Black Wings
Tom Waits Lyrics


Well, take an eye for an eye
A tooth for a tooth
Just like they say in the Bible
Well, never leave a trace or forget a face
Of any man at the table
Any man at the table
When the moon is a cold chiseled dagger
And it's sharp enough to draw blood from a stone
He rides through your dreams on a coach and horses
And the fenceposts in the moonlight look like bones

Well they've stopped trying to hold him
With mortar, stone and chain
He broke out of every prison
When the boots mount the staircase
And the door is flung back open
He's not there for he has risen
He's not there for he has risen

Some say he once killed a man with a guitar string
He's been seen at the table with kings
Well, he once saved a baby from drowning
There are those who say beneath his coat there are wings
Well, some say they fear him

Well, some say they fear him
Others admire him
Because he steals his promise
But one look in his eye
And everyone denies
Ever having met him
Ever having met him

He can turn himself into a stranger
Well, they broke a lot of canes on his hide
He was born away in a cornfield
A fever beats in his head just like a drum inside

Some say they fear him
Others admire him
Because he steals his promise
But one look in his eye
Everyone denies
Ever having met him
Ever having met him
Ever having met him
Ever having met him
Ever having met him
Ever having met him

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG Rights Management
Written by: KATHLEEN BRENNAN, THOMAS ALAN WAITS

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William Carruthers

'Some say he once killed a man, with a guitar string' My favourite lyric ever.

Boo Spanyer Cassiopeia

Tom Waits is a poet and a mad genius so amazing :)

Frownland81

I love the almost noirish and spaghetti western quality of this song, it's so haunting and so unique.

IndieMovie 4 Life

It could be the soundtrack of someone traveling through the desert on a motorcycle.

rav3n83

"Sharp enough to draw blood from a stone." Metal af.

josa115

The lyrics are incredible. I think Waits is a better lyricist than even Bob Dylan.

swami fakkananda

@Shadow Knight this PARTUCULAR ONE yes.

Shadow Knight

@swami fakkananda This character has a strong mysterious power - very enticing!

swami fakkananda

@Shadow Knight u want 2 b a character in one of these songs????? Wooooow bebe. I like the lyrics but NEVER wanted 2 b in them

Shadow Knight

@swami fakkananda I'll let Mr. Waits reply for me: "There are those who say beneath his coat there are wings.... When the moon is a cold chiseled dagger.... They broke a lot of canes on his hide..." My words are weak in comparison. This is a dark messianic beast of a man.

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