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 © Copyright Tom Waits
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 Email: Ignatoff@bigfoot.com
 Date: 10 Feb 1999

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                                                Act 3

Rain Dogs                                                        
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     Waits     "...        .
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Inside a broken clock,                                            
splashing the wine with all the rain dogs                            
Taxi, we'd rather walk,                                           
huddle a doorway with the rain dogs                                  
For I am a rain dog, too                                          ,    !

Oh, how we danced and we swallowed the night                    ,   ,  
For it was all ripe for dreaming                                ,    
Oh, how we danced away all of the lights                        ,   ,    ,
We've always been out of our minds                                 

The rum pours strong and thin,                                     
beat out the dustman with the rain dogs                           ,   
Aboard a shipwreck train,                                          
give my umbrella to the rain dogs                                    
For I am a rain dog, too                                          ,    !

Oh, how we danced and we swallowed the night                    ,   ,  
Her long hair black as a raven                                     
Oh, how we danced and you whispered to me                       ,   ,    
You'll never be going back home                                     
Oh, how we danced with the Rose of Tralee                       ,   ,    Tralee
Her long hair black as a raven                                     
Oh, how we danced and you whispered to me                       ,   ,    
You'll never be going back home                                     

Rose of Tralee -   

Train Song                                                       

Well I broke down in E. St. Louis                               ,   C-
On the Kansas City line                                            -
and I drunk up all my money                                          
that I borrowed every time                                          
and I fell down at the derby                                        
and now the night's  black as a crow                              ,  , 
It was a train that took me away from here                        ,    
but a train can't bring me home                                      
What made my dreams so hollow                                       
was standing at the depot                                           
with a steeple full of swallows                                      
that could never ring the bell                                      
and I come ten thousand miles away                                  
with not one thing to show                                           
well it was a train that took me away from here                  ,   ,    
but a train can't bring me home                                      
I remember when I left                                           ,   ,
without bothering to pack                                            ,
you know I up and left with                                         
just the clothes I  had  on my back                                  
now I'm sorry for what I've done                                    
and I'm out here on my own                                           
well it was a train that took me away from                       ,   ,    
here but a train can't bring me home                                 

16 shells from a 30.6                                           16   36.

I plugged 16 shells from a thirty-ought-six                       16   36
and a Black Crow snuck through a hole in the sky                 " "     
so I spent all my buttons on an old pack mule                          
and I made me a ladder from a pawn shop marimba                         
and I leaned it up against a dandelion tree                            
and I leaned it up against a dandelion tree                            

And I filled me a sachel full of old pig corn                         
and I beat me a billy from an old French horn                      
and I kicked that mule to the top of the tree                         
and I blew me a hole 'bout the size of a kickdrum                      -
and I cut me a switch from a long branch elbow                        
Chorus                                                          
I'm gonna whittle you into kindlin'                                ,
Black Crow 16 shells from a thirty-ought-six                     , 16   36
whittle you into kindlin'                                          ,
Black Crow 16 shells from a thirty-ought-six                     , 16   36

Well I slept in the holler                                      ,    
of a dry creek bed                                                
and I tore out the buckets                                           
from a red Corvette, tore out the buckets from a red Corvette        
Lionel and Dave and the Butcher made three                             
you got to meet me by the knuckles of the skinnybone tree            
with the strings of a Washburn                                    
stretched like a clothes line                                       
you know me and that mule scrambled right through the hole             ,   
you know me and that mule scrambled right through the hole             ,   
Chorus                                                          
I'm gonna whittle you into kindlin'                                ,
Black Crow 16 shells from a thirty-ought-six                     , 16   36
whittle you into kindlin'                                          ,
Black Crow 16 shells from a thirty-ought-six                     , 16   36

Now I hold him prisoner in a Washburn jail                            
that stapped on the back of my old kick mule                         
strapped it on the back of my old kick mule                          
I bang on the strings just to drive him crazy                       ,   
I strum it loud just to rattle his cage                             ,   
strum it loud just to rattle his cage                               ,   
Chorus                                                          
I'm gonna whittle you into kindlin'                                ,
Black Crow 16 shells from a thirty-ought-six                     , 16   36
whittle you into kindlin'                                          ,
Black Crow 16 shells from a thirty-ought-six                     , 16   36

