*New Music Monday* My Version of “Tom Traubert’s Blues” by Tom Waits

246. Tom WaitsIt’s New Music Monday! This week, it’s my version of “Tom Traubert’s Blues” by Tom Waits:

Tom Traubert’s Blues

Wasted and wounded, it ain’t what the moon did
I’ve got what I paid for now
See you tomorrow, hey Frank, can I borrow a couple of bucks from you
To go waltzing Mathilda, waltzing Mathilda,
You’ll go waltzing Mathilda with me

I’m an innocent victim of a blinded alley
And I’m tired of all these soldiers here
No one speaks English, and everything’s broken
And my Stacys are soaking wet
To go waltzing Mathilda, waltzing Mathilda,
You’ll go waltzing Mathilda with me

Now the dogs are barking and the taxi cabs parking
A lot they can do for me
I begged you to stab me; you tore my shirt open,
And I’m down on my knees tonight
Old Bushmills I staggered, you’d bury the dagger
In your silhouette window light go …

No, I don’t want your sympathy, the fugitives say
That the streets aren’t for dreaming now
And manslaughter dragnets and the ghosts that sell memories,
They want a piece of the action anyhow …

And you can ask any sailor, and the keys from the jailor,
And the old men in wheelchairs know
And Mathilda’s the defendant; she killed about a hundred,
And she follows wherever you may go …

And it’s a battered old suitcase to a hotel someplace,
And a wound that will never heal
No prima donna, the perfume is on an
Old shirt that is stained with blood and whiskey
And goodnight to the street sweepers, the night watchmen flame keepers
And goodnight to Mathilda, too

Written by Tom Waits

(Photo Credit: Colm Henry)

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2 comments on “*New Music Monday* My Version of “Tom Traubert’s Blues” by Tom Waits

  1. Listened a few times by now, smashing version of great choice, perfect for a Monday, mind you, was all right on Tuesday and come to think of it, worth writing about while I’m at it on Wednesday, thanks again, Kevin

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