Off topic: More songwriters - poets -- Tom Waits
Thread poster: Daniel Alcaine-Rich, M.V., BSc
Daniel Alcaine-Rich, M.V., BSc  Identity Verified
English to Spanish
May 4, 2003

Tom Waits

From \"The Heart of Saturday Night\", 1974



Shiver Me Timbers



I\'m leavin\' my fam\'ly

Leavin\' all my friends

My body\'s at home

But my heart\'s in the wind

Where the clouds are like headlines

On a new front page sky

My tears are salt water

And the moon\'s full and high



And I know Martin Eden\'s

Gonna be proud of me

And many before me

Who\'ve been called by the sea

To be up in the crow\'s nest

Singin\' my say

Shiver me Timbers

\'Cause I\'m a-sailin\' away



And the fog\'s liftin\'

And the sand\'s shiftin\'

I\'m driftin\' on out

Ol\' Captain Ahab

He ain\'t got nothin\' on me, now.

So swallow me, don\'t follow me

I\'m trav\'lin\' alone

Blue water\'s my daughter

\'n I\'m gonna skip like a stone



So please call my missus

Gotta tell her not to cry

\'Cause my goodbye is written

By the moon in the sky

Hey and nobody knows me

I can\'t fathom my stayin\'

Shiver me timbers

\'Cause I\'m a-sailin\' away



And the fog\'s liftin\'

And the sand\'s shiftin\'

I\'m driftin\' on out

Ol\' Captain Ahab

He ain\'t got nothin\' on me

So come and swallow me, follow me

I\'m trav\'lin\' alone

Blue water\'s my daughter

\'n I\'m gonna skip like a stone



And I\'m leavin\' my family

Leavin\' all my friends

My body\'s at home

But my heart\'s in the wind

Where the clouds are like headlines

Upon a new front page sky

And shiver me timbers

\'Cause I\'m a-sailin\' away







San Diego Serenade



I never saw the morning \'til I stayed up all night

I never saw the sunshine \'til you turned out the light

I never saw my hometown until I stayed away too long

I never heard the melody, until I needed a song.



I never saw the white line, \'til I was leaving you behind

I never knew I needed you \'til I was caught up in a bind

I never spoke \'I love you\' \'til I cursed you in vain,

I never felt my heartstrings until I nearly went insane.



I never saw the east coast \'til I moved to the west

I never saw the moonlight until it shone off your breast

I never saw your heart \'til someone tried to steal,

tried to steal it away

I never saw your tears until they rolled down your face.





Diamonds on my Windshield



Diamonds on my windshield

Tears from heaven

Pulling into town on the Interstate

Pulling a steel train in the rain

The wind bites my cheek through the wing

Fast flying, freway driving

Always makes me sing



There\'s a Duster tryin\' to change my tune

Pulling up fast on the right

Rolling restlessly, twenty-four hour moon



Wisconsin hiker with a cue-ball head

Wishing he was home in a Wiscosin bed

fifteen feet of snow in the East

Colder then a welldigger\'s ass



Oceanside it ends the ride, San Clemente coming up

Sunday desperadoes slip by, gas station closed,

cruise with a dry back

Orange drive-in the neon billin\'

Theatre\'s fillin\' to the brim

Slave girls and a hot spurn bucket full of sin



Metropolitan area with interchange and connections

Fly-by-nights from Riverside

Black and white plates, out of state,

running a little bit late



Sailors jockey for the fast lane

101 don\'t miss it

Rolling hills and concrete fields

The broken line\'s on your mind



Eights go east and the fives go north

The merging nexus back and forth

You see your sign, cross the line,

signalling with a blink



The radio\'s gone off the air

Gives you time to think

You ease it out and you creep across

Intersection light goes out

You hear the rumble

As you fumble for a cigarette

Blazing through this midnight jungle

Remember someone that you met

One more block; the engine talks

And whispers \'home at last\'

It whispers, whispers, whispers

\'home at last\', home at last





Fumblin\' With the Blues



Friday left me fumblin\' with the blues

And it\'s hard to win when you always lose

Because the nightspots spend your spirit

Beat your head against the wall

Two dead ends and you\'ve still got to choose



You know the bartenders

They all know my name

And they catch me when I\'m pulling up lame

And I\'m a pool-shooting-shimmy-shyster shaking my head

When I should be living clean instead



You know the ladies I\'ve been seeing off and on

Well they spend your love and then they\'re gone

You can\'t be lovin\' someone who is savage and cruel

Take your love and then they leave on out of town

No they do



Well now fallin\' in love is such a breeze

But its standin\' up that\'s so hard for me

I wanna squeeze you but I\'m scared to death I\'d break your back

You know your perfume

Well it won\'t let me be



You know the bartenders all know my name

And they catch me when I\'m pulling up lame

And I\'m a pool-shooting-shimmy-shyster shaking my head

When I should be living clean instead



Come on baby

Let your love light shine

Gotta bury me inside of your fire

Because your eyes are \'nough to blind me

You\'re like a-looking at the sun

You gotta whisper tell me I\'m the one

Come on and whisper tell me I\'m the one

Gotta whisper tell me I\'m the one

Come on and whisper tell me I\'m the one



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For anyone interested:



http://www.officialtomwaits.com


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Guillermina Canale  Identity Verified
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thanks May 5, 2003

I love tom Wait\'s rough voice. But only for special moments.



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Bono
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thank you for a bit of emotion from a great artist. May 5, 2003

thank you for a bit of emotion from a great artist.

Have a lovely week.



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xxxErika P  Identity Verified
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what an unexpected (re)encounter May 7, 2003

love it

used to be a huge Tom Waits fan during my late teens



\"I’ve been a cabbie and a stock clerk

and a soda-fountain jock-jerk

and a manic mechanic on cars\".

\"I will tell you all my secrets but I lie about my past\".



He STILL strikes me as a person worth listening to – thanks, Daniel!



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