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Over The Rhine - Don't Wait For Tom Lyrics

He?s got the hands of a blind piano player

He?s got a feel for the dark like a soothsayer

He takes a little bow and tips his fedora

Shouts like he?s gonna save Sodom and Gomorrah

Workin? for the circus ex-railroad bum

Carnival barker for kingdom dot come

Dusty ol? Gibson, opposable thumb

Bangs out the rhythm on a fifty gallon drum

Don?t wait for Tom, Tom?s long gone, he?s already moved on

Don?t wait for Tom

I saw an ol? ?55 Buick just before the dawn

I said, Hey, hey Tom, the sun?s comin? up, you got your wipers on

Are you tryna make it rain again?

Are you tryna make it rain again?

Is it rainin? just around your bend?

Are you tryna make it rain again?

Sittin? in a corner with his pet muskrat

Tossin? his cards into an old man?s hat

He grins at the girls and they always grin back

He bets an old waltz he could get ?em in the sack

He makes his own music from the bell of a ?bone

A waitress?s falsie and a railroad phone

Bobs on his knees to an old tarantella

South of the border he stole it from a fella

Oh, don?t wait for Tom, Tom?s long gone

He?s already moved on, don?t wait for Tom

I saw an ol? ?55 Buick just before dawn

I said, Hey, hey Tom, the sun?s comin? up, you got your wipers on

Are you tryna make it rain again?

Are you tryna make it rain again?

Is it rainin? just around your bend?

Are you tryna make it rain again?

His triple jointed juke fingers splay like a scarecrow

He kneels down and whistles to a fallen sparrow

His eyes light up when they wheel in a piano

He reads a dirty joke out of an old Baptist hymnal

He wears a tuxedo made of sackcloth and ashes

Has a tattoo of a girl who can bat her eyelashes

Down on the river he was fishin? with a sword

He knocked off John the Baptist for a word from the Lord

He takes his coffee with the blood of a turnip

Blushes his cheeks with an Amsterdam tulip

Choppin? up a rooster for a pullet surprise

If the gravy don?t getcha, he?ll getcha with his eyes, don't wait

Hey Tom, sun?s comin? up, you got your wipers on

Don?t wait for Tom, sun?s comin? up, you got your wipers on

Hey Tom, oh, oh, Tom
 

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