Tom Waits

A Sweet Little Bullet From A Pretty Blue – Tom Waits

Gun
it’s raining it’s pouring
and you didn’t bring a sweater
nebraska will never let you come back home
and on hollywood and wine
by the thrifty mart sign
any night i’ll be willin to bet
there’s a young girl
with sweet little wishes
and pretty blue dreams
standin there and gettin all wet

now there’s a place off the drag
called the gilbert hotel
there’s a couple letters burned out in the sign
and it’s better than a bus stop
and they do good buisness
every time it rains
for sweet little girls
with nothing in their jeans
but sweet little wishes
and pretty blue jeans

now it’s raining it’s pouring
the old mam is snoring
now i lay me down to sleep
i hear the sirens in the street
all the dreams are made of chrome
i have no way to get back home
i’d rather die before i wake
like marilyn monroe
and throw my jeans out in
the street and the rain will make ’em grow

now the night clerk he got a club foot
and he’s heard every hard luck story
at least a hundred times or more
he says check out time is 10 am
and that’s just what he means
and you go up the stairs
with sweet little wishes
and pretty blue dreams

now it’s raining it’s pouring
and hollywods just fine
swindle a little out of her dreams
put a letter in the sign
never trust a scarecrow
wearin’ shades after dark
be careful of that old bow tie he wears
it takes a sweet little bullet
from a pretty blu gun
to put those scarlet ribbons in your hair
no that ain’t no cherry bomb
4th of july’s all done
just some fool playin’ that second line
from the barrel of a pretty blue gun

no that ain’t no cherry bomb
4th of july’s all done
just some fool playin’ that second line
from the barrel of a pretty blue gun

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A Sight For Sore Eyes – Tom Waits

hey sight for sore eyes it’s a long time no see
workin hard hardly workin hey man you know me
water under the bridge didya see my new car
well it’s bought and it’s payed for parked outside of the bar
and hey barkeeper what’s keepin you keep pourin drinks
for all these palookas hey you know what i thinks
that we toast to the old days and dimagio too
and old drysdale and mantle whitey ford and to you

no the old gang ain’t around everyone has left town
‘cept for thumm and giardina said they just might be down
oh half drunk all the time and i’m all drunk the rest
yea monk’s till the champion but i’m the best

i guess you heard about nash he was killed in a crash
hell that must of been two or three years ago now
yea he spun out and he rolled he hit a telephone pole
and he died with the radio on
no she’s married and with a kid finally split up with sid
he’s up north for a nickle’s worth for armed robbery

hey i’ll play you some pin ball hell you ain’t got a chance
well then go on over and ask her to dance

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A Little Rain – Tom Waits

The Ice Man’s mule is parked
Outside the bar
Where a man with missing fingers
Plays a strange guitar
And the German dwarf
Dances with the buthcer’s son
And a little rain never hurt no one
And a little rain never hurt no one

They’re dancing on the roof
ANd the ceiling’s coming down
I sleep with my shovel and my leather gloves
A little trouble makes it wurth the going
And a little rain never hurt no one

The world is round
And so I’ll go around
You must risk something that matters
My hands are strong
I’ll take any man here
If it’s worth the going
It’s worth the ride

She was 15 years old
And never seen the ocean
She climbed into a van
With a vagabond
And the last theing she said
Was, “I love you mom.”

And a little rain
Never hurt no one
And a little rain
Never hurt no one

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9th & Hennepin – Tom Waits

Well it’s 9th and Hennepin
And all the donuts have
Names that sound like prostitutes
And the moon’s teeth marks are
On the sky like a tarp thrown over all this
And the broken umbrellas like
Dead birds and the steam
Comes out of the grill like
The whole goddamned town is ready to blow.
And the bricks are all scarred with jailhouse tattoos
And everyone is behaving like dogs.
And the horses are coming down Violin Road
And Dutch is dead on his feet
And the rooms all smell like diesel
And you take on the
Dreams of the ones who have slept here.
And I’m lost in the window
I hide on the stairway
I hang in the curtain
I sleep in your hat
And no one brings anything
Small into a bar around here.
They all started out with bad directions
And the girls behind the counter has a tattooed tear,
One for every year he’s away she said, such
A crumbling beauty, but there’s
Nothing wrong with her that
$100 won’t fix, she has that razor sadness
That only gets worse
With the clang and the thunder of the
Southern Pacific going by
As the clock ticks out like a dripping faucet
Till you’re full of rag water and bitters and blue ruin
And you spill out
Over the side to anyone who’ll listen
And I’ve seen it
All through the yellow windows
Of the evening train.

