believe that brandy’s mine. And all over the world Strangers Talk only about the weather. […]

Such A Scream – Tom Waits

Well pale face said To the eyeball Kid She just goes clank and boom and steam A halo, wings, horns and a tail Shoveling coal inside my dreams There are no laws She’s made of cream She’s such a scream Qui bon tres bien, nails in cement A Donnie gal from mortal clay The plow […]

On The Other Side Of The World – Tom Waits

and a string of pearls with one good eye in a rainy town the chimney smoke will curl no one likes clowns on the other side of the world and the children know she’ll never let me go. there’s a one legged priest that tangos with the farmers wife Beauty and the beast is taking […]

Semi Suite – Tom Waits

And those Friday nights out bowlin’ When he’s off for a twelve hour lay over night You wish you had a dollar For every time he hollered That he’s leavin’ And he’s never comin’ back But the curtain-laced billow And his hands on your pillow And his trousers are hangin’ on the chair You’re lyin’ […]

In The Neighborhood – Tom Waits

round the fryin’ pan and the whinin’ dog pidgeons by the steeple bell rope and the dogs tipped the garbage pails over last night and there’s always construction work bothering you In the neighborhood In the neighborhood In the neighborhood Friday’s a funeral and Saturday’s a bride Sey’s got a pistol on the register side […]

9th & Hennepin – Tom Waits

All the doughnuts have names that sound like prostitutes And the moon’s teeth marks are on the sky Like a tarp thrown all over this And the broken umbrellas like dead birds And the steam comes out of the grill Like the whole goddamn town’s ready to blow… And the bricks are all scarred with […]

Depot, Depot – Tom Waits

Depot, depot, what am I doing here? I ain’t coming, I ain’t going My confusion is showing Outside the midnight wind is blowing Sixth Avenue I’m gonna paint myself blue At the depot I watch the taxis pull up and idle I can’t claim title to a single memory He offered me a key ‘Cause […]

(Looking For) The Heart Of Saturday Night – Tom Waits

Behind the wheel With your arm around your sweet one In your Oldsmobile Barrelin’ down the boulevard You’re looking for the heart of Saturday night And you got paid on Friday And your pockets are jinglin’ And you see the lights You get all tinglin’ cause you’re cruisin’ with a 6 And you’re looking for […]

I Don’t Wanna Grow Up – Tom Waits

I don’t wanna grow up Nothin’ ever seems to turn out right I don’t wanna grow up How do you move in a world of fog That’s always changing things Makes me wish that I could be a dog When I see the price that you pay I don’t wanna grow up I don’t ever […]

I’ll Shoot The Moon – Tom Waits

Right out of the sky For you baby I’ll be the pennies On your eyes For you baby I want to take you Out to the fair Here’s a red rose Ribbon for your hair I’ll shoot the moon Right out of the sky For you baby I’ll shoot the moon For you A vulture […]

The Briar And The Rose – Tom Waits

And there I had the strangest dream And down by Brennan’s Glenn there grows A briar and a rose There’s a tree in the forest But I don’t know where I built a nest out of your hair And climbing up into the air A briar and a rose I don’t know how long it […]

Foreign Affair – Tom Waits

it’s my belief one must attempt to be discreet and subsequently bear in mind your transient position allows you a perspective that’s unique though you’ll find your itinerary’s a blessing and a curse your wanderlust won’t let you settle down and you’ll wonder how you ever fathomed that you’d be content to stay within the […]

Black Wings – Tom Waits

Take an eye for an eye Take a tooth for a tooth Just like they say in the Bible Never leave a trace or forget a face Of any man at the table When the moon is a cold chiseled dagger Sharp enough to draw blood from a stone He rides through your dreams on […]

The Black Rider – Tom Waits

We’ll have a gay old time Lay down in the web of the black spider I’ll drink your blood like wine So come on in It ain’t no sin Take off your skin And dance around your bones So come along with the Black Rider We’ll have a gay old time Anchors away with the […]

Cold Cold Ground – Tom Waits

never slept with a dream before he had to go away there’s a bell in the tower Uncle Ray bought a round don’t worry about the army in the cold cold ground now don’t be a cry baby when there’s wood in the shed there’s a bird in the chimmney and a stone in my […]

Putnam County – Tom Waits

around Putnam County kind of shy and sleepy as it clung to the skirts of the 2-lane, that was stretched out like an asphalt dance floor where all the oldtimers would hunker down in bib jeans and store bought boots lyin’ about their lives and the places that they’d been suckin’ on Coca Colas and […]

Old Boyfriends – Tom Waits

Lost in the pocket of your overcoat, Like burned out lite bulbs on a Ferris Wheel. Old Boy friends, You remember the kinds of cars they drove, Parking in an orange grove. He fell in love you see, With someone that I used to be. Tho I very seldom think of him, Nevertheless sometimes a […]

Step Right Up – Tom Waits

step right up step right up Everyone’s a winner, bargains galore That’s right, you too can be the proud owner Of the quality goes in before the name goes on One-tenth of a dollar one-tenth of a dollar we got service after sales You need perfume? we got perfume how ’bout an engagement ring? Something […]

Rockin’ Chair – Tom Waits

Running my fingers right through my hair Fire is flicken with a yellow and gold Makin me quiver in the snowy cold Got a lazy old woman Screaming bout my money She took every cent And she didn’t leave me any Times were never so good, got a fly for food Got no woman to […]

Old Shoes – Tom Waits

I’ve been putting it off for a while, Cause it’s harder by now, and the truth is so clear That I am crying when I’m seeing you smile. So goodbye, so long, the road calls me dear And your tears cannot bind me anymore, And farewell to the girl with the sun in her eyes […]

The Wages Of Love – Tom Waits

All the sages said don’t spend your wages on Love Graft and collusion _____ the intrusion and proceeding foreclosures there’s overexposures down at the crossroads the question is posed bridge is washed out and the highway’s closed ___ ___ ___ reason firmly believe love was designed to exploit and deceive There’s a _____ Wherever you […]

So Long I’ll See Ya – Tom Waits

And nobody knows what’s going on But I’ve got those so long I’ll see you cause my Buick’s outside waiting blues Well one for the money, two for the show Three to get ready, Tom’s gotta go He’s got them so long I’ll see you cause my Buick’s outside waiting blues Well bye-bye-bye, well bye-bye-bye […]

Potter’s Field – Tom Waits

and i’ll give you a bargain from the edge of a maniac’s dream that buys a black widow spider with a riddle in his yarn that’s clinging to the furrow of a blindman’s brow i’ll start talking from the brim of a thimble full of whiskey on a train through the bronx that will take […]

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