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Tom Traubert's Blues
Tom Waits Lyrics


Wasted and wounded, it ain't what the moon did
I got what I paid for now
See ya tomorrow, hey Frank can I borrow
A couple of bucks from you
To go waltzing Matilda, waltzing Matilda, you'll go waltzing Matilda 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 Matilda, waltzing Matilda, you'll go waltzing Matilda with me

Now the dogs are barking
And the taxicabs 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 buried the dagger in
Your silhouette window light
To go waltzing Matilda, waltzing Matilda, you'll go waltzing Matilda with me

Now I've lost my St. Christopher
Now that I've kissed her and the
And the one-armed bandit knows
And the maverick Chinaman, and the cold-blooded signs
And the girls down by the strip tease shows go
Waltzing Matilda, waltzing Matilda, you'll go waltzing Matilda with me

No, I don't want your sympathy
The fugitives say that the streets aren't for dreaming now
Manslaughter dragnets and the ghosts that sell memories
They want a piece of the action anyhow
Go waltzing Matilda, waltzing Matilda, you'll go waltzing Matilda with me

And you can ask any sailor
And the keys from the jailer
And the old men in wheelchairs know
That Matilda's the defendant, she killed about a hundred
And she follows wherever you may go
Waltzing Matilda, waltzing Matilda, you'll go waltzing Matilda with me

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 watchman flame keepers
And goodnight Matilda, too

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Written by: Tom Waits

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Michael Parker

I'm a recovering alcoholic, but I still get the urge to drink from time to time. I listen to this song of a stranger in a strange land, totally drunk, and lost. It brings me back and the urge to drink passes. My Doctors tell me that if I were to continue to waltz with Matilda that it will kill me way, way before my time. I listened to them, got sober, and I'm due for a liver transplant in a year or so. I would've been dead a long time ago if it weren't for this song. Thank you, Tom Waits, for helping me stay sober.

Glenn Griffon

Hope you got your transplant

Madeleine Perkins

Michael. What you did takes courage and character. Stay sober and live a fully engaged life that isn't perfect but preferable to a life blurred by alcohol. ❤

Sam Kelly

Dude, nice. I used to be a booze addict too, and this song doesn't help at all. :D
When me friends see me playin' it, or anythin' by Mr. Waits fo' that matter, they like: "Bro, you drunk again"?

Darren Hunt

The power of music my friend 😊 I’m in recovery too; it’s hard at times but songs like this keep us strong when listened to in context. Good luck on your journey 🙏🤞😊

Joe Monte

Did you get your transplant? I hope it goes well.

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Alec Alexander

I heard the Rod Stewart version and thought it was pretty good. And then I heard Tom's original. I'm nearly 70 and been listening to music all my life (well nearly). This stopped me in my tracks (poor pun). I just burst into tears, as I have each time since. This is beautiful/tragic/emotionally shattering but makes me feel human. You're never as in touch with your emotions as when you cry and Tom can make you laugh and cry and sometimes at the same time. Thank you Tom.

Chris Kumka

Agree should be ashamed 😔

Don Stables

Rod Stewart singing Tom Waits songs??🤮. Bad idea.

Glenn Griffon

Rod ain't bad, but Tom, he can take you for a walk down a damp alley and through the mazes of corridors behind the businesses and apartments, orange glow of streetlights above you. He can show you the depressing side of the world as he shows you people living on the streets just trying to get by, people in their apartments above screaming at each other and tearing one another apart. The cold, lonely atmosphere of a city with empty streets. And in the midsts of showing you all of this he can either scare the life out of you or he can turn it all around and show that even in the midsts of soul crushing poverty there are still beautiful things to be found and appreciated.
He will excite you, scare you, thrill you, make you depressed, make you nostalgic, make you wistful, make you happy, make you sad, and in the end you will thank him and come back for more because there's just no one who does it quite the same way.

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