I'll Take New York                                                -

I'll tip the newsboy                                                
I'll get a shine                                                   
I'll ride this dream                                              
to the end of the line                                            
I'm going places                                                  
I'll take  a ride                                                
Up to the Riverside                                              
I'll take NY                                                      -
I'll let it happen                                                
I'll pop the cork                                                 
tear off the wrapping                                            
I'll make a splash on the Hudson                                  
that's how I will arrive                                         - ,   
Hey, do you have two tens for a five?                           ,     ?
Roll out the carpet                                              
Strike up the band                                               
break into the best                                               
champagne when I land                                             
Beat the parade drum                                              
hit all the bars                                                   
I want the moon and stars                                           
But I'll take NY                                                   -
I'll make it happen                                               
Blow out the candlels                                            
tear off the wrappin'                                            
And I know someday                                                 -
they'll have to name a street after me                             
right next door to old Franklin                                     


More Than Rain                                                     ( )

This is about all the bad days in the world...                                     -      .
I used I have so little bad days and I kept to mini little bucks                ,        ,      
and one day I trough the ??? the yard.                                                .
Oh, just a couple little innocent bad days.                                     ,  -     .
Well we have a big grain.                                                              ..
I don't now why ever growing in.                                                       - .
But I think we used put act shows after ring, coffee grounds too.                 ,        ,   -  ..
Why don't plant your bad days the growing to weeks, weeks growing to months        ?      , ,   
Before you know you got yourself bad you.                                       ,   ,     ...
Take it from me.                                                                  .
Choke those little bad days                                                         !
Choke'em damn'em nothing                                                            !
Where're your days - choke'em!                                                     -!
You choke my days - I'll choke yours.                                               -   !..

It's more than rain that falls on our parade tonight             -   ,     ,
it's more than thunder it's more than thunder                     ,   
it's more  than a bad dream now well I'm soaped                   ,     
it's more than sad times  it's more than sad times                ,   .
none of our pockets are filled with gold                          , ,   ,
nobody's caught the boquet                                         
We run the darkness streets of the world                              
I'm driving crazy of your                                            ...
It's more than trouble but I've gun myselfing too                ,     
it's more than woe-be-gotten grey skies now                          
none of our pockets are filled with gold                          , ,   ,
nobody's caught the boquet                                         
We run the darkness streets of the world                              
I'm driving crazy of your                                            ...
and it's more than goodbye I have to say to you                  ,  ,     
it's more than woe-be-gotten grey skies now                          
and it's more than goodbye I have to say to you                  ,  ,     
it's more than woe-be-gotten grey skies now                          


Johnsburg, Illinois                                             ,  .
                                                                   ,  .

She's my only true love                                          - 
she's all that I think of                                          
look here in my wallet                                             
that's her                                                       - 
She grew up on a farm there                                       
there's a place on my arm                                          
where I've written her name                                        
next to mine                                                    
you see I just can't                                               
live without her                                                
and I'm her only boy                                               
and she grew up outside McHenry                                     
in Johnsburg, Illinois                                           ,  .

Innocent When You Dream                                         ,   

The bats are in the belfry                                        
the dew is on the moor                                             - 
where are the arms that held me                                 ,   
and pledged her love before                                       
and pledged her love before                                       
Chorus:                                                         :
It's such a sad old feeling                                       
the fields are soft and green                                      
it's memories that I'm stealing                                  
but you're innocent when you dream                                ,   
when you dream                                                    
you're innocent when you dream                                    ,   

Running through the graveyard                                     
we laughed my friends and I                                        
we swore we'd be together                                       , 
until the day we died                                             
until the day we died                                             
Repeat chorus                                                   

I made a golden promise                                            
that we would never part                                          
I gave my love a locket                                            
and then I broke her heart                                         
and then I broke her heart                                         
Repeat chorus                                                   


Big Black Mariah                                                  

Well cutting through the canebrake, rattling the sill           ,   ,   - 
Thunder that the rain makes when the shadow tops the hill         ,      
Big light on the back street, hill to ever more                    ,   - 
Packing down the ladder with the hammer to the floor                  
Here come the Big Black Mariah, here come the Big Black Mariah      ,     
Here come the Big Black Mariah, I seen the big black Ford           ,     

Well he's all boxed up on a red belle dame                      ,     ,     
Hunted Black Johnny with a blind man's cane                           
A yellow bullet with a rag out in the wind                         
An old blind tiger, got an old bell Jim                           ,   
Here come the Big Black Mariah, here come the Big Black Mariah      ,     
Here come the Big Black Mariah, here come the big black Ford        ,     

Sent to the skies on a Benny Jag Blue                                
Off to bed without his supper like a Linda brides do                    
He got to do the story with the old widow Jones                       
Got a wooden coat, this boy is never coming home                      
Here come the Big Black Mariah, here come the Big Black Mariah      ,     
Here come the Big Black Mariah, I seen that big black Ford          ,     
Cut through the canebrake, oh yeah                                 ,  .

