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Bad As Me (Remastered)

by Tom Waits

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1.
Chicago 02:14
The seeds are planted here But they won’t grow We won’t have to say goodbye If we all go Maybe things will be better in Chicago To leave all we’ve ever known For a place we’ve never seen Maybe things will be better in Chicago Well It’s braver to stay Even braver to go Wherever she goes I go Maybe things will be better in Chicago What we need the lord will give us All we want we carry with us You know where I can be found Where the rainbow hits the ground I’m not alone I’m not afraid This bird has flown from his cage There’s so much magic we have known On this sapphire we call home With my coat and my hat I say goodbye to all that Maybe things will be better in Chicago Maybe things will be better in Chicago
2.
There ain’t enough raised right men It takes a raised right man to keep a happy hen I said there ain’t enough raised right men Heavens to murkatroid Miners to coal A good women can make a diamond out of a measly lump of coal You need the patience of a glacier If you can wait that long Open up his window and admit it that you’re wrong They’re ain’t enough raised right men It takes raised right men to keep a happy hen Mackey Debiasi Was a complicated man He quarreled with his woman And she quarreled with her man His head was just too thick So she knocked out a tooth He’s that lonely man on the Turnpike in the Toll takers booth They’re ain’t enough raised right men Gunplay Maxwell and Flat Nose George Ice Pick Ed Newcomb On a slab in the morgue Flat Nose looked at Gunplay And they all looked at me With a good woman’s love we Could have saved all three And there ain’t enough raised right men It takes raised right men to keep a happy hen There ain’t enough raised right men
3.
Get a job, save your money, listen to Jane Everybody knows umbrellas will cost more in the rain All the news is bad Is there any other kind? Everybody’s talking at the same time Well it’s hard times for some For others it’s sweet Someone makes money when there’s blood in the street Don’t take any lip Stay in line Everybody’s talking at the same time Well the dog is in the kitchen And the war drags on The trees wait by the freeway All the moneys all gone Well she told me she would leave me I ignored all the signs And now everybody’s talking at the same time Everybody’s talking at the same time Ain’t no one coming to pull you from the mud You gotta build your nest high enough to ride out the flood I know you’re leaving and there’s no more next time Everybody’s talking at the same time A tiny boy sat and he played in the sand He made a sword from a stick And a gun from his hand Well we bailed out all the millionaires They’ve got the fruit We’ve got the rind And everybody’s talking at the same time Everybody’s talking at the same time
4.
Get Lost 02:42
I don’t want to feel all cooped up I feel like I’m on a chain I got my ride all souped up We’re never coming back again Time it don’t mean nothing Money means even less Don’t bring nothin baby You’re better then all the rest I wanna go get lost I wanna go get lost I wanna go get lost When you wear that real tight sweater You know I can’t resist It’s been that way forever baby Ever since we kissed Roll down all the windows Turn up Wolfman Jack Please, please love me tender Ain’t nothin wrong with that Let’s go get lost I wanna go get lost I wanna go get lost I wanna go get lost Whatever that they told you about me Well all of it’s true You’re never gonna be with out me baby I’m never gonna be without you Top it off, fill it with high test Think about it what cha gonna tell your boss? And get lost I just wanna get lost All night long…
5.
I’m going away I’m going away The cradle wants a baby Kitchen wants a pan The heart wants a certain kind of lover if it can Ocean wants a sailor Gun wants a hand money wants a spender And the road wants a man I turned my face to the highway And I turn my back on you Devil wants a sinner Sky wants a bird Table wants the dinner Lips want a word Glass wants the wine Fist wants to hurt Clock wants the time And the shovel wants to work I turned my face to the highway And I turn my back on you I’m going away I’m going away Coal wants a miner Soldier takes a stand The walls of the prison Want a solitary man The window wants a curtain The plow wants the land Diamond ring wants to Fit upon the finger Of her hand I turned my face to the highway And I turned my back on you I’m going away I’m going away I’m going away
6.
Pay Me 03:14
They pay me not to come home Keeping me stoned I won’t run away They say it’s easy to get Stuck in this town Just like Joan You know I gave it all up for the stage They fill my cup up in the cage It’s nobody’s business but mine when I’m low To hold yourself up is not a crime here you know At the end of the world I kick my foot at the lights I breathe it in all night There’s a light on a canvas tree Money from home supporting me They pay me not to come I won’t eat crow Ill stay away And though all roads will not lead you home my girl All roads lead to the end of the world I sewed a little luck up in the hem of my gown The only way down from the gallows is to swing And I’ll wear boots instead of high heels And the next stage that I am on it will have wheels
7.
If you don’t want these arms to hold you If you don’t want these lips to kiss you If you’ve found somebody new Put me back in the crowd Put the sun behind the clouds Put me back in the crowd There’s a battle going on Between the blue and the grey And if you don’t want my love Don’t make me stay Take back your name Take back these wings Take my picture from the frame And put me back in the crowd Put the sun behind the cloud Put me back in the crowd Put me back in the crowd Put the sun behind the cloud Put me back in the crowd
8.
Bad As Me 03:10
You’re the head on the spear You’re the nail on the cross You’re the fly in my beer You’re the key that got lost You’re the letter from Jesus on the bathroom wall You’re mother superior in only a bra You’re the same kind of bad as me I’m the hat on the bed I’m the coffee instead The fish or cut bait I’m the detective up late I’m the blood on the floor The thunder and the roar The boat that won’t sink I just won’t sleep a wink You’re the same kind of bad as me No good you say Well that’s good enough for me You’re the wreath that caught fire You’re the preach to the choir You bite down on the sheet But your teeth have been wired You skid in the rain You’re trying to shift You’re grinding the gears You’re trying to shift And you’re the same kind of bad as me They told me you were no good I know you’ll take care of all my needs You’re the same kind of bad as me I’m the mattress in the back I’m the old gunnysack I’m the one with the gun Most likely to run I’m the car in the weeds If you cut me I’ll bleed You’re the same kind of bad as me You’re the same kind of bad as me
