Wild Years

Well Frank settled down in the Valley
and hung his wild years
on a nail that he drove through
his wife’s forehead
he sold used office furniture
out there on San Fernando Road
and assumed a $30,000 loan
at 15 1/4 % and put down payment
on a little two bedroom place
his wife was a spent piece of used jet trash
made good bloody marys
kept her mouth shut most of the time
had a little Chihuahua named Carlos
that had some kind of skin disease
and was totally blind. They had a
thoroughly modern kitchen
self-cleaning oven (the whole bit)
Frank drove a little sedan
they were so happy

One night Frank was on his way home
from work, stopped at the liquor store,
picked up a couple Mickey’s Big Mouths
drank ‘em in the car on his way
to the Shell station, he got a gallon of
gas in a can, drove home, doused
everything in the house, torched it,
parked across the street, laughing,
watching it burn, all Halloween
orange and chimney red then
Frank put on a top forty station
got on the Hollywood Freeway
headed north
Never could stand that dog

(Tom Waits)

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5 pensieri su “Wild Years

  1. ciao ciao…
    sono andato alla fiera di Bologna e sono passato per lo stand della falzea editore…e mi sono comprato nebbia di streghe…
    ci voleva proprio e ci tenevo ad avere un tuo libro…
    ho solo un appunto da fare…le tue illustrazioni meritavano di più…le hanno un pò sacrificate…mi sarebbe piaciuto vederle più “ariose”…
    ma cacchio che storia che sono le tue composizioni viste da vicino vicino

  2. Well I see that
    The world is upside down
    My pockets were filled up with gold
    Now the clouds have covered o’er
    And the wind is blowing cold
    I don’t need anybody
    Because I learned to be alone
    And anywhere
    I lay my head, boys
    I will call my home.
    (Tom Waits)

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