Swordfishtrombone - Tom Waits

    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 still
    he went and took up with a Salvation Army
    Band girl
    who played dirty water
    on a swordfishtrombone
    he went to sleep at the bottom of
    Tenkiller lake
    and he said "gee, but it's
    great to be home."

    Well he came home from the war
    with a party in his head
    and an idea for a fireworks display
    and he knew that he'd be ready with
    a stainless steel machete
    and a half a pint of Ballentine's
    each day
    and he holed up in room above a hardware store
    cryin' nothing there but Hollywood tears
    and he put a spell on some
    poor little Crutchfield girl
    and stayed like that for 27 years

    Well he packed up all his
    expectations he lit out for California
    with a flyswatter banjo on his knee
    with a lucky tiger in his angel hair
    and benzedrine for getting there
    they found him in a eucalyptus tree
    lieutenant got him a canary bird
    and shaked her head with every word
    and Chesterfielded moonbeams in a song
    and he got 20 years for lovin' her
    from some Oklahoma governor
    said everything this Doughboy
    does is wrong

    Now some say he's doing
    the obituary mambo
    and some say he's hanging on the wall
    perhaps this yarn's the only thing
    that holds this man together
    some say he was never here at all

    Some say they saw him down in
    Birmingham, sleeping in a
    boxcar going by
    and if you think that you can tell a bigger tale
    I swear to God you'd have to tell a lie...


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