"Starving in the Belly of a Whale" as written by and Tom Waits....
Life is whittled
Life's a riddle;
Man's a fiddle
That life plays on
When the day breaks
And the earth quakes;
Life's a mistake
All day long

You tell me:
Who gives a good goddamn
You'll never get out alive
Don't go dreaming; don't go scheming
A man must test his mettle
In a crooked old world

Starving in the Belly
Starving in the Belly
Starving in the Belly of a Whale
Oh, you're starving in the Belly
Starving in the Belly
Starving in the Belly of a Whale

Don't take my word
Just look skyward
They that dance must pay the fiddler
Sky is darkening
Dogs are barking
But the caravan moves on

You tell me:
Who gives a good goddamn
You'll never get out alive
Don't go dreaming; don't go scheming
A man must test his mettle
In a crooked old world

Starving in the Belly
Starving in the Belly
Starving in the Belly of a Whale
Oh, we're starving in the Belly
Starving in the Belly
Starving in the Belly of a Whale

As the crow flies
It's there the truth lies
At the bottom of the well
E-o-leven goes to heaven
Bless the dead here as the rain falls
Don't trust a bull's horn
A Doberman's tooth
A runaway horse or me
Don't be greedy, don't be needy
If you live in hope you're
Dancing to a terrible tune
Starving in the Belly
Starving in the Belly
Starving in the Belly of a Whale
You're starving in the Belly
Starving in the Belly
Starving in the Belly of a Whale


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"Starving in the Belly of the Whale" as written by Tom Waits

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    General CommentSO GOOD NOT TO SURE WHAT IT MEANS EITHER
    Philly21on August 23, 2006   Link
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    General Commentrotting in a shitty city.
    introverted.mouseon January 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAmazing song! One of Tom Waits' best. I think it's about how society is shitty
    BobbyjointRitualon February 17, 2008   Link
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    General Commentobviously alluding to jonah, who was stuck in a whale's bellows for 3 days for sinning.

    in the same way, our bad deeds have got us starving (in a metaphorical sense of course) where we are. fits in really well with the rest of the blood money album
    mr093242on May 27, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI think it means that we have everything but don't know it, and just keep searching for an elusive thing.
    Catherinepcson August 22, 2013   Link

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