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intro-to-on-a-foggy-night

Album: Nighthawks at the Diner / Original Release Date: 1975Genre: RockSong Duration: 2 min 16 sec
Well I think it's about time I took you on an improvisational adventure into the bowels of the metropolitan region. Looks like a bonafide, high voltage, decked out in full regalia, Angelino audience. Driving in, in Subarus, Pintos, Malibus, Oldsmobiles. A small suburan community. This is a...kind of about 2.30 in the morning, you've been standing on the corner of Fifth and Vermouth and you climb into the helm of a 1958 monkey shit brown Buick Super and your on your way home. A luxury automobile, bought it dollar bills, Easy Autos for next to nothing. Cruising along, everythings going fine, put a little smooth music on the stereo. Light up an Old Gold, save the coupon. Gotta think in terms of that patio furniture, that Toro mower. Man. You're on the Santa Monica freeway headed in an easterly direction, you just past the La Cienega turn off and you run into a cold fog bank

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intro-to-on-a-foggy-night 

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Where the wind blows tall
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On the wings of a magpie
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Stop me if you've heard this one
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Perhaps i'm mistaken
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And I ain't made my bed in a week
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And those Friday nights out bowlin'
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Put a dead cat on the railroad tracks when the wolf bain's blooming by the trestle
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jitterbug-boy 

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nighthawk-postcards 

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As a neon swizzle stick stirrin up the sultry night air
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diamonds-on-my-windshield 

Diamonds on my windshield
Tears from heaven
Pulling into town on the Interstate
Pulling a steel train in the rain
The wind bites my cheek through the wing
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rain-dogs 

Inside a broken clock
splasjing the wine with all the Rain Dogs...

Taxi we'd rather walk
huddle a doorway with the Rain Dogs...

For I am a Rain Dog too!

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straight-to-the-top 

I'm going straight to the top whoa
I'm going where the air is fresh and clean
I'm going straight up to the top
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november 

No shadow
No stars
No moon
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November
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And a moon
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Romeo is bleeding but not so as you'd notice
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Well Frank settled down in the Valley
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[Tom Waits:] I wish I had a dollar for each time I took a chance
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singapore 

We sail tonight for Singapore
We're all as mad as hatters here
I've fallen for a tawny moor
Took off to the land of Nod
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I like my town with a little drop of poison
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Well you play that tarantella all the hounds will start to roar
The boys all go to hell and then the Cubans hit the floor
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Irene, goodnight. Irene, goodnight
Goodnight, Irene. Goodnight, Irene.
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invitation-to-the-blues 

Well she's up against the register
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With yesterday's deliveries,
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hell-broke-luce 

I had to get home but I left
I had to get home but I left
right - left
that big f*ckin bomb made me deaf, deaf
a home beam mechanic with his kevlar on wrong
i guarantee you meet u...[Read More]

kentucky-avenue 

Eddie graces buick got 4 bullet holes in the side
Charlie delisle sittin at the top of an avocado tree
Mrs stormll stab you with a steak knife if you step on her
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All the way from philadelphia
To mark the anniversary
Of someone that I used to be
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Time it don't mean nothing
Money means even less
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Somewhere a place for us
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[Originally by The Ramones]

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What the hell is he building in there?
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with the cold water
with the cold water
Woke up this morning
with the cold water
with the cold water
with the cold

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Misery's the River of the World

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But I will lways be true,
And when your mama is dead and gone,
I'll sing this lullaby just for you

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cemetery-polka 

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Uncle Vernon
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Hog on ice
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At the slaughterhouse
He plays accordion
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Uncle Bittmore and
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downtown-train 

Outside another yellow moon
Has punched a hole in the nighttime, yes
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I'm shining like a new dime
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pony 

I've seen it all, boys --
I've been all over.
Been everywhere in the whole wide world.
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I danced real slow with Ida Jane.
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candy-apple-red 

Check this strange beverage that falls out from the sky
Splashin' bagdad on the hudson in panther martin's eyes
He's high and outside wearin' candy apple red
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johnsburg,-illinois 

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she's all that I think of
look here in my wallet
that's her
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there's a place on my arm
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strange-weather 

(tom waits for marianne faithful)
Will you take me across the channel,
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shore-leave 

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I rolled down the national stroll
and with a big fat paycheck
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the-heart-of-saturday-night 

Well you gassed her up
Behind the wheel
With your arm around your sweet one
In your oldsmobile
Barrelin' down the boulevard
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downtown 

Red pants and the sugarman in the temple street gloom,

Drinkin' chivas regal in a four dollar room,
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and-no-one-knows-i_m-gone 

Hell above and heaven below
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Friday left me fumblin' with the blues
And it's hard to win when you always lose
Because the nightspots spend your spirit
Beat your head against the wall
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better-off-without-a-wife 

All my friends are married
Every Tom and Dick and Harry
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To go it alone
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king-kong 

They shot him down
They shot him down
They thought he was a monster
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foreign-affair 

When travelling abroad in the continental style
It's my belief one must attempt to be discreet
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saving-all-my-love-for-you 

It's too early for the circus,
It's too late for the bars,
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And no one in this town is makin' any noise,
But the dogs and the milkmen and me.
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muriel 

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pasties-&-a-g,,string 

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I aint got a quarter, got a postage stamp
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midnight-lullaby 

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Hush-a bye my baby, no need to be crying.
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nirvana 

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step-right-up 

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Step right up
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nobody 

Nobody, Nobody
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Love is bitter sweet
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t_ain_t-no-sin 

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Grapefruit moon, one star shining,
Shining down on me.
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Ain't goin' down
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I might catch some perch...yeah...
Ah...keep it rollin' here...

