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June 22, 2011

Tom Waits - Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis


Hey Charlie, I'm pregnant and living on 9th Street
Right above a dirty bookstore off Euclid Avenue
And I stopped takin' dope and I quit drinkin' whiskey
And my old man plays the trombone and works out at the track

He says that he loves me, even though it's not his baby
He says that he'll raise him up like he would his own son
And he gave me a ring that was worn by his mother
And he takes me out dancin' every Saturday night

And hey Charlie, I think about you everytime I pass a fillin' station
On account of all the grease you used to wear in your hair
And I still have that record of Little Anthony and the Imperials(2) (3)
But someone stole my record player, now how do you like that?

Hey Charlie, I almost went crazy after Mario got busted
I went back to Omaha to live with my folks
But everyone I used to know was either dead or in prison
So I came back to Minneapolis, this time I think I'm gonna stay

Hey Charlie, I think I'm happy for the first time since my accident
And I wish I had all the money we used to spend on dope
I'd buy me a used car lot and I wouldn't sell any of 'em
I'd just drive a different car every day dependin' on how I feel

Hey Charlie, for chrissakes, if you want to know the truth of it
I don't have a husband, he don't play the trombone
I need to borrow money to pay this lawyer, and Charlie, hey
I'll be eligible for parole come Valentine's day

2 comments:

daffysblah said...

Grannyduck's discourse for the day :0) :
World !!! Listen up!!... hooker or not hooker, if all a girl needs is value of self from someone, why imbibe ways that are obviously like throwing crap at ones ownself?!..Er,is it a)hypocrisy? or b) desperate need for 'love' ,despite the extent of real love the other is feeling??.In other words,when relating to someone, evrytime a girl (or guy too..) puts pleasure/easy times ahead of true sense of self development ,you give Tom Waits a chance to work his musical brain ( not voice :P) .Hm.

leon said...

"And I thank you, I thank you for doing your duty
You keepers of truth, you guardians of beauty
Your vision is right, my vision is wrong
I'm sorry for smudging the air with my song"