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16 Shells From A 30.06 – Tom Waits

I plugged 16 shells from a thirty-ought-six
and a Black Crow snuck through
a hole in the sky
so I spent all my buttons on an
old pack mule
and I made me a ladder from
a pawn shop marimba
and I leaned it up against
a dandelion tree

And I filled me a sachel
full of old pig corn
and I beat me a billy
from an old French horn
and I kicked that mule
to the top of the tree
and I blew me a hole
’bout the size of a kickdrum
and I cut me a switch
from a long branch elbow

Chorus
I’m gonna whittle you into kindlin’
Black Crow 16 shells from a thirty-ought-six
whittle you into kindlin’
Black Crow 16 shells from a thirty-ought-six

Well I slept in the holler
of a dry creek bed
and I tore out the buckets
from a red Corvette, tore out the buckets from a red Corvette
Lionel and Dave and the Butcher made three
you got to meet me by the knuckles of the skinnybone tree
with the strings of a Washburn
stretched like a clothes line
you know me and that mule scrambled right through the hole

Repeat Chorus

Now I hold him prisoner
in a Washburn jail
that stapped on the back
of my old kick mule
strapped it on the back of my old kick mule
I bang on the strings just
to drive him crazy
I strum it loud just to rattle his cage
strum it loud just to rattle his cage

Repeat Chorus

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Yesterday Is Here – Tom Waits

If you want money in your pocket
and a top hat on your head
a hot meal on your table
and a blanket on your bed
well today is grey skies
tomorrow is tears
you’ll have to wait til yesterday is here
Well I’m going to New York City
and I’m leaving on a train
and if you want to stay behind and
wait til I come back again
well today is grey skies
tomorrow is tears
you’ll have to wait til yesterday is here
If you want to go
where the rainbows end
you’ll have to say goodbye
all our dreams come true
baby up ahead
and it’s out where your memories lie
well the road’s out before me
and the moon is shining bright
what I want you to remember
as I disappear tonight
today is grey skies
tomorrow’s tears
you’ll have to wait til yesterday is here

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Take It With Me – Tom Waits

Phone’s off the hook
No one knows where we are
It’s a long time since I
Drank champagne
The ocean is blue
As blue as your eyes
I’m gonna take it with me
When I go

Old long since gone
Now way back when
We lived in Coney Island
Ain’t no good thing
Ever dies
I’m gonna take it with me
When I go

Far far away a train
Whistle blows
Wherever you’re goin
Wherever you’ve been
Waving good bye at the end
Of the day
You’re up and you’re over
And you’re far away

Always for you, and
Forever yours
It felt just like the old days
We fell asleep on Beaula’s porch
I’m gonna take it with me
When I go

All broken down by
The side of the road
I was never more alive or
Alone
I’ve worn the faces off
All the cards
I’m gonna take it with me
When I go

Children are playing
At the end of the day
Strangers are singing
On our lawn
It’s got to be more
Than flesh and bone
All that you’re loved
Is all you own

In a land there’s a town
And in that town there’s
A house
And in that house
There’s a woman
And in that woman
There’s a hart I love
I’m gonna take it
With me when I go
I’m gonna take it
With me when I go

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San Diego Serenade – Tom Waits

I never saw the mornin’ ’til I stayed up all night
I never saw the sunshine ’til you turned out the light
I never saw my hometown until I stayed away too long
I never heard the melody until I needed the song

I never saw the white line ’til I was leavin’ you behind
I never knew I needed you until I was caught up in a bind
I never spoke “I love you” ’til I cursed you in vain
I never felt my heart strings until I nearly went insane

I never saw the east coast until I moved to the west
I never saw the moonlight until it shone off of your breast
I never saw your heart until someone tried to steal it, tried to steal it away
I never saw your tears until they rolled down your face

I never saw the mornin’ ’til I stayed up all night
I never saw the sunshine ’til you turned out your love light babe
I never saw my hometown until I stayed away too long
I never heard the melody until I needed the song

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Tom Waits – Earth Died Screaming

Rudy’s on the midway
And Jacob’s in the hole
THe monkey’s on the ladder
The devil shovels coal
With crows as big as airplanes
The lion has three heads
And someone will eat the skin that he sheds
And the earth died screaming
The earth died screaming
While I lay dreaming of you

Well hell doesn’t want you
And heaven is full
Bring me some water
Put it in this skull
I walk between the raindrops
Wait in Bug House Square
And the army ants
They leave nothin’ but the bones
And the earth died screaming
While I lay dreaming of you

There was thunder
There was lightning
Then the stars went out
And the moon fell from the sky
It rained mackerel
It rained trout
And the great day of wrath has come
And here’s mud in your big red eye
The poker’s in the fire
And the locusts take the sky
And the earth died screaming
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