Take you on a lurch
On a little date to church
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Here comes the bride
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Smells like a poolhall
Where's my other shoe
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of strangers around the coffee urn tonight
all the gypsy hacks, the insomniacs
now the paper's been read
now the waitr...[Read More]

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In the evening he stumbles home with his tie undone,
As the moon sweeps 7th avenue, as usual

You lie awake at night
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And it's about a, it's about a, like a cook on a wagon train, you know
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Late night and early morning low clouds
With a chance of fog
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As you go out it's Independence Day;
But instead I'll just pour myself a drink.
It's got to be love, I've never felt this way.
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There's a house on my block

That's abandoned and cold

Folks moved out of it a

Long time ago

And they took all their things

And they never came back
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On a foggy night, an abandoned road
In a twilight mirror mirage
With no indication of a service station
Or an all night garage, I was misinformed
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If I was a seagull high and aloof
I'd sail to the highest perch on your roof
But I ain't no seagull, you know my name
And the wind's blowin fortune, the wind's blowin pain
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Warm beer and cold women, I just dont fit in
Every joint I stumbled into tonight
Thats just how its been
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I'm just a scarecrow
With out you
Baby please don't disappear
I beg your pardon dear

I gotta a bottle full of trumpet
A hatbox full of drum
I beg your pardon dear
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Well my time went so quickly,
Well my time went so quickly, I went lickety-split out to my old '55
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The evening fell just like a star
Left a trail behind
You spit as you slammed out the door
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As we fight like cats and dogs
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_____ the intrusion
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I never saw the morning '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
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Old Boyfriends,
Lost in the pocket of your overcoat,
Like burned out lite bulbs on a Ferris Wheel.

Old Boy friends,
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Well, I'm walking down Virginia Avenue
I'm trying to find somebody to tell my troubles to.
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I guess...[Read More]

old-shoes 

Well I'm singing this song, cause it's time it was sung
I've been putting it off for a while,
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That I am crying when I'm seeing you smil...[Read More]

the-one-that-got-away 

The jigolo's jumpin salty
Ain't no trade out on the streets
Half past the unlucky
And the hawk's a front-row seat
Dressed in full orquestration
Stage door johnnys got to pay
A...[Read More]

$29.-00 

Little black girl in a red dressOn a hot night with a broken shoeLittle black girl you shoulda never left homeTheres probly someone thats still waitin up for youIts cold back in chicagoBut in los ang...[Read More]

mr.-siegal 

I spent all my money in a mexican whorehouse,
Across the street from a catholic church,
And then i wiped off my revolver,
And i buttoned up my burgundy shirt,
I shot the morning in th...[Read More]

lord-i_ve-been-changed 

Woah I, know I've been changed
And I know I've been changed
I know I've been changed
Angels in heaven done sign my name
Angels in heaven done sign my name

Well, I know I got ...[Read More]

take-me-home 

Take me home
You silly boy
Put your arms around me
Take me home
You silly boy
All the world's not round without you

I'm so sorry that I broke your heart
Please don't ...[Read More]

red-shoes 

she wore red shoes by the newstand
as the rain splashed the nickle
spilled like chablis along the midway
theres a little bluejay
in a red dress, on a sad night

one straw in a...[Read More]

heartattack-&-vine 

Liar liar with your pants on fire, white spades hangin on the telephone
Wire, gamblers reevaluate along the dotted line, youll never recognize
Yourself on heartattack and vine.

Docto...[Read More]

waits-dog-treat 

Thanks, uh... You know uh, this is weird uh...
Most of us have dogs, allright? (applause)
I don't know if it's a local thing where I live, or if it's everywhere, and I'm checking it with you ...[Read More]

but-there_s-never-a-rose 

Over here the ladies all waltz with perfume
But there's never a rose
And over there the roses are frightened to bloom
So they never can grow
And over here they need wool
For weavi...[Read More]

bad-liver-&-a-broken-heart 

Well I got a bad liver and broken heart, yeah,
I drunk me a river since you tore me apart
And I dont have a drinking problem, cept when I cant get a drink
And I wish youd a-known her, we ...[Read More]

had-me-a-girl 

Well I had me a girl in LA
I knew she couldn't stay
Had me a girl in San Diego
One day she just had to go
And I had me a girl Tallahassee
Boy what a foxy lassie

(chorus)<...[Read More]

so-long-i_ll-see-ya 

Mamas in the kitchen, Daddies on the phone
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,...[Read More]

i-hope-that-i-don_t-fall-in-love-with-you 

Well I hope that I don't fall in love with you
'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[Read More]

everything-you-can-think-of-is-true 

Everything you can think of is true
Before the ocean was blue
You were lost in a flood run red with your blood's nigerian skeleton crew
Everything you can think of is true
The dish ra...[Read More]

two-sisters 

There was an old woman, lived by the seashore
Bow and balance me
There was an old woman, lived by the seashore
A number of daughters: one, two, three, four
And I'll be true to my love...[Read More]

tom-traubert_s-blues 

Wasted and wounded, it ain't what the moon did
I've got what I paid for now
See ya tomorrow, hey Frank, can I borrow
A couple of bucks from you, to go
Waltzing Matilda, waltzing Matil...[Read More]

a-sight-for-sore-eyes 

A sight for sore eyes it's a long time no see
Workin hard hardly workin, hey man you know me
Water under the bridge, did ya see my new car
Well it's bought and it's payed for, parked outs...[Read More]

is-there-any-way-out-of-this-dream 

I can see clearly nothing as clear
I keep falling apart ev'ry year
Let's take a hammer to it
There's no glamour in it
Is there any way out of this dream

