Who Are You This Time
Tom Waits Lyrics

Well, they're lining up to mad-dog your Tilt-a-Whirl
Three shots for a dollar, win a real live doll
All the lies that you tell, I believed them so well
Take them back, take them back to your red house
For that fearful leap into the dark
Oh well, I did my time in the jail of your arms
Now Ophelia wants to know where she should turn

Tell me, what did you do?
What did you do the last time, why don't you do that?
Well, go on ahead and take this the wrong way
Time's not your friend
Do you cry, do you pray, do you wish them away?
Are you still leaving nothing but bones in the way?
Did you bury the carnival, with the lions and all?
Excuse me while I sharpen my nails

And just who are you, who are you this time?
You look rather tired, are you pretending to love?
Well, I hear that it pays well
How do your pistol and your Bible and your sleeping pills go?
Are you still jumping out of windows in expensive clothes?
Well, I fell in love with your sailor's mouth and your wounded eyes
You better get down on the floor, don't you know this is war?
Tell me, who are you this time?
Tell me, who are you this time?

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grapefruit moon

Tom Waits has to be one of the most underrated artists of the 20th century. His sales aren't relative to his popularity on this medium. He is a great storyteller and his vocal delivery really touches you. Add to that the fact he composes his own music and he wrote his first two albums so song. He has to be one of the most consistently good artists of all time!


This has to be my favorite Tom Waits songs. Bone Machine is a damned good album.

Dos Santos

Mine too, perhaps. Love the way Tom sings the countryside life. I moved from countryside to City and discovered Waits, real city life music, Swordfishtrombones, Blue Valentines, Rain Dogs, And that was my music. Lately, I start longing to the countryside, make the move again, Like Tom did. Waits's lyrics are very strong, Bob Dylan level, for sure. And this must be the most beautiful Love/Hate song ever made.(..."I fell in love withe your sailor's moth and your wounded eyes, but you better get down on the floor, don't you know this is war?!...")

Janice Ward

Are you still jumping out of Windows in expensive clothes......Love you Tom...❤


There would seem to be no better love/hate song than this. Period. 

Hamja Ahsan

Tom Waits writes the best Heartbreak songs ...

Anna L. Vajda

Yeah it's amazing he sounds like he has had a dozen torrid love affairs but he has actually just been married to the same woman for 40 years.

Mike Maguire

Hard to argue but I'd put Randy Newman in there too.

Rick Artdefoix

The Part You Throw Away and Who Are You are maybe his more moving songs for me. Waits manages to be touching and makes you think, at the same time. One of the most interesting artist we have. Couldn't care less if he could or should sell more. It happens quite often that, some of the best musicians and writers are known and loved not by masses, but by loyal circles of people who feel touched by their music lyrics or books. Think he never tried to be a massive seller. He is happy with his promotion and profile. And find the whole a clever one. It answers to the image he built of himself. ❤️👍😇🙏

mat leclair

"How do your pistol and bible and your sleeping pills go"
This albulm album rocks. I love Tom Waits

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