Better Off Without a Wife
Tom Waits Lyrics

All my friends are married
Every Tom and Dick and Harry
You must be strong
To go it alone
Here's to the bachelors
And the bowery bums
And those who feel that they're the ones
Who are better off without a wife
I like to sleep until the crack of noon
Midnight howlin' at the moon
Goin' out when I wanto, comin' home when I please
I don't have to ask permission
If I want to go out fishing
And I never have to ask for the keys
Never been no Valentino
Had a girl who lived in Reno
Left me for a trumpet player
Didn't get me down
He was wanted for assault
Though he said it weren't his fault
Well the coppers rode him right
Out of town
(chorus) selfish about my privacy
As long as I can be with me
We get along so well I can't believe
I love to chew the fat with folks
And listen to all your dirty jokes
I'm so thankful for these friends
I do receive

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Written by: TOM WAITS

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David Carpenter

Tom Waits in the 70s was half character actor, half musician, and half stand-up comic. He had it all, and then some. The 150% man!

SA Yeager

He's about the same still. Hope for another tour.

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Jeff Baker

Dude is unreal. Can't get enough of this.

"I'm not WEIRD about it or anything..."


Tom has been married to the same woman for 38 years.

Jeff Baker

pretorious700 But he still calls himself up. 😀

Kim Sherwood

“ I’m not weird about it or anything.” “I don’t tie myself up first.” I love this man.

Jeff Baker

Fucking genius. Shake the handle...


This Song got me Through my First Divorce. Thanks Tom.... two years before I was born you were already Saving my life.

Chris Price

my dad played this song for my mom on their first date and I played this song for my wife on our first date, and again at our wedding.

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