Lazy Sunday post: song lyrics I

Singapore (Tom Waits, from the album Rain dogs)

We sail tonight for Singapore,
We’re all as mad as hatters here
I’ve fallen for a tawny Moor,
Took off to the land of Nod
Drank with all the Chinamen,
Walked the sewers of Paris
I danced along a colored wind,
Dangled from a rope of sand
You must say goodbye to me

We sail tonight for Singapore,
Don’t fall asleep while you’re ashore
Cross your heart and hope to die
When you hear the children cry
Let marrow bone and cleaver choose
While making feet for children shoes
Through the alley, back from hell,
When you hear that steeple bell
You must say goodbye to me

Wipe him down with gasoline
’til his arms are hard and mean
From now on boys this iron boat’s your home
So heave away, boys

We sail tonight for Singapore,
Take your blankets from the floor
Wash your mouth out by the door,
The whole town’s made of iron ore
Every witness turns to steam,
They all become Italian dreams
Fill your pockets up with earth,
Get yourself a dollar’s worth
Away boys, away boys, heave away

The captain is a one-armed dwarf,
He’s throwing dice along the wharf
In the land of the blind
The one-eyed man is king, so take this ring

We sail tonight for Singapore,
We’re all as mad as hatters here
I’ve fallen for a tawny Moor,
Took off to the land of Nod
Drank with all the Chinamen,
Walked the sewers of Paris
I drank along a colored wind,
I dangled from a rope of sand
You must say goodbye to me

Apart form being a fairly infectious song, the references to the Land of Nod (yeah, probably he means this) and the dice-throwing dwarf make this an interesting jumping off point for a D&D campaign, modern or medieval.

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  1. Remind me to eventually put the Stray Dogs mixtape up on my blog, which was basically me listening to Rain Dogs and Flogging Molly’s Within a Mile of Home one summer and thinking “Yeah, I could make a campaign just based on these albums.” Clap Hands is my ‘sailing your small cutter through the sunken ruins of New York powered by extension cords’ song. 🙂

  2. I hear he’s Big in Japan.


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