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Lucinda

by Tom Waits


Well, they call me William the Pleaser
I sold opium, fireworks and lead
Now I´m telling my troubles to strangers
When the shadows get long I´ll be dead

Now, her hair was as black as a bucket of tar
Her skin as white as a cuttlefish bone
I left Texas to follow Lucinda
Now I´ll never see heaven or home

I made a wish on a sliver of moonlight
A sly grin and a bowl full of stars
Like a kid who captures a firefly
And leaves it only to die in the jar

As I kick at the clouds at my hanging
As I swing out over the crowd
I will search every face for Lucinda´s
And she will go off with me down to hell

I thought I´d broke loose of Lucinda
The rain returned and so did the wind
I cast this burden on the god that´s within me
And I´ll leave this old world and go free

The devil dances inside empty pockets
But she never wanted money or pearls
No, that wasn´t enough for Lucinda
She wasn´t that kind of girl

Now I´ve fallen from grace for Lucinda
Whoever thought that hell be´d so low
I did well for an old tin can sailor
But she wanted the bell in my soul

I´ve spoken the god on the mountain
And I´ve swam in the Irish sea
I ate fire and drank from the Ganges
And I´ll beg there for mercy for me

I thought I´d broke loose from Lucinda
The rain returned and so did the wind
I was standing outside the Whitehorse
Oh but I was afraid to go in

I heard someone pull the trigger
Her breasts heaved in the moonlight again
There was a smear of gold in the window
And then I was the jewel of her sin

They call me William the Pleaser
I sold opium, fireworks and lead
Now I´m telling my troubles to strangers
When the shadows get long I´ll be dead

Now her hair was a black as a bucket of tar
Skin as white as a cuttlefish bone
I left Texas to follow Lucinda
I know I´ll never see heaven or home
I know I´ll never see heaven or home
I know I´ll never see heaven or home





 

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