Soldier’s Things

Davenports and kettle drums
And swallow tail coats
Table cloths and patent leather shoes
Bathing suits and bowling balls
And clarinets and rings
And all this radio really
Needs is a fuse
A tinker, a tailor
A soldier’s things
His rifle, his boots full of rocks
And this one is for bravery
And this one is for me
And everything’s a dollar
In this box

Cuff links and hub caps
Trophies and paperbacks
It’s good transportation
But the brakes aren’t so hot
Neck tie and boxing gloves
This jackknife is rusted
You can pound that dent out
On the hood
A tinker, a tailor
A soldier’s things
His rifle, his boots full of rocks
Oh and this one is for bravery
And this one is for me
And everything’s a dollar
In this box

–Tom Waits–

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