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Whistlin' past the graveyard

by Tom Waits


Well i come in on a night train
with an arm full of box cars
on the wings of a magpie
cross a hooligan night
and i busted up a chifforobe
way out by the cocomo
cooked up a mess a mulligan
and got into a fight

whistlin´ past the graveyard
steppin´ on a crack
i´m a mean motherhubbard
papa one eyes jack

you probably seen me sleepin´
out by the railroad tracks
go on and ask the prince of darkness
what about all thet smoke
come from the stack
sometimes i kill myself a jackel
suck out all the blood
steal myself a stationwagon
drivin´ through the mud
whistlin´ past the graveyard
steppin´ on a crack
i´m mean motherhubbard
papa one eyed jack

i know you seen my headlights
and the honkin´ of my horn
i´m callin´ out my bloodhounds
chase the devil through the corn
last night i chugged the mississippi
now that suckers dry as a bone
born in a taxi cab
i´m never comin´ home

whistlin´ past the graveyard
steppin´ on a crack
i´m mean motherhubbard
papa one eyed jack

myeyes have seen the glory
of the drainin´ og the ditch
i only come to baton rouge
to find myself a witch
i´m-ona snatch me up a
couple of em every time itrains
you see a locomotive
probably thinkin´ its a train

whistlin´ past the graveyard
steppin´ on a crack
i´m a mean motherhubbard
papa one eyed jack

what you think is the sunshine
is just a twinkle in my eye
that ring around my fingers
just the 4th of july
when i get a little bit lonesome
and a tear falls from my check
theres gonna be an ocean in
the middle of the week

whistlin´ past the graveyard
steppin´ on a crack
i´m mean motherhubbard
papa one eyed jack

i rode into town on a night train
with an arm full of box cars
on the wings of a magpie
cross a hooligan night
i´m-ona tear me off a rainbow
and wear it for a tie
i never told the truth
so i can never tell a lie

whistlin´ past the graveyard
steppin´ on a crack
i´m mean motherhubbard
papa one eyed jack





 

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