Frank's Wild Years
Tom Waits Lyrics

Well, Frank settled down in the Valley
And he hung his wild years on a nail that he drove through his wife's forehead
He sold used office furniture out there on San Fernando Road
And assumed a thirty thousand dollar loan at fifteen and a quarter percent
And put a down payment on a little two bedroom place
His wife was a spent piece of used jet trash
Made good bloody Marys, kept her mouth shut most of the time
Had a little Chihuahua named Carlos
That had some kind of skin disease and was totally blind
They had a thoroughly modern kitchen, self-cleaning oven, the whole bit
Frank drove a little sedan, yhey were so happy
One night Frank was on his way home from work, stopped at the liquor store
Picked up a couple of Mickey's Big Mouths
Drank 'em in the car on his way to the Shell station
Got a gallon of gas in a can
Drove home, doused everything in the house, torched it
Parked across the street laughing, watching it burn
All Halloween-orange and chimney-red
Then Frank put on a top forty station
Got on the Hollywood Freeway, headed north
Never could stand that dog

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Never could stand that dog.


You know it's a trap, right? Govt upload these to find out who's stupid enough to just key in part of the lyric. Next you'll be sterilised or lobotomised if it's not too late.


Torched it.
(ah-he-hum. Mmhh.)

That little cough/affirmative always gets me. In that little sound is everything that makes Tom Waits the masterful player piano of both the depths and the swill of the human emotional landscape.
I love you, Tom.

Cathal Griffin

In my early twenties I recited this at a family gathering mainly the women just my uncle was there and when I finished they just say there with their mouths hanging open in shock 🤣

Susan Predis


Naseem Brunswick


Peter Davies

I bet that was some night.


Frank drove a little sedan. They were so happy.


This album got me through the fucking Navy.

David lee Garner

Kirke182 did ya shoot pool with a midgit

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