I'm as blue as I can ...[Read More]

rosie 

Well I'm sitting on a windowsill, blowing my horn
Nobody's up except the moon and me,
And a lazy old tomcat on a midnight spree
All that you left me was a melody.
Rosie, why do you ev...[Read More]

broken-bicycles 

Broken bicycles,
Old busted chains,
With busted handle bars
Out in the rain.
Somebody must
Have an orphanage for
All these things that nobody
Wants any more
September'...[Read More]

once-upon-a-time 

I wish I had a dollar for each time I took a chance
On all those two bit Romeos who counterfeit romance
Somehow always thinking of each time that I fell down
Knowing that you fall in love...[Read More]

little-boy-blue 

Little Boy Blue
Come blow your horn
The dish ran away with the spoon
Home again home again
Saturday morn
Never gets up before noon

She used to render
You legal and te...[Read More]

way-down-in-a-hole 

When you walk through the garden

you gotta watch your back

well I beg your pardon

walk the straight and narrow track

if you walk with Jesus

he's gonna sav...[Read More]

lonely 

Lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely eyes,
Lonely face, lonely lonely in your place.
Lonely, lonely, lonely eyes, lonely face,
Lonely lonely in your place.

I thought that I knew all th...[Read More]

rockin_-chair 

Well I'm sittin' right here in my rockin chair
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[Read More]

little-man 

Sure as fire will burn
There's one thing you will learn
Those things you have cherished
Are things that you have earned
Luck is when opportunity
Meets with preparation
And the...[Read More]

heigh-ho! 

Well, we dig dig dig
Well, we dig in our mine the whole day through
Dig dig dig, that is what we like to do
And it ain't no trick to get rich quick
If you dig dig dig, with a shovel a...[Read More]

spare-parts 

well the dawn cracked hard just like a bull whip
cause it wasn't takin' no lip from the night before
as it shook out the street, the stew bums showed up
just like bounced checks, rubbin' ...[Read More]

9th-&-hennepin 

Well it's ninth and hennepin
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 umbrell...[Read More]

frank_s-song 

That woman will take you, that woman will break you
That woman will make you something you've never seen
That woman's got claws, that woman's got laws
Now look out man, you're gonna loose...[Read More]

back-in-the-crowd 

If you don't want these arms to hold you
If you don't want these lips to kiss you
If you found someone new
Put me back in the crowd
Put the sun behind the clouds
Put me back i...[Read More]

face-to-the-highway 

I'm goin' away (x4)

The cradle wants a baby
The kitchen wants a pan
The heart wants a certain kind of lover if it can

The ocean wants a sailor
The gun wants a hand
...[Read More]

last-leaf 

I'm the last leaf on the tree
the autumn took the rest
but they won't take me
I'm the last leaf on the tree

the autumn wind blows
them all ...? gone
flutter to the grou...[Read More]

kiss-me 

Fire's dying out
all the embers have been spent
I was out on the street
..? hide in the shadows
you look at me
I look at you
there's only one thing I want you to do
kiss m...[Read More]

satisfied 

When i'm gone
when i'm gone
roll my vertebrae out like dice
let my skull be a home for the mice
let me bleach like the bones on the beach
i'll be hard like a pit from a peach
...[Read More]

chicago 

The seeds are planted here
But they won't grow
We won't have to say goodbye
If we all go
Maybe things will be better in Chicago
To leave all we've ever known
For a place we've...[Read More]

flower_s-grave 

Someday the silver moon and I
Will go to dreamland.
I will close my eyes
And wake up there in dreamland
But tell me who will put flowers
On a flower's grave?
Who will say a pr...[Read More]

hoist-that-rag 

Well I learned the trade
From Piggy Knowles
Sing Sing Tommy Shay Boys
God used me as hammer boys
To beat his weary drum today

Hoist that rag [2x]

The sun is up the w...[Read More]

fish-in-the-jailhouse 

Peoria Johnson told Dirty Ol' Joe
I can break out of any old jail, you know
The bars are iron, the walls are stone
All I need me is an old fishbone

Fish in the jailhouse tonight,...[Read More]

hold-on 

They hung a sign up in our town
"if you live it up, you won't
live it down"
So, she left Monte Rio, son
Just like a bullet leaves a gun
With charcoal eyes and Monroe hips
She ...[Read More]

first-kiss 

She drove a big ol' Lincoln with suicide doors
And a sewing machine in the back
And a light bulb that looked like an alligator egg
Was mounted up front on the hood

And she had an...[Read More]

come-on-up-to-the-house 

Well the moon is broken
And the sky is cracked
Come on up to the house
The only things that you can see
Is all that you lack
Come on up to the house

All your cryin don't ...[Read More]

georgia-lee 

Cold was the night, hard was the ground
They found her in a small grove of trees
Lonesome was the place where Georgia was found
She's too young to be out
On the street.

Why w...[Read More]

dead-and-lovely 

She was a middle class girl
She was in over her head
She thought she would
Stand up in the deep end

He had a bullet proof smile
He had money to burn
She thought she had t...[Read More]

pay-me 

They pay me not to come home,
Keeping me stoned,
I won't run away.

