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The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not Me) (An Evening With Pete King)

from Small Change (Remastered) by Tom Waits

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The piano has been drinking
my neck tie is asleep
and the combo went back to New York
the juke box has to take a leak
and the carpet needs a haircut
and the spot light looks like a prison break
cause the telephone is out of cigarettes
and the balcony’s on the make
and the piano has been drinking
the piano has been drinking

and the menus are all freezing
and the lightman’s blind in one eye
and he can’t see out of the other
and the piano tuner’s got a hearing aide
and showed up with his mother
and the piano has been drinking
the piano has been drinking

cause the bouncer is a Sumo wrestler
cream puff casper milk toast
and the owner is a mental midget
with I.Q. of a fencepost
cause the piano has been drinking
the piano has been drinking

and you can’t find your waitress
with a geiger counter
and she hates you and your friends
and you just can’t get served
without her
and the box office is drooling
and the bar stools are on flre
and the newspapers were fooling
and the ashtrays have retired
and the piano has been drinking
the piano has been drinking
the piano has been drinking
not me, not me, not me, not me, not me

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from Small Change (Remastered), released March 9, 2018

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