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Foreign affair

by Tom Waits


When travelling abroad in the continental style
it´s my belief one must attempt to be discreet
and subsequently bear in mind your transient position
allows you a perspective that´s unique
though you´ll find your itinerary´s a blessing and a curse
your wanderlust won´t let you settle down
and you´ll wonder how you ever fathomed that you´d be content
to stay within the city limits of a small midwestern town
most vagabonds i knowed don´t ever want to find the culprit
that remains the object of their long relentless quest
the obsession´s in the chasing and not the apprehending
the pursuit you see and never the arrest

without fear of contradiction bon voyage is always hollered
in conjunction with a handkerchief from shore
by a girl that drives a rambler and furthermore
is overly concerned that she won´t see him anymore
planes and trains and boats and buses
characteristically evoke a common attitude of blue
unless you have a suitcase and a ticket and a passport
and the cargo that they´re carrying is you
a foreign affair juxtaposed with a stateside
and domestically approved romantic fancy
is mysteriously attractive due to circumstances knowing
it will only be parlayed into a memory





 

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