Well he's all boxed up on a red belle dame                      ,     ,     
Flat Blue Johnny with a blind man's cane                             
A hundred yellow bullets shook a rag out in the wind                
An old blind tiger, on a bell you win                             ,  -  .
Here come the Big Black Mariah, here come the Big Black Mariah      ,     
Here come the Big Black Mariah, here come the big black Ford        ,     


                        CD  (     Video)

Undeground                                                       .

Rattle Big Black Bones                                             
in the Danger zone                                                
there's a rumblin' groan                                          
down below                                                       - 
there's a big dark town                                           
it's a place I've found                                           
there's a world going on                                           
Underground                                                      

they're alive, they're awake                                     ,  
while the rest of the world is asleep                            ,      
below the mine shaft roads                                        
it will all unfold                                                
there's a world going on                                           
Underground                                                      

all the roots hang down                                           
swing from town to town                                          
they are marching around                                         
down under your boots                                             
all the trucks unload                                             
beyond the gopher holes                                          
there's a world going on                                           
Underground                                                      



Yesterday Is Here                                                 

If you want money in your pocket                                    
and a top hat on your head                                         
a hot meal on your table                                           
and a blanket on your bed                                           .
well today is grey skies                                           
tomorrow is tears                                                  
you'll have to wait til yesterday is here                            
Well I'm going to New York City                                  ,     --
and I'm leaving on a train                                       ,   
and if you want to stay behind and                                 - 
wait til I come back again                                         -    
well today is grey skies                                           
tomorrow is tears                                                  
you'll have to wait til yesterday is here                            
If you want to go                                                  
where  the rainbows end                                         ,   
you'll have to say goodbye                                          
all our dreams come true                                            
baby up ahead                                                   , ,  
and it's out where  your memories lie                           ,    
well the road's out before me                                    ,    
and the moon is shining bright                                     
what I want you to remember                                       ,   
as I disappear tonight                                          ,   
today is grey skies                                                
tomorrow's tears                                                   
you'll have to wait til yesterday is here                            
you'll have to wait til yesterday is here                            

Ruby's Arms                                                      

i will leave behind all of my clothes,                             
i wore when i was with you,                                           
all I need's my railroad boots,                                   ,
and my leather jacket,                                               
as i say goodbye to ruby's arms,                                     
although my heart is breaking,                                     
i will steal away out through your blinds,                           
for soon you will be waking.                                       

the morning light has washed your face,                             
and everything is turning blue now,                                
hold on to your pillow case                                        
there's nothing i can do now,                                      
as i say goodbye to ruby's arms,                                    
you'll find another soldier,                                       
and i swear to god by christmastime                                 
there will be someone else to hold you.                             

the only thing i'm taking is                                        
the scarf off of your clothesline,                                 
i'll hurry past your chest of drawers,                             
and your broken window chimes,                                       
as i say goodbye i'll say goodbye,                                ,    
say goodbye to ruby's arms.                                        .

i'll feel my way down the darken hall,                             ,
and out into the morning,                                          
the hobos at the freight yards,                                    
have kept their fires burning,                                    
so jesus christ this goddamn rain,                              ,  ,   ,
will someone put me on a train,                                      
i'll never kiss your lips again,                                    
or break your heart,                                                
as i say goodbye i'll say goodbye,                                 , ,   ,
say goodbye to ruby's arms.                                        .

Red Shoes by the Drugstore                                         

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                                            
snitching 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                                                

Falling Down                                                    

I have come 500 miles just to see a halo                          500 ,    
Come from St. Petersburg, Scarlett and me                        -    
Well I open my eyes, I was blind as can be                       ,   ,    ,
When you give a man luck, he must fall in the sea                 ,      
And she wants you to steal and get caught                         ,      
For she loves you for all that you are not                          ,   - 
When you're falling down, falling down                             ,  
When you're falling down, falling down, falling down               ,  

You forget all the roses, don't come around on Sunday              ,    
She's not gonna choose you for standing so tall                        
Go on and take a swig of that poison and like it                ,       
And don't ask for silverware, don't ask for nothing                 ,    
Go on and put your ear to the ground                            ,     
You know you will be hearing that sound......falling down.       ,     -  
You're falling down, falling down                                 ,  
Falling down, Falling down, falling down                         ,  ,  
When you're falling down, falling down, falling down               ,  

Go on down and see that wrecking ball come swinging on along      ,   
Everyone knew that hotel was a goner                              ,   
They broke all the windows, they took all the door knobs           ,     
And they hauled it away in a couple of days                           
Now someone yell timber and take off your hat                    -  ,   
It's a lot smaller down here on the ground                            
You're falling down, falling down, falling down                   ,  
Falling down, falling down, falling down                         ,  ,  

Someone's falling down, falling down, falling down              -  ,  ,  
Falling down, falling down, falling down                         ,  ,  .

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