They say it's easy to get,
Stuck in this town,
Just like joan.
You know I gave it all up for the st...[Read More]

books-of-moses 

Books of Moses, bringing stone news
Wet in the water, weeping in the sun
Books of Moses, got some splinters didn't you
Books of Moses, brought me right here back to you

Flaming h...[Read More]

talking-at-the-same-time 

Get a job, save your money, listen to Jane
Everybody knows umbrellas cost more in the rain
And all the news is bad
Is there any other kind?
And everybody’s talking at the same time[Read More]

she-stole-the-blush 

A window left open and the pillow is soaking wet
Who says love ever comes without tolls?
She sends no kindness, no words of regret when she put the fork in the road
There's a ring with a ...[Read More]

new-year_s-eve 

The door was open, I was seething
Your mother burst in, it was freezing
And she said, “It looks like it’s trying to rain”
I was lost, I felt sea sick
You convinced me that he’d left[Read More]

after-you-die 

Like a tin can feeding
Like a skinned hand bleeding
Like a tramp choir crying
Like a camp fire dying
Like a big dog breeding
Like a pig hog feeding
Like a top hat tipping
...[Read More]

tell-me 

Why plant a seed deep in the ground?
Why, why, why, why, why put a stone on a grave in town?
Why, why, why, why
Tell me, tell me, tell me, tell me why it's so
Tell me, tell me, tell m...[Read More]

2:19 

I lost everything I had in the '29 flood
The barn was buried 'neath a mile of mud
Now I've got nothing but the whistle and the steam
My baby's leaving town on the 2:19

I said, he...[Read More]

16-shells-from-a-thirty,,ought,,six 

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 s...[Read More]

baby-gonna-leave-me 

Well I stood on the corner
Until my feet got wet
I stood by the faucet
Till the sink filled up
I stood by the window
Until the moon came up
My baby's bought a ticket
Long ...[Read More]

everything-goes-to-hell 

Why be sweet, why be careful, why he kind?
A man has only one thing on his mind
Why ask politely, why go lightly,
Why say please?
They only want to get you on your knees
There's a...[Read More]

dog-door 

Oh mother I want a dog
I want a little dog
I saw a little dog
His name is happy

Well this is me ...
... old ...
I could be a shopkeeper
We'll call 'em ...

Sh...[Read More]

coney-island-baby 

Every night she cames
To take me out to dreamland
When I'm with her, I'm the richest
Man in the town

She's a rose, she's the pearl
She's the spin on my world
All the star...[Read More]

green-grass 

Lay your head where my heart used to be
Hold the earth above me
Lay down in the green grass
Remember when you loved me

Come closer don't be shy
Stand beneath a rainy sky
...[Read More]

get-behind-the-mule 

Molly be damned smote Jimmy the Harp
With a horrid little pistol and a lariat
She's goin to the bottom
And she's goin down the drain
Said she wasn't big enough to carry it

Sh...[Read More]

chocolate-jesus 

Don't go to church on Sunday
Don't get on my knees to pray
Don't memorize the books of the Bible
I got my own special way
Bit I know Jesus loves me
Maybe just a little bit more[Read More]

black-market-baby 

She lives in a house
That's way back off the road
There's a man with a lantern
And he carries her soul
A coal stove and a bed
A skillet and a hound
She drove a camel through[Read More]

fish-&-bird 

They bought a round for the sailor
And they heard his tale
Of a world that was so far away
And a song that we'd never heard
A song of a little bird
That fell in love with a whale<...[Read More]

all-stripped-down 

Well the time will come
When the wind will shout
All stripped down
All stripped down
And all the sinners know
What I'm talking about
All stripped down
All stripped down[Read More]

bend-down-the-branches 

The sky's as deep as it can be
Bend down the branches
Close your eyes and you will see
Bend down the branches

You're like a willow
Once you were gold
We're made for bendi...[Read More]

eyeball-kid 

Well Zenora Bariella
And Coriander Pyle
They had sixteen children
In the usual style
They had a curio museum
And they had no guile
All they ever wanted
Was a show biz chil...[Read More]

buzz-fledderjohn 

I stood on the roof, stood toward dark
To get a better look at the Fledderjons' lawn
Big sharp pistols, ammo too
Nothing but books about World War II
Rottweiler, Dobermann, a Pinkerto...[Read More]

a-good-man-is-hard-to-find 

A good man's is hard to find
Only strangers sleep in my bed
My favorite words are good-bye
And my favorite color is red

I always play Russian Roulette in my head
It's sventee...[Read More]

clang-boom-steam 

Well my baby's so fine
Even her car looks good
From behind

Well my baby's so fine
Even her car looks good
From behind

But the train that took
My baby...
It w...[Read More]

big-in-japan 

I got the style but not the grace
I got the clothes but not the face
I got the bread but not the butter
I got the winda but not the shutter

But I'm big in Japan I'm big in Japan ...[Read More]

home-i_ll-never-be 

I left New York in 1949
To go across the country without a bad blame dime
Montana in the cold cold fall
Found my father in the gambling hall

Father, Father where you been?
I'...[Read More]

hang-down-your-head 

Hush a wild violet, hush a band of gold
Hush you're in a story I heard somebody told
Tear the promise from my heart, tear my heart today
You have found another, oh baby I must go away
...[Read More]

altar-boy 

He's an ol' altar boy
Lying out there in the street
He's an ol' alter boy
Bound up in leather and chains
That's why I'm feeling so blue
I'm an old altar boy
What about you?[Read More]

down-the-reeperbahn 

around the curve of a parrot bar
a broken-down old movie star
hustling an Easterner
bringing out the beast in her
a high dive on a swimming pool
filled with needles and with fools...[Read More]

children_s-story 

Once upon a time there was a poor child,
with no father and no mother
And everything was dead
And no one was left in the whole world
Everything was dead

