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Well with buck shot eyes and a purple heart
I rolled down the national stroll
and with a big fat paycheck
strapped to my hip sack
and a shore leave wristwatch underneath
my sleeve
in a Hong Kong drizzle on Cuban heels
I rowed down the gutter to the Blood Bank
and I'd left all my papers on the Ticonderoga
and was in a bad need of a shave
and so I slopped at the corner on cold chow mein
and shot billards with a midget
until the rain stopped
and I bought a long sleeved shirt
with horses on the front
and some gum and a lighter and a knife
and a new deck of cards (with girls on the back)
and I sat down and wrote a letter to my wife

and I said Baby, I'm so far away from home
and I miss my Baby so
I can't make it by myself
I love you so

Well I was pacing myself
trying to make it all last
squeezing all the life
out of a lousy two day pass
and I had a cold one at the Dragon
with some Filipino floor show
and talked baseball with a lieutenant
over a Singapore sling
and I wondered how the same moon outside
over this Chinatown fair
could look down on Illinois
and find you there
and you know I love you Baby

and I'm so far away from home
and I miss my Baby so
I can't make it by myself
I love you so


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Mar. 23rd, 2005 12:43 pm (UTC)
I no longer have the song either. I lost all my mp3's a few months ago in a hard drive crash, and that is something i have likewise been unable to replace.
Mar. 23rd, 2005 03:44 pm (UTC)
and the jackhammer's diggin up the sidewalk again
Funny timing. I bought this on LP in Portugal, just listened to it for the first time the other day. There are so many buried harmonics and shit in TW's music... In The Neighborhood sounds magnificent on record at high volume.
Mar. 23rd, 2005 03:49 pm (UTC)
i am such a junkie
i promised myself never to get into vinyl, cuz it would break me. i have that collectorish tendency, and i need to be getting rid of shit, not wasting money on more of it.

tom waits is one of the central pillars of my universe. i don't claim to "get" all his stuff, but i love every bit of it.
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