The One That Got Away - Tom Waits

    The jigolo's jumpin salty
    ain't no trade out on the streets
    half past the unlucky
    and the hawk's a front-row seat
    dressed in full orquestration
    stage door johnnys got to pay
    and sent him home
    talking bout the one that got away

    could a been on easy street
    could a been a wheel
    with irons in the fire
    and all them business deals
    But the last of the big-time losers
    shouted before he drove away
    I'll be right back as soon as I crack
    the one that got away

    the ambulance drivers don't give a shit
    they just want to get off work
    and the short stop and the victim
    have already gone berserk
    and the shroud-tailor measures him
    for a deep-six holiday
    the stiff is froze, the case is closed
    on the one that got away

    Jim Crow's directing traffic
    with them cemetery blues
    with them peculiar looking trousers
    them old Italian shoes
    the wooden kimona was all ready
    to drop in San Francisco Bay
    but now he's mumbling something
    all about the one that got away

    Costello was the champion
    at the St. Moritz Hotel
    and the best this side of Fairfax,
    reliable sources tell
    but his reputation is at large
    and he's at Ben Frank's every day
    waiting for the one that got away

    he's got a snake skin sportshirt,
    and he looks like Vincent Price
    with a little piece of chicken
    and he's carving off a slice
    but someone tipped her off
    she'll be doing a Houdini now any day
    she shook his hustle
    and a Greyhound bus'll
    take the one that got away

    Andre is at the piano
    behind the Ivar in the sewers
    with a buck a shot for pop tunes,
    and a fin for guided tours
    He could of been in Casablanca
    he stood in line out there all day
    but now he's spilling whiskey
    and learning songs about a one that got away

    well I've lost my equilibrium
    my car keys and my pride
    tattoo parlor's warm
    and so I huddle there inside
    the grinding of the buzz saw
    just don't misspell her name
    buddy she's the one that got away


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