And the child went on...[Read More]

down-there-by-the-train 

There's a place I know where the train goes slow
Where the sinner can be washed in the blood of the lamb
There's a river by the trestle down by sinner's grove
Down where the willow and th...[Read More]

all-the-world-is-green 

I fell into the ocean
When you became my wife
I risked it all aganist the sea
To have a better life
Marie you're the wild blue sky
And men do foolish things
You turn kings int...[Read More]

all-the-time 

You're the tree that you can't eat the fruit from
I heard horses came to ride me away
I want shade and a good place to shoot from
If it's a clock I'd be the end of the day
You know yo...[Read More]

another-man_s-vine 

Bougainvillea's bloom and wind
Be careful mind the strangle vines
The rose is a climbing over blind
'Cause the sun is on the other side
The bees will find their honey
The sweetest...[Read More]

bad-as-me 

You're the head on the spear
You're the nail on the cross
You're the fly in my beer
You're the key that got lost
You're the letter from Jesus on the bathroom wall
You're moth...[Read More]

in-the-colosseum 

The women all control their men
With razors and with wrists
And the princess squeezes grape juice
On a torrid bloody kiss
What will you be wearing there
The lion or the raven hair...[Read More]

lie-to-me 

Lie to me baby
Uh huh, lie to me baby
Lie to me baby
Lie to me baby - move on

I know you got another jockey at home
Let me be your rider till your real man comes
Whip me ...[Read More]

danny-says 

Danny says we gotta go
Gotta go to Idaho
But we can't go surfin'
'Cause it's 20 below

Sound check's at 5:02
Record stores and interviews
Oh, but I can't wait
To be wi...[Read More]

day-after-tomorrow 

I got your letter today
And I miss you all so much, here
I can't wait to see you all
And I'm counting the days, dear
I still believe that there's gold
At the end of the world
...[Read More]

black-wings 

Take an eye for an eye, 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, any man at the table

When the moon is a ...[Read More]

fannin-street 

There's a crooked street in Houston town,
It's a well born path I've traveled down
Now there's ruin in my name, I wish I never got off the
train,
I wished I'd listened to the words y...[Read More]

circus 

We put up our tent on a dark
Green knoll, outside of town by
The train tracks and a seagull dump
Topping the bill was Horse Face Ethel
And her 'Marvellous Pigs In Satin'

We p...[Read More]

don_t-go-into-that-barn 

Don't go into that barn, yea [2x]

Black cellophane sky at midnite
Big blue moon with three gold rings
I called Champion to the window
And I pointed up above the trees
That's ...[Read More]

dirt-in-the-ground 

What does it matter, a dream of love
Or a dream of lies
We're all gonna be in the same place
When we die
Your spirit don't leave knowing
Your face or your name
And the wind th...[Read More]

long-way-home 

Well I stumbled in the darkness
I'm lost and alone
Though I said I'd go before us
And show the way back home
There a light up ahead
I can't hold onto her arm
Forgive me pretty...[Read More]

big-joe-and-phantom-309 

well you see I happened to be back on the east coast
a few years back tryin' to make me a buck
like everybody else, well you know
times get hard and well I got down on my luck
and I g...[Read More]

the-fall-of-troy 

It's the same with men as with horses and dogs
Nothing wants to die
Evelyn James they killed in a game
With guns too big for their hands
Just off St. Charles in No-Mans Land
And y...[Read More]

the-briar-and-the-rose 

I fell asleep down by a stream
And there I had the srtangest dream
And down by Brennan's Glenn there grows
A briar and a rose

There's a tree in the forest and i don't know where<...[Read More]

hang-on-st.-christopher 

Hang on st. christopher through the smoke
And the oil
Buckle down the rumble seat
Let the radiator boil
Got an overhead downshift
And a two dollar grill
Got an 85 cabin
On...[Read More]

innocent-when-you-dream-(Barroom) 

The bats are in the belfry, the dew is on the moor
Where are the arms that held me and pledged her love before, and pledged her love before?
And it's such a sad old feeling, all the fields ar...[Read More]

lost-in-the-harbour 

Over here the ladies all want sweet perfume
But there's never a rose
And over the roses are frightened to bloom
So they never can grow

And over here they need wool
For weavin...[Read More]

i_ll-be-gone 

Tonight I'll shave the mountain
I'll cut the hearts from pharoahs
I pull the road off of the rise
tear the memories from my eyes
and in the morning I'll be gone
I drink 1000 shipw...[Read More]

jayne_s-blue-wish 

The sky holds all our wishes
The dish ran away with the spoon
Chimney smoke ties the roofs to the sky
There's a hole overhead
It's only the moon

Will there ever be a tree
...[Read More]

lowdown 

She's a crooked sheriff in a real straight town
She openend the door, shake shake shake the lights go
down
Clover honey and the Jimson Weed
Red leather skirt way up above her knees[Read More]

i_m-still-here 

You haven't looked at me that way in years
You dreamed me up and left me here
How long was I dreaming for
What was it you wanted me for

You haven't looked at me that way in years...[Read More]

lullaby 

Sun is red; moon is cracked
Daddy's never coming back
Nothing's ever yours to keep
Close your eyes, go to sleep
If I die before you wake
Don't you cry, don't you weep

Not...[Read More]

if-i-have-to-go 

And if I have to go, will you remember me?
Will you find someone else, while I'm away?
There's nothing for me, in this world full of strangers
It's all someone else's idea
I don't bel...[Read More]

it_s-over 

You must have brought the bad weather with you
The sky's the colour of lead
All you've left me is a feather
On an unmade bed

It's always me whenever there's trouble
The world...[Read More]

road-to-peace 

Young Abdel Mahdi (Shahmay) was only 18 years old,
He was the youngest of nine children, never spent a night away from home.
And his mother held his photograph, opening the New York Times <...[Read More]

god_s-away-on-business 

I'd sell your heart to the junk-man baby for a buck, for a buck!
If you're looking for someone To pull you out of that ditch You're out of luck, you're out of luck
The ship is sinking, the sh...[Read More]

grapefruit-moon 

Grapefruit moon, one star shining
Shining down on me
Heard that tune, and now I'm pining
Honey, can't you see?