9.
Kiss Me 03:40
The fire’s dying out All the embers have been spent Outside on the street Lovers hide in the shadows You look at me I look at you There’s only one thing I want you to do Kiss me I want you to kiss me Like a stranger once again Kiss me like a stranger once again I want to believe that our love’s a mystery I want to believe that our love’s a sin I want you to kiss me like a stranger once again You wear the same kind of perfume You wore when we met I suppose there’s something comforting in knowing what to expect But when you brushed up against me Before I knew your name Everything was thrilling Because nothing was the same I want you to kiss me I want you to kiss me Like a stranger once again Kiss me like a stranger once again I want to believe our loves a mystery I want to believe our loves a sin Oh will you kiss me like a stranger once again I want you to kiss me like a stranger Kiss me like a stranger once again
10.
Satisfied 04:04
When I’m gone When I’m gone Roll my vertebrae out like dice Let my skull be a home for the mice Let me bleach like the bones on a beach I’ll be hard like a pit from a peach Now the ground has a branch Now the hound has a ranch The old tressel’s just junk The Edsel is on blocks The old said so… won’t talk I’m a blimp that’s straining, cut’er ties I’m a moth in training, flutter by Huh… When I’m gone When I’m gone I said I will have satisfaction I will be satisfied I said I will be satisfied When I’m believing: satisfaction When I’m grieving: satisfaction When I’m shaking: satisfaction When I’m praying: satisfaction When I’m staying: satisfaction When I’m carousing When I’m a thousand I said I will have satisfaction I will be satisfied Before I’m gone Before I’m gone I will have satisfaction I will be satisfied I will have satisfaction I will be satisfied Now Mr. Jagger and Mr. Richards I will scratch where I’ve been itching Now Mr. Jagger and Mr. Richards I will scratch where I’ve been itching Before I’m gone Before I’m gone Before I’m gone Before I’m gone Let me go back into the barrel Let the bullet go back into the barrel Let the bullet go back into the barrel Let the bullet go back into the barrel Before I’m gone Before I’m gone I said I will have satisfaction Let the bullet go back into the barrel Let the bullet go back into the barrel Take a left off the straight and the narrow Let the bullet go back into the barrel Before I’m gone Before I’m gone
11.
Last Leaf 02:55
I’m the last leaf on the tree The autumn took the rest But they won’t take me I’m the last leaf on the tree When the autumn wind blows They’re already gone They flutter to the ground Cause they can’t hang on There’s nothing in the world That I ain’t seen I greet all the new ones that are coming in green I’m the last leaf on the tree The autumn took the rest but they wont take me I’m the last leaf on the tree They say I got staying power Here on the tree But I’ve been here since Eisenhower And I’ve out lived even he I’m the last leaf on the tree The autumn took the rest but they won’t take me I’m the last leaf on the tree I fight off the snow I fight off the hail Nothing makes me go I’m like some vestigial tail I’ll be here through eternity If you want to know how long If they cut down this tree I’ll show up in a song I’m the last leaf on the tree The autumn took the rest but they won’t take me I’m the last leaf on the tree I’m the last leaf on the tree I’m the last leaf on the tree
12.
I had a good home but I left I had a good home but I left, right, left That big fucking bomb made me deaf, deaf A Humvee mechanic put his Kevlar on wrong I guarantee you’ll meet up with a suicide bomb Hell broke luce Hell broke luce Big fucking ditches in the middle of the road You pay a hundred dollars just for fillin’ in the hole Listen to the general every goddamn word How many ways can you polish up a turd Left, right, left, left, right Left, right Hell broke luce Hell broke luce Hell broke luce How is it that the only ones responsible for making this mess Got their sorry asses stapled to a goddamn desk Hell broke luce Hell broke luce Left, right, left What did you do before the war? I was a chef, I was a chef What was your name? It was Geoff, Geoff I lost my buddy and I wept, wept I come down from the meth So I slept, slept I had a good home but I left, left Pantsed at the wind for a joke I pranced right in with the dope Glanced at her shin she said nope Left, right, left Nimrod Bodfish have you any wool Get me another body bag the body bag’s full My face was scorched, scorched I miss my home I miss my porch, porch Left, right, left Can I go home in March? March My stanch was a chin full of soap That rancid dinner with the pope Left, right, left Kelly Presutto got his thumbs blown off Sergio’s developing a real bad cough Sergio’s developing a real bad cough Hell broke luce Hell broke luce Hell broke luce Boom went his head away And boom went Valerie What the hell was it that the president said? Give him a beautiful parade instead Left, right, left When I was over here I never got to vote I left my arm in my coat My mom she died and never wrote We sat by the fire and ate a goat Just before he died he had a toke Now I’m home and I’m blind And I’m broke What is next
13.
The door was open I was seething Your mother burst in it was freezing She said it looks like it’s trying to rain I was lost I felt sea sick You convinced me that he’d left You said keep talking but don’t use any names I scolded your driver and your brother We are old enough to know how long you’ve been hooked And we’ve all been through the war And each time you score Someone gets hauled and handcuffed and booked It felt like four in the morning What sounded like fire works Turned out to be just what it was The stars looked like diamonds Then came the sirens And everyone started to cuss All the noise was disturbing And I couldn’t find Irving It was like two stations on at the same time And then I hid your car keys And I made black coffee And I dumped out the rest of the rum Nick and Socorro broke up And Candice wouldn’t shut up Fin he recorded the whole thing Ray he said damn you And someone broke my camera And it was New Years And we all started to sing Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind Should auld acquaintance be forgot for the sake of auld lang syne I was leaving in the morning with Charles for Las Vegas And I didn’t plan to come back I had only a few things Two hundred dollars And my records in a brown paper sack I ran out on Sheila Everything’s in storage Calvin’s right I should go back to driving truck Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind Should auld acquaintance be forgot for the sake of auld lang syne

