Walking Spanish (1985)

Tom Waits

Album: Rain Dogs
 
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He’s got himself a homemade special
You know his glass is full of sand
And it feels just like a jaybird
The way it fits into his hand
He rolled a blade up in his trick towel
They slap their hands against the wall
You never trip, you never stumble
He’s walking spanish down the hall

Slim him a picture of our Jesus
Or give him a spoon to dig a hole
What all he done ain’t no one’s business
But he’ll need blankets for the cold
They dim the lights over on Broadway
Even the king has bowed his head
Every face looks right up at Mason
He’s walking spanish down the hall

Latella’s screeching for a blind pig
Punk Sander’s carved it out of wood
He never sang when he got hoodwinked
They tried it all but he never would
Tomorrow morning there’ll be laundry
But he’ll be somewhere else to hear the call
Don’t say goodbye he’s just leaving early
He’s walking spanish down the hall

All St. Barthelemew said was whispered
Into the ear of Blind Jack Dawes
All Baker told the machine
Was that he never broke the law
Go on and tip your hat up to the Pilate
Take off your watch, your rings and all
Even Jesus wanted just a little more time
He’s walking spanish down the hall

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