Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Whistle Down the Wind (Tom Waits Sings My Heart)

As is so often the case, Tom Waits sings the words that my heart can’t articulate.


“I’ve grown up here now, all my life.  But I dreamed someday I’d go…

…I’m not all I thought I’d be.  I always stayed around…

…I can’t stay here and I’m scared to leave…
 …If I stay here I’ll rust…”


Whistle Down The Wind
By Tom Waits

I've grow up here now
all of my life
But I dreamed
Someday I'd go
Where blue eyed girls
And red guitars and
Naked rivers flow

I'm not all I thought I'd be
I always stayed around
I've been as far as Mercy and Grand
Frozen to the ground
I can't stay here and I'm scared to leave
(Just kiss me once and then)
I'll go to hell
I might as well
Be whistlin' down the wind

The bus at the corner
The clock's on the wall
Broken windmill
There's no wind at all
I've yelled and I've cursed
If I stay here I'll rust
I'm stuck like a shipwreck
Out here in the dust

Sky is red
And the world's on fire
And the corn is taller than me
The dog is tied
To a wagon of rain
And the road is as wet as the sea
And sometimes the music from a dance
Will carry across the plains
And the places that I'm dreaming of
Do they dream only of me?
There are places where they never sleep
And the circus never ends
So I will take the Marley Bone Coach
And Whistle down the wind

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