'Cause every time I hear that melody
Well, something breaks ins...[Read More]

temptation 

I went to see temptation yesterday
In a fourplex on the old high drive
Cause something in my life was runaway
Or maybe to prove that I am still alive

Temptation lives alone and s...[Read More]

telephone-call-from-istanbul 

All night long on the broken glass
Livin' in a medicine chest
Mediterranean hotel back sprawled across a roll top desk
The monkey rode the blade on an overhead fan
They paint the donk...[Read More]

poor-little-lamb 

(Waits/Brennan)

Poor little lamb now his fleece is all cold
Wakes up in the morning alone
Poor little lamb knows what's coming
Life is an empty cup

Poor little lamb watc...[Read More]

the-black-rider 

Come on a long with the Black Rider
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 o...[Read More]

widow_s-grove 

I met you in the saddle, rode you in the dust
Held your hand to the heavens, pulled your heart to the earth
There was something that blinded me more than the mist
And the breath of the co...[Read More]

depot,-depot 

Depot, depot, what am I doing here?
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...[Read More]

flash-pan-hunter 

The flash pan hunter sways with the wind
His rifle is the sound of the morning
Each sulfurous bullet way have it's own wit
Each cartridge comes with a warning
Beware of elaborate tele...[Read More]

murder-in-the-red-barn 

There was a murder in the red barn
murder in the red barn
The trees are bending over
the cows are lying down
the autumn's taking over
you can hear the buckshot hounds
the watc...[Read More]

such-a-scream 

Well pale face said
to the eyeball kid
she just goes clank and boom and steam
a halo, wings, horns, and a tail
shovelling coal inside my dreams
there are no laws
she's made of...[Read More]

union-square 

Well time is always money for the boys on Union Square
Go on and bust your ass 'til doomsday, don't forget to say your prayers
Someone's riding down the backstreet, said papa got a brand new ...[Read More]

picture-in-a-frame 

Sun come up it was blue and gold
Sun come up it was blue and gold
Sun come up it was blue and gold
Ever since I put your picture
In a frame.

I come calling in my Sunday best...[Read More]

you-can-never-hold-back-spring 

You can never hold back spring
You can be sure that I will never
Stop believing
The blushing rose will climb
Spring ahead or fall behind
Winter dreams the same dream
Every tim...[Read More]

that-feel 

Well there's one thing you can't lose
it's that feel
your pants, your shirt, your shoes
but not that fell.
you can throw it out in the rain
you can whip it like a dog
you can ...[Read More]

frank_s-theme 

All compositions written by Tom Waits.
All lyrics (C) 1982 Jalma Music
All rights reserved. Used by permission

All songs arranged by Tom Waits except 'Underground', 'Johnsburg, Illin...[Read More]

jockey-full-of-bourbon 

Edna Million in a drop dead suit
Dutch Pink on a downtown train
Two-dollar pistol but the gun won't shoot
I'm in the corner on the pouring rain
Sixteen men on a dead man's chest
A...[Read More]

bottom-of-the-world 

My Daddy told me, lookin back
The best friend you'll have is a railroad track
So when I was 13 I said, I'm rollin' my own,
And I'm leaving Missouri and I'm never coming home

And ...[Read More]

diamonds-and-gold 

The broken glass
And the rusty nails
Where the violets grow
Say goodbye to the railroad
And the mad dogs of summer
And everything that I know
Chorus:
What some men will do...[Read More]

lowside-of-the-road 

I'm on a black elevator
Goin down
Little Joe from Kokomo
It rattles to the ground
The dice is laughin at the
man that he throwed
Your rollin over to the
Lowside of the ro...[Read More]

that_s-the-way 

Uh, uh, uh...
That's the Way, uh, uh, uh, uh, I like it, uh, uh, uh, uh...

Brothers are stealin' and dealin' a bit willin'
And to the younger mine that stuff is appealing,
So, wh...[Read More]

lucky-day 

The prettiest girl
In all the world
Is in a little Spanish town
But I left her for a Bonnie lass
And I told her
I'd see her around
But that Bonnie lass
And her heart of gl...[Read More]

little-rain-(For-clyde) 

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 butcher's son
And a little rain never...[Read More]

who-are-you 

They're lining up
To mad dog your tilta whirl
3 shots for a dollar
Win a real live doll
All the lies that you tell
I believed them so well. Take them back
Take them back to yo...[Read More]

starving-in-the-belly-of-the-whale 

Life is whittled
Life's a riddle
Man's a fiddle that life plays on
When the day breaks and the earth quakes
Life's a mistake all day long
Tell me, who gives a good goddamn
You...[Read More]

gun-street-girl 

Falling james in the tahoe mud
stick around to tell us all the tale
well he fell in love with a gun street girl
and now he's dancing in the birmingham jail
dancing in the birmingham j...[Read More]

woe 

Where am I?
I've never been myself
Lived for someone else
In the dark I dig into my flesh
I'm calling out, I'm calling out
I'm crying out for my death

I cry in woe
[Read More]

just-the-right-bullets 

There is a light in the forest
There is a face in the tree
I'll pull you out of the chorus
And the first one's always free

You can never go a-hunting
With just a flintlock an...[Read More]

gospel-train 

Come on people
Got to get on board
Train is leavin'
And there's room for one more
God, don't listen to the devil
He got ways to move you
This train don't carry no smokers
...[Read More]

yesterday-is-here 

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 t...[Read More]

walking-spanish 

He's got himself a homemade special
You know his glass is full of sand
And it feels just like a jaybird the way it fits into his hand
He rolled a blade up in his trick towel
They slap...[Read More]

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...[Read More]

please-wake-me-up 

All compositions written by Tom Waits.
All lyrics (C) 1982 Jalma Music
All rights reserved. Used by permission

