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On The Nickel ~ Tom Waits - 1979 live

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Uploaded on Oct 17, 2010

the recording is a little odd at first but it improves after first minute ... I promise !

sweetest version I've seen on YT ღ

5th Street & Main, Los Angeles "On the Nickel", a wino's lullaby

Lyric:
It says sticks and stones can break my bones
but I always will be true
And when your mama's dead and gone,
I'll sing this lullaby just for you ...

What becomes of little boys
who never say their prayers?
They're sleeping like a baby
on the nickel over there ...

And if you chew tobacco
and wish upon a star
You'll find out where the scarecrows sit,
man they look like punch lines between the cars.

I know a place where a royal flush
can never beat a pair.
And even Thomas Jefferson
is on the nickel and is over there ...

So ring around the rosy,
sleepin' in the rain.
You're always late for supper
and man you let me down again ...

I thought I heard a mockingbird,
Roosevelt knows where.
I'm whistling past the graveyard,
and they're on the nickel over there ...

So what becomes of little boys
who run away from home?
The world keeps gettin' bigger
once you get out on your own.

So climb up through that buttonhole
and fall right up the stairs
I'll show you where the short dogs go,
they're on the nickel
and over there ...

Chorus of Waltzin' Matilda at end

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