"Lost in the Harbour" as written by and Tom Waits....
Over here the ladies all want sweet perfume
But there's never a rose
And over there the roses are frightened to bloom
So they never can grow

And over here they need wool
For weaving their baby's new clothes
But nobody has any wool
And the sheep are all lost in the harbor
Lost in the harbor

And over here they want diamonds to wear
But there aren't any here
And over there everyone's hiding their tears
But they're crying inside

And the wall won't come down
Till they're no longer afraid of themselves
And if you don't believe me ask yourselves
And then I can come down to the harbor
Down to the harbor

And then I will fill the ocean back up with my tears
I still have a couple more years
And then I can come back to the harbor
Down to the harbor

Lyrics submitted by Dr_Colossus, edited by Mellow_Harsher

"Lost in the Harbour" as written by Thomas Alan Waits Kathleen Brennan

Lyrics © Peermusic Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +2
    General CommentI love this song. tomwaitslibrary.com quotes Tom as saying it's about walls (And the wall won't come down), for example Berlin Wall, Israel/Palestine, Northern Ireland conflict. Hence the "over here" and "over there".

    My favourite line is

    "And the wall won't come down
    Till they're no longer afraid of themselves" and the last verse.
    taal_19on November 13, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is amazing. The melody when he says "Lost in the Harbor" is amazing. The song is both warming and haunting at the same time.
    ikefoxon September 24, 2006   Link

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