All songs arranged by Tom Waits except 'Underground', 'Johnsburg, Illin...[Read More]

the-piano-has-been-drinking-(Not-me) 

The piano has been drinking, my necktie is asleep
And the combo went back to New York, the jukebox has to take a leak
And the carpet needs a haircut, and the spotlight looks like a prison bre...[Read More]

blind-love 

Now you're gone, and it's hotels and whiskey and sad-luck dames
And I don't care if they miss me, I never remember their names
They say if you get far enough away, you'll be on your way back ...[Read More]

more-than-rain 

It's more than rain that falls on our parade tonight
It's more than thunder, it's more than thunder
And it's more than a bad dream now that I'm sober
Nothing but sad times, nothing but sa...[Read More]

never-let-go 

(Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan)

Well, ring the bell backwards and bury the axe
Fall down on your knees in the dirt
I'm tied to the mast between water and wind
Believe me, you'll...[Read More]

i_ll-shoot-the-moon 

I'll shoot the moon
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
Ribbo...[Read More]

whistle-down-the-wind-(For-tom-jans) 

I've grown up here now
All of my life
But I dreamed
Someday I'd go
Where blue eyed girls
And red guitars and
Naked rivers flow

I'm not all I thought I'd be
I alwa...[Read More]

take-care-of-all-my-children 

(Waits)

Oh, take care of all of my children
Don't let 'em wander and roam
Oh, take care of all of my children
For I don't know when I'm comin' back home

You can put all ...[Read More]

cold-cold-ground 

Crest fallen sidekick in an old cafe
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 ...[Read More]

what-keeps-mankind-alive 

(Weill/Brecht)

You gentlemen who think you have a mission
To purge us of the seven deadly sins
Should first sort out the basic food position
Then start your preaching, that's whe...[Read More]

clap-hands 

Sane, sane, they're all insane,
Fireman's blind, the conductor is lame
A Cincinnati jacket and a sad-luck dame
Hanging out the window with a bottle full of rain
Clap hands, clap hand...[Read More]

the-last-rose-of-summer 

I love the way
The tattered clouds
Go wind across the sky

As summer goes
And leave me
With a tear in my eye

I'm taking out my winter clothes
My garden knows what...[Read More]

the-ocean-doesn_t-want-me 

The ocean doesn't want me today
But I'll be back tomorrow to play
And the stranglers will take me
Down deep in their brine
The mischievous braingels
Down into the endless blue win...[Read More]

puttin_-on-the-dog 

(Tom Waits)

You gotta stomp, whistle and scream
You gotta wake right up in your dreams
You gotta jump, wheel and drive
Keep that feeling alive

You gotta kick, holler and...[Read More]

filipino-box-spring-hog 

Filipino Box Spring Hog

Well I hung on to Mary's stump
I danced with a soldier's glee
With a rum soaked crook
And a big fat laugh
I spent my last dollar on thee
I saw Bil...[Read More]

shiny-things 

(Tom Waits/ Kathleen Brennan-Waits)

The things a crow puts in his nest
They are always things he finds that shine best
Somehow they'll find a shiny dime, a silver twine
From a Va...[Read More]

walk-away 

Dot King was whittled from the bone of Cain
With a little drop of poison in the red, red blood
She need a way to turn around the bend
She said, "I want to walk away and start over again"<...[Read More]

the-ghosts-of-saturday-night-(After-hours-at-napoleone_s-pizza-house) 

A cab combs the snake
Tryin' to rake in that last night's fare
And a solitary sailor
Who spends the facts of his life like small change on strangers

Paws his inside P-coat pocket...[Read More]

crossroads 

(Tom Waits/William Burroughs)

Now, George was a good straight boy to begin with, but there was bad blood
In him; someway he got into the magic bullets and that leads straight to
...[Read More]

big-black-mariah 

Well cutting through the cane break, rattling the sill
Thunder that the rain makes when the shadow tops the hill
Big light on the back street, hill to ever more
Packing down the ladder...[Read More]

train-song 

Well I broke down in East St. Louis
On the Kansas City line
I drunk up all my money
That I borrowed every time
And I fell down at the derby
the night's black as a crow
It was ...[Read More]

new-coat-of-paint 

Let's put a new coat of paint on this lonesome old town
Set 'em up, we'll be knockin' em down.
You wear a dress, baby, and I'll wear a tie.
We'll laugh at that old bloodshot moon in that ...[Read More]

_til-the-money-runs-out 

Check this strange beverage fall out from the sky
Splashin' Baghdad on the Hudson in Panther Martin's eyes
He's high and outside wearin' candy apple red
Scarlet gave him twenty seven stit...[Read More]

soldier_s-things 

Davenports and kettle drums
and swallow tail coats
table cloths and patent leather shoes
bathing suits and bowling balls
and clarinets and rings
and all this radio really
need...[Read More]

kommienezuepadt 

(Pretend German)
Kommienezuspadt
Kommienezuspadt
Kommienezuspadt
Kommienezuspadt

Sei punktlich
Sei punktlich
Sei punktlich

Kommienezuspadt
Kommienezuspad...[Read More]

goin_-down-slow 

Well It's a quarter a two
and looking at you
and going down, going down slow
Well It's a quarter a two
and looking at you
and going down, going down slow

