Here’s a song – with lyrics below – from Tom Waits’ 1993 album Black Rider.
The album featured as the soundtrack to the play of the same name, co-written by William S. Burroughs.
For me, this is a stand-out track, with Waits at his over-the-top best. Sometimes the track provokes laughter, sometimes tears. Enjoy.
The prettiest girl In all the world Is in a little Spanish town But I left her for a Bonnie lass And I told her I'd see her around But that Bonnie lass And her heart of glass Would not hold a candle To bumming around So don't cry for me For I'm going away And I'll be back some lucky day Tell the boys back home I'm doing just fine I left my troubles and woe So sing about me For I can't come home I've many more miles to go Why, there's Miss Kelsey You taught dance at our school And old Johnny O'Toole I'll still beat you at pool So don't cry for me For I'm going away And I'll be back some lucky day Now when I was a boy My daddy sat me on his knee And he told me He told me many things And he said sone There's a lot of things in this world You're gonna have no use for And when you get blue And you've lost all your dreams There's nothin' like a campfire And a can of beans Why, there's Miss Kelsey She taught dance at our school And old Johnny O'Toole I'll still beat you at pool So don't cry for me For I'm going away And I'll be back some lucky day