Shore Leave
Tom Waits Lyrics


Well with buck shot eyes and a purple heart
I rolled down the national stroll
And with a big fat paycheck strapped to my hip sack
And a shore leave wristwatch underneath my sleeve
In a Hong Kong drizzle on Cuban heels
I rolled down the gutter to the Blood Bank
And I'd left all my papers on the Ticonderoga
And I was in a bad need of a shave
And I slopped at the corner on cold chow mein
And shot billards with a midget until the rain stopped
And I bought a long-sleeved shirt with horses on the front
And some gum and a lighter and a knife
And a new deck of cards with girls on the back
And I sat down and wrote a letter to my wife
And I said baby, I'm so far away from home
And I miss my baby so
Well, I can't make it by myself
I love you so
And I was pacing myself
Trying to make it all last
Squeezing all the life out of a lousy-two day pass
And I had a cold one at the Dragon
With some Filipino floor show
And I talked baseball with a lieutenant over a Singapore sling
And I wondered how the same moon outside over this Chinatown fair
Could look down on Illinois
And find you there
And you know I love you baby
And I'm so far away from home
I'm so far away from home
And I miss my baby so
I can't make it by myself
I love you so

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

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Mohammed Hanif

I once played this to my brother and his friends while on a car trip. They just looked at me like I was from another planet.

Mark Baldwin

Perhaps you are ?

Glyn Dyer

Mike O'Flannigan I don’t know what acquired taste means. Some people just don’t get anything unless it’s “popular” ...

KSC Clinic

HA HA LOVE THAT!!

Mohammed Hanif

@MariThePoet you back!

Sol Cardona

Same here

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Felix

I worked in a second hand record store once, and one late night a friend of mine came in and started looking through the boxes. He found the Swordfishtrombones vinyl for 5€ and I'd completely missed it. I tried to talk him out of it so that I could get it myself, but he bought it. Needless to say I killed him with a guitar string and took it.

mobtownray

well, sometimes you gotta...

Kit Laughlin

What else could you do?

Paul Shaw

Slipped the used bottom E over his pudgy neck and pulled it taut till he grizzled and groaned and gouged? He took Shore Leave?

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