about

These songs were designed to be lean and mean, with strong hooks and tight running times. From the opening horn-fueled chug of “Chicago”, to the closing barroom chorale of “New Year’s Eve”, Bad As Me displays the full career range of Waits’ songwriting, from beautiful ballads like “Last Leaf” to the avant cinematic soundscape of “Hell Broke Luce” a battlefront dispatch. Waits worked with longtime co-writer and producer Kathleen Brennan, in addition to Waits’ veterans; Keith Richards, Marc Ribot, David Hidalgo, Larry Taylor and Casey Waits.

credits

released October 25, 2011

All Songs Written and Produced by Tom Waits/Kathleen Brennan
Production Coordinator - Julianne Deery
Recorded and Mixed by Karl Derfler
Asst. Engineer - Zack Sumner
Recorded at Rabbit Foot Studio
Peter Swanhuyser - he built the ship
Mastered by Bernie Grundman
Art Director - Trevor Hernandez
Photography by Tom Waits
Additional photos by Jesse Dylan
Grub - Linda Sundheim

All songs ©2011 Jalma Music (ASCAP)

Les Claypool appears courtesy of Prawn Song Records
Flea appears courtesy of Warner Bros.
Charlie Musselwhite appears courtesy of Alligator Records
Keith Richards appears courtesy of Promotone, B.V.

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