Red Shoes by the Drugstore - Tom Waits

    She wore red shoes by the drugstore
    as the rain splashed the nickel
    spilled like chablis along the midway
    theres a little bluejay
    in a red dress, on a sad night

    one straw in a rootbeer
    a compact with a cracked mirror
    and a bottle of evening in paris perfume

    he told her to wait in by the magazines
    he had to take care of some buisness it seems
    bring a raincoat and a suitcase
    and your dark eyes
    and wear those red shoes

    theres a dark huddle at the bus stop
    umbrellas arranged in a sad bouquet
    li'l cesaer got caught
    he was going down to second
    he was cooled
    changing stations on the chamber
    to steal a diamond
    from a jewelry store for his baby
    he loved the way she looked in those red shoes

    she waited by the drugstore
    cesaer had never been this late before
    and the dogs bayed the moon
    and rattled their chains
    and the cold jingle of taps in a puddle
    was the burglar alarm
    snitchin on ceasar

    now the rain washes memories from the sidewalks
    and the hounds splash down the nickel
    full of soldiers
    and santa claus is drunk in the ski room
    and it's christmas eve in a sad cafe
    when the moon gets this way
    there's a little blue jay
    by the newstand
    wearing red shoes

    so meet me tonight by the drugstore
    we're goin out tonight
    wear your red shoes


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