TV went off abou...[Read More]

trouble_s-braids 

Well I pulled on trouble's braids
and I hid in the briars
out by the quick mud
stayin' away from the main roads
passin' out wolf tickets
downwind from the blood hounds
and I p...[Read More]

i_m-your-late-night-evening-prostitute 

Well I got here at eight and I'll be here till two
I'll try my best to entertain you and
Please don't mind me if I get a bit crude
I'm your late night evening prostitute
So drink your...[Read More]

in-between-love 

In between love, trying to scheme love
Who can tell what we may find
Never thought love, that I'd get caught love
Between the magic in your eyes
Your love's like wind, in it's so cool...[Read More]

trampled-rose 

Long way going to
Get my medicine
Sky's the autumn grey of a lonely wren

Piano from a window played
Gone tomorrow, gone yesterday

I found it in the street
At first I...[Read More]

we_re-all-mad-here 

You can hang me in a bottle like a cat
Let the crows pick me clean
But for my hat
Where the wailing of a baby
Meets the footsteps of the dead
We're all mad here

As the de...[Read More]

i_ll-take-new-york 

I'll tip the newsboy
I'll get a shine
I'll ride this dream
to the end of the line
I'm goin places
I'll take a ride
Up to the Riverside
I'll take NY
I'll let it happen<...[Read More]

in-the-neighborhood 

Well the eggs chase the bacon
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 alwa...[Read More]

take-it-with-me 

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
[Read More]

shake-it 

Strip Poker Motel
Got a small blue tail
Hot ice, cold cash
I never been no good at staying out of jail

Wheel spin, roulette
Who's giving, don't get
Ripped shirt, black ey...[Read More]

down,-down,-down 

He went down down down
and the devil called him by name
he went down down down
hangin' onto the back of a train
he went down down down
this boy went solid down
always chewed t...[Read More]

you-can_t-unring-a-bell 

You can't unring a bell, junior
It'll cost ya to get out of this one, junior
Cause he's got big plans
That don't include you
Take it like a man

Cause you, you can't unring a ...[Read More]

poor-edward 

Did you hear the news about Edward
On the back of his head
He had another face
Was it a woman's face
Or a young girl
They said to remove it would kill him
So poor Edward was d...[Read More]

sins-of-my-father 

God said don't give me your
Tin horn prayers
Don't buy roses off the street down there
Took it all and took the dirt road home
Dreaming of Jenny with the light brown hair
Night is...[Read More]

on-the-other-side-of-the-world 

There's a blue eyed girl with a red bow tie
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...[Read More]

looks-like-i_m-up-shit-creek-again 

Well the sun came in my window Wednesday mornin'
And your love was like the golden rays again
Now I'm lyin' here on a thursday and you're lovin' someone new
And it looks like I'm up shit ...[Read More]

top-of-the-hill 

Stop and get me on the ride up (uh-huh-huh)
To the top ...
(Can we have a little more on my voice?)
Stop and get me on the ride up (Uh-huh-huh)
On the top of the hill
I'm only goi...[Read More]

time 

Well, the smart money's on Harlow
And the moon is in the street
The shadow boys are breaking all the laws
And you're east of East St. Louis
And the wind is making speeches
And the...[Read More]

falling-down 

(tom waits)

I have come 500 miles just to see a halo
Come from st. petersburg, scarlett and me
Well I open my eyes, I was blind as can be
When you give a man luck, he must fall i...[Read More]

lucinda 

Well they call me William the Pleaser
I sold opium, fireworks and lead
Now I'm telling my troubles to strangers
When the shadows get long I be dead

Now her hair was as black as a...[Read More]

town-with-no-cheer 

Well it's hotter 'n blazes and all the long faces
there'll be no oasis for a dry local grazier
there'll be no refreshment for a thirsty jackaroo
from Melbourne to Adelaide on the overland...[Read More]

hang-me-in-the-bottle 

well you can hang me in a bottle like a cat
let the crows pick me clean but for my hat
where the wailing of a baby
meets the footsteps of the dead
we're all mad here
and the devil...[Read More]

underground 

Rattle Big Black Bones
in the Danger zone
there's a rumblin' groan
down below
there's a big dark town
it's a place I've found
there's a world going on
UNDERGROUND
the...[Read More]

swordfishtrombones 

Well he came home from the war
with a party in his head
and modified Brougham DeVille
and a pair of legs that opened up
like butterfly wings
and a mad dog that wouldn't
sit st...[Read More]

table-top-joe 

I knew one day
One, one, two, one, two, three

Well my mama didn't want me
On the day I was born
I was born without a body
I got nothing but scorn
But I always loved music...[Read More]

gin-soaked-boy 

I got a belly full of you
and that Leavenworth stuff
now I'm gonna get out
And I'm gonna get tough
you been lying to me
How could you crawl so low
with some gin-soaked boy
...[Read More]

burma,,shave 

A licorice tattoo turned a gun metal blue
Scrawled across the shoulders of a dying town
Took the one-eyed Jackson across the railroad tracks
And the scar on its belly pulled a stranger pa...[Read More]

make-it-rain 

She took all my money
And my best friend
You know the story
Here it comes again

I have no pride
I have no shame
You gotta make it rain
Make it rain

Since you...[Read More]

intro-to-putnam-county 

Well I think it's about time I took you on an improvisational adventure
Into the bowels of the metropolitan region
Looks like a bonafide, high voltage
Decked out in full regalia, Angelino...[Read More]

intro-to-big-joe-and-phantom-309 

Well now, it's story time again
I'm gonna tell you a story about a truck driver
Story's written by a guy named Red Sovine
It's call 'The Ballad Of Big Joe And Phantom 309'
...[Read More]

spare-parts-iI-and-closing 

I wanna thank you all very much for comin' this evening. It really made my
Night. It would have been real strange here if nobody would have showed up
I'd like to introduce my group this eveni...[Read More]

intro-to-better-off-without-a-wife 

For all the bachelors out there tonight, yeah for anybody who's never whistled this song
Maybe you whistled it but you lost the sheet music
Um...this is um...well actually I don't mind going ...[Read More]

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