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Red Shoes By The Drugstore

from Blue Valentine (Remastered) by Tom Waits

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she wore red shoes by the newsstand
as the rain splashed the nickle
spilled like chablis along the midway
there’s a little bluejay
in a red dress, on a sad night

one straw in a rootbeer
a compact with a cracked mirror
and a bottle of evening in paris perfume
whats this sad tune

he told her to wait by the magazines
he had to take care of some business it seems
bring a raincoat
and a suitcase
and your dark eyes
and wear those red shoes

there’s a dark huddle at the bus stop
unbrellas arranged in a sad bouquet
li’l caesar got caught
he was goin down to second
he was cooled
changing stations on the chamber
to steal a diamond
from a jewelry store for his baby
he loved the way she looked
in those red shoes

she waited by the drugstore
caesar had never been this late before
and the dogs bayed the moon
and rattled their chains
and the cold jingle of taps in a puddle
was the burgler alarm
snitchin on caesar

now the rain washes memories from the sidewalks
and the hounds splash down the nickle
full of soldiers
and santa claus is drunk in the ski room
and it’s christmas eve
in a sad cafe
when the moon gels this way
there’s a little blue jay
by the newsstand
wearing red shoes
so meet me tonight by the drugstore
we’re goin out tonight
wear your red shoes


from Blue Valentine (Remastered), released March 9, 2018


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