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random introduction to Tom Waits

A random introduction to the work of Tom Waits:

 

Hang on St. Christopher

Time

Downtown Train (yes, Tom Waits wrote this.)

Hold On

Cash City (English translation) Luc De Larochellière

 

 

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Cash City (English translation)

Luc De Larochellière

 
everyone wants to be a star
but no one wants to be a planet
everyone hangs out in bars
where no one is honest
everyone wants to be loved by everyone
but no one loves everyone
everyone wants to be loved by everyone
yes but no one, no one, no one loves everyone

in Cash City
everyone has ideas borrowed from the TV
everyone has their customs, each has his own costume
everyone’s an imposter, everyone’s his own hero
everyone has a poster of Marilyn Monroe

everyone wants to be loved by everyone
but no one loves everyone
everyone wants to be loved by everyone
but no one, no one, no one loves everyone

in Cash City
sometimes we go out in Cash City
in bouts of lassitude
Everyone wants to gain altitude, altitude

in Cash City
in a town that’s beautiful only at night
with eyes that beg
everyone dances with their solitude, their craziness
in Cash City

everyone dreams of love
each has their time of getting laid
and when the day returns
everyone remains disappointed
everyone sings their own song and
dances alone in their corner
everyone has the same pornographic dream
of holding each others hand

in cash city
everyone wants to be someone
for no one loves no one
everyone wants to be someone
before the death knell
everyone wants to be loved by everyone
but no one loves everyone
everyone wants to be loved by everyone
but no one, no one, no one loves everyone

in Cash City
sometimes we go out in Cash City
in bouts of lassitude
Everyone wants to gain altitude, altitude
in Cash City
in a town that’s beautiful only at night
with eyes that beg
everyone dances with their solitude, their craziness