Tom Waits - Rare In-Studio KCRW Performance: The Fall of Troy

The well is full of pennies
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One of my favorite Tom Waits performances of all time, delivered off the cuff in a radio station studio on a stand-up piano.

It’s the same with men as with horses and dogs
Nothing wants to die
Evelyn James was killed in the game
With guns too big for their hands
Just off St. Charles in No-Man’s Land
Now they’ll have to find their own way home, boys
They will have to find their own way home

The oldest was Troy, an eighteen year old boy
Shot dead in March during a robbery
His brother started out to hell and to ruin
Troy’s killer was never caught they say
Young Nick he just went bad that day
Now they’ll have to find their own way home
Have to find their own way home

Why cook dinner?
Why make my bed?
Why come home at all?
Out the door and through the woods
There’s a world where nothing grows

And it’s hard to say grace and to sit in the place
Of someone missing at the table
Mom’s hair sprayed tight
And her face in her hands
She’s watching TV to find answers to me
After all she’s only human
And she’s trying to find her own way home, boys
She is trying to find her own way home

My legs ache
And my heart is sore
The well is full of pennies

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