I fell into the ocean
When you became my wife
I risked it all against the sea
To have a better life

Marie you're the wild blue sky
And men do foolish things
You turn kings into beggars
And beggars into kings

Pretend that you owe me nothing
And all the world is green
We can bring back the old days again
And all the world is green

The face forgives the mirror
The worm forgives the plow
The questions begs the answer
Can you forgive me somehow?

Maybe when our story's over
We'll go where it's always spring
The band is playing our song again
And all the world is green

Pretend that you owe me nothing
And all the world is green
We can bring back the old days again
And all the world is green

The moon is yellow silver
Oh, the things that summer brings
It's a love you'd kill for
And all the world is green

He is balancing a diamond
On a blade of grass
The dew will settle on our graves
When all the world is green


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  • +3
    General Comment"The face forgives the mirror
    The worm forgives the plow
    The questions begs the answer
    Can you forgive me somehow"

    now that is a fucking lyric
    patobrienon December 08, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe worm/plow line is a quote from William Blake's 'Marriage of Heaven & Hell,' and Waits and his wife wrote the song for the musical adaptation of the 1913 play "Woyzeck," in which it is performed as a duet.
    SocietysPlierson August 19, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is the first song that my fiance and I ever danced to when we first started dating. Our friend Nathan Asher from the band Nathan Asher and the Infantry will be performing this song at our wedding for our first dance. I can't wait. Go check out my friends band if you love lyrical music. nathanasher.com
    melanieo7on February 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHoly crap. Where were you that they were playing this? If there was a bar/club near me that played Tom Waits I bet I'd never be out of it... That said, this song is absolutely perfect. To meet a girl who likes this song... Well. It would be a damn miracle.
    BrokeAccounton October 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentpatobrien - precisely.

    And yeah, if I knew of a bar that played this kind of stuff I'd never leave it either.
    caitsith01on December 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSuch a beautiful song. One of Wait's best.
    relephant23elephanton November 03, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBeautiful song, one of my favourite....
    "He is balancing a diamond
    On a blade of grass
    The dew will settle on our graves
    When all the world is green"
    I wonder, it could be "...balancing a diamond on a blade of grass.." sounds like he is trying to do something that seems impossible. Do you think it's like trying to keep balace in a relationship or maybe in life :? "The dew will settle on our graves When all the world is green"... and at the end we all die but the world will keep turning..
    EveMusicon February 16, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is one of my absolute favourites! It came on while i was watching a movie with my boyfriend and my jaw just dropped.

    I think it is about a man who was is deeply in love with a lover he has wronged and is trying to explain to her how much he is sorry and how much he loves her.
    theblackrideron June 11, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSounds to me like an old married couple trying to make their relationship a happy one again.
    HatFullaRainon June 16, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationWhile I actually like your opinions on the song meaning, I am afraid this song is actually about something quite dark. Tom Waits wrote this song for a play called Woyzeck, and the album Blood Money contains all the music that he wrote for the play. In this play the main character, Franz Woyzeck, is a German soldier who lives with his love Marie. She leaves him for another man who forces himself upon her. In a fit of jealousy kills Marie and then kills himself. At least this is what I have read. My interpretation is that this song is something that Woyzeck is expressing as remorse right before he kills himself.
    TomWaitsforNooneon July 30, 2011   Link

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