In The Colosseum
Tom Waits Lyrics


The women all control their men with razors and with wrists
And the princess squeezes grape juice on a torrid bloody kiss
What will you be wearing there, the lion or the raven hair?
The flesh will all be tearing but the tail will be my own
In the colosseum, in the colosseum
In the colosseum tonight
In the colosseum, in the colosseum
In the colosseum tonight

This one's for the balcony and this one's for the floor
As the senators decapitate the presidential whore
The bald-headed senators are splashing in the blood
The dogs are having someone who is screaming in the mud
In the colosseum, in the colosseum
In the colosseum tonight
In the colosseum, in the colosseum
In the colosseum tonight

Now it's raining and it's pouring on the pillaging and goring
The constable is swinging from the chains
For the dead there is no story, no memory, no blame
Their families shout blue murder but tomorrow it's the same
In the colosseum, in the colosseum
In the colosseum tonight
In the colosseum, we call 'em as we see 'em
In the colosseum tonight

That slowly-acting poison will be given to the favorite one
The dark horse will bring glory to the jailer and his men
It's always much more sporting when there's families in the pit
And the madness of the crowd is an epileptic fit
In the colosseum, in the colosseum
In the colosseum tonight
In the colosseum, we call 'em as we see 'em
In the colosseum tonight

No justice here, no liberty, no reason, No blame
There's no cause to taint the sweetest taste of blood
And greetings from the nation as we shake the hands of time
They're taking their ovations, the vultures stay behind
In the colosseum, in the colosseum
In the colosseum tonight
In the colosseum, in the colosseum
In the colosseum tonight

In the colosseum tonight
In the colosseum tonight

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

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olivier villeneuve

27 years ago, i heard this song and at the same time tom waits for the first time

Kaito Amatou

I dunno how obvious this is to everyone else, but I’m 90% sure this song is about mass media and our consumption of it and that idea makes me love this just a bit more than I already did

HannibalOrJustRex

Yeah, people seem to love to be horrified and conflict equals ratings. At least that's what I gather. Not to say that some horrific reality is wrong to be shown, it is a good way to show that things need to be corrected, but sometimes it's "You should all be pissed off about Mr. Potato Head!" In an auditorium set up to encourage people to get enraged

Storytime Bishop

This is an absolutely perfect theme song for tonight's rally.

Storytime Bishop

Certainly not!!

Muel 1989

Surely Waits fans aren’t fans of the orange traitor.

John Stewart

But yeah I know what yer sayin
But that mans head would explode if he even half listened to toms beautiful voice

John Stewart

I hope ya don’t mean a rally by the ugly orange scumbag

Zsuzsanna Circleedge

But he can't sing.

Eric Simpson

Always worth the waits

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