"Everything Goes to Hell" as written by and Kathleen Brennan Tom Waits....
Why be sweet, why be careful, why be kind?
A man has only one thing on his mind
Why ask politely, why go lightly, why say please?
They only want to get you on your knees
There's a few things that I never could believe

A woman when she weeps
A merchant when he swears
A thief who says he'll pay
A lawyer when he cares
A snake when he is sleeping
A drunkard when he prays
I don't believe you go to heaven when you're good
Everything goes to hell, anyway

Laissez-faire mi amour, ce la vie
Shall I return to shore or swim back out to sea?
The world don't care what a sailor does in town
It's all hanging in the windows by the pound
I don't believe you go to heaven when you're good
Everything goes to hell, anyway

I only want to hear you purr and to hear you moan
You have another man who brings the money home
I don't want dishes in the sink
Don't tell me what you feel or what you think
There's a few things I never could believe

A woman when she weeps
A merchant when he swears
A thief who says he'll pay
A lawyer when he cares
A snake when he is sleeping
A drunkard when he prays
I don't believe you go to heaven when you're good
Everything goes to hell, anyway

Everything goes to hell, anyway
Oh, everything goes to hell, anyway


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"Everything Goes to Hell" as written by Thomas Alan Waits Kathleen Brennan

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    General CommentAs ST said, the song does starts off with the duplicity of men lying to get a person ito bed, but then he says "What the hell, the woman's lying when she weeps about it". and as Thither states it's about the duplicity of everyone on the planet.

    And what a marvellous cry of despondency: "Everything goes to hell, anyway!"
    xdvron January 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWith the song's main subject beign about not caring, I'm thinking the chorus are all examples in corcomparisons to it.
    Example 1-- If a woman is upset beacuse she was used, it shouldn't be anger directed toward the guy, but toward herself for falling for it. Which relates to the sleeping snake. Don't act surprised when it bites you, you knew what it was, no matter how harmless it may seem. [Males are predators.] A woman shouldn't "weep" about it, it's bull. She wanted it.
    Example 2-- If a thief makes a promise, how likely is it that he or she will keep it? They must have weak moral stamina if they steal, their word is worth nothing.
    Example 3-- People with problems might turn to drinking. Drunks feel extreme emotion. Mix the two and you'd find someone in a very desperate situation. Once they sober up, they might not mean the prayers anymore.

    None of it matters;
    Religious people are selfish not moral, they're only good to go to heaven. But they're not going there, so might as well be yourself n' live it up. 'Cause everything goes to hell anyway.
    BobbyGravestoneon October 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentTo me this song seems to be about how men (perhaps Tom himself), will tell women lies to get them to sleep with them. And this is Tom being honest with a woman.
    STon April 07, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis is one of his best songs
    PiKueloon February 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think it's more about everyone on Earth being basically self-centered hypocrites at the root of it all (not just specifically in relationships).
    thitheron July 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe album this is from, "Blood Money", is the music and lyrics from an adaptaion of the play 'Woyjeck". The song is sung by the man who Woyjeck's wife, Marie< is having an affair with. The man is saying that Marie means nothing to him, and that he is there for the sex, not a relationship. The idea that the voice in the song is a man who is having an affair with a married woman is stated in the third stanza.
    vonfunkon May 14, 2006   Link

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