I Can't Wait to Get Off Work
Tom Waits Lyrics

I don't mind working, 'cause I used to be jerking off most of my time in bars,
I've been a cabbie and a stock clerk and a soda-fountain jock-jerk
And a manic mechanic on cars.
It's nice work if you can get it, now who the hell said it?
I got money to spend on my gal,
But the work never stops, and I'll be busting my chops
Working for Joe and Sal.

And I can't wait to get off work and see my baby,
She said she'd leave the porch light on for me.
I'm disheveled and I'm disdainful and I'm distracted and it's painful,
But this job sweeping up here is gainfully employing me tonight.

Well Tom, do this and Tom, do that, and Tom, don't do that,
Count the cash, clean the oven, dump the trash,
Oh your loving is a rare and a copacetic gift,
And I'm a moonlight watch manic, it's hard to be romantic
Sweeping up over by the cigarette machine,
Sweeping up over by the cigarette machine

I can't wait to get off work and see my baby
She'll be waiting up with a magazine for me.
Clean the bathrooms and clean 'em good, oh your loving I wish you would
Come down here and sweep a-me off my feet, this broom'll have to be my baby,
If I hurry, I just might get off before the dawn's early light.

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Written by: TOM WAITS

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I worked in a small dive bar in the East Village in the late 80s and early 90s. This album was on the jukebox. I would play it after all had gone (4am) and I was counting cash and cleaning up. And yes, we even had a cigarette machine, which often had me simultaneously working with Tom "sweeping up over by the cigarette machine."
I remember while sweeping up I would often be pushing around change customers had dropped, saying to myself "This is all going in the trash, I made 500 bucks tonight, I don't have to stoop for nickels and dimes." But I would also occasionally say to myself "ooo a quarter!" and dig it out of the dust and butts to pocket.
This song transports me there. It was splendid there.

Philip Evans

There are very many Waits songs that "take you back" to a specific time. I used to be the outside bartender for a Noho bar that hosted wrap parties for video, music and theater companies. I would play these romantic and quirky Waits songs all night and I always got more tips and compliments than the other mixers.
Tommy is outre to the max. The schizzlenik...

Roger Wood

When I visited NYC I used to go to a dive bar, I think on D Ave in alphabet city. I remember a juke box there and I always played waits while there, small change in particular. This was in the early and mid 2000s. I don't remember the name of the place, but I always recalled, the beer was as cheap as it was down south. I bet this is the same place you worked.

George Castellitto

Tom Waits reaches into that place inside of us to touch something with his gravel voice and flowing chords that few other vocalists can touch.

Philip Evans

Critics called him a "lounge singer", but WOW. Tom turned out to be so much more, didn't he?


Besides being the album that changed my brakes, and lubed my life, the fidelity of this straight to 2 track is fabulous. Thanks to the DJ on KSAN (S.F.) back in the mid seventies who decided to play the whole album with no breaks. Everyone listened to KSAN back then. Traffic, The Who, Santana, Van Morrison, The Doors, Tom Rush, Harvery Mandel, Cold Blood, Tower, you name them, KSAN played them. So, the next day at work, everybody was talking about Small Change. Everybody. 

Stephen Hudak

Working on a saturday song : (

Tara Grace

My saTurday song

Ela Lamblin

I still relate to this song ...every Friday n Saturday night.

Chris Ramirez

Ela Lamblin
chasing the dollars to keep her I magazines. I know

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