Top 10 Tom Waits Lyrics
#10 - THE WAGES OF LOVE
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"Your shovel's a shot glass, dig your own hole

Bury what's left of your miserable soul

Down thru the ages, all of the sages

Said don't spend your wages on love"

#09 - I HOPE THAT I DON'T FALL IN LOVE WITH YOU
I HOPE THAT I DON'T FALL IN LOVE WITH YOU Image

"Now it's closing time, the music's fading out

Last call for drinks, I'll have another stout.

Well I turn around to look at you,

you're nowhere to be found,

I search the place for your lost face,

guess I'll have another round

And I think that I just fell in love with you."

#08 - VIRGINIA AVENUE
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"Every town I go to is like a lock without a key

Those I leave behind are catching up on me"

#07 - OLD SHOES (AND PICTURE POSTCARDS)
OLD SHOES (AND PICTURE POSTCARDS) Image

"I can see by your eyes, it's time to go

So I'll leave you to cry in the rain,

Though I held in my hand, the key to all joy

Honey my heart was not born to be tamed.

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 I kiss you, and then I'll be gone."

#06 - A SIGHT FOR SORE EYES
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"I'll be clickin' by your house about two forty-five

"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"

#05 - JACK & NEAL
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"countin one eyed jacks and whistling dixie in the car

neal was doin least a hundred when we saw a fallin star

florence wished that neal would hold her stead of chewin

his cigar jack was noddin out and dreamin he was in a bar

with charlie parker on the bandstand not a worry in the world

and a glass of beer in one hand and his arm around a girl

and neal was singin to the nurse

underneath a harlem moon

and somehow you could just tell we'd be in california soon"

#04 - BAD LIVER AND A BROKEN HEART
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"Well I got a bad liver and a broken heart

yea I drunk me a river since you tore me apart

and I don't have a drinking problem

'cept when I can't get a drink"

#03 - PASTIES AND A G-STRING
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"and it's a fish-net stockings

spike-heel shoes

Strip tease, prick tease

car kease blues

and the porno floor show

live nude girls

dreamy and creamy

and the brunette curls

Chesty Morgan and a 

Watermelon Rose

raise my rent and take off

all your clothes

with the trench coats

magazines bottle full of rum

she's so good, it make

a dead man cum, with

pasties and a g-string

beer and a shot"

#02 - THE PIANO HAS BEEN DRINKING
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"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 break

'cause the telephone's out of cigarettes

and the balcony's on the make

and the piano has been drinking

the piano has been drinking . . ."

#01 - WARM BEER AND COLD WOMEN
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"now the moon's rising

ain't got no time to lose

tell the band to play the blues

drinks are on me, I'll buy another round

at the last ditch attempt saloon"

User Comments - Add a Comment
lemoonhead - 2015-12-18 16:07:37

One of the great songwriter/lyricist of our time. Unique voice too