Twenty-Nine Dollars  - Tom Waits

    Little black girl in a red dress
    on a hot night with a broken shoe
    little black girl you shoulda never left home
    theres probly someone thats still waitin up for you
    its cold back in chicago
    but in los angeles its worse
    when all you got is $29.00 and an alligator purse

    i see already that vulture in the fleetwood
    with the shartruse hood
    can see you're trying to get your bearings
    and you say hey which ways the main stem
    and where ever you say you're from
    he'll say he grew up there himself
    and he'll comeon and make you feel
    like you grew up right next door to him
    and you say take a left on central
    and he throws it in reverse
    cause you only got $29.00 and an alligator purse

    and he'll come on like a gentleman
    and you'll be a little shy
    you say your ex old man was a sax player
    he'll say baby i used to play bass for sly
    and you say you like his cadillac,
    say honey i got 2 or 3
    he'll say sweetheart you're sure fortunate
    that you ran into me
    when you've done a dime in the joint
    you figure nothin could be worse
    and you got $29.00 in an alligator purse

    well he got pharoh on the 8 track
    you start smokin a little boo
    you thinkin gettin out of chicago was the
    best thing ever happened to you
    but he ain't no good samaritan
    he'll make sure he's reimbursed
    lot more than $29.00 and an alligator purse

    now when the streets get hungry, baby
    you can almost hear them growl
    someone's setting a place for you
    when the dogs begin to howl

    well the streets are dead
    they creep up and ??? but it was left on the pole
    they make... suckers always make mistakes
    when they're far away from home
    Chicken in a pot
    Whoever gets their first
    Gonna get himself 29.00
    and an alligator purse

    now the sirens just an epilog
    the cops always get there too late
    they always stop for coffee
    on the way to the scene of the crime
    they always try so hard to look like movie stars
    they couldnt catch a cold
    you only wasting your dime
    and she's lucky to be alive
    the doctor whispered to the nurse
    she only lost a 1/2 pint of blood
    $29.00 and an alligator purse


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