"Children's Story" as written by and Tom Waits Kathleen Brennan....
Once upon a time, there was a poor child,
With no father and no mother,
And everything was dead,
And no one was left in the whole world.
Everything was dead.
And the child went and searched day and night,
And since nobody was left on the earth,
He wanted to go up in to the heavens,
And the moon was looking at him so friendly,
And when he finally got to the moon,
The moon was a piece of rotten wood.
And then he went to the sun,
And when he got there,
The sun was a wilted sunflower.
And when he got to the stars,
They were little golden flies, stuck up there like the shrike sticks among the black thorn.
And when he wanted to go back down to Earth,
The Earth was an overturned piss-pot, And he was all alone.
And he sat down and he cried.
And he is there to this day.
All alone.

Okay, there's your story.
Night night.
(Laughs)


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    General CommentThis is great I love the ending "the earth was an overturned piss-pot" :-D
    orangebeakeron December 03, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti love how he started laghing at the end. :)
    sexy-man-beaston December 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentDoes he laughs or he cries? Because sometimes, laughs are pretty similar to crying. That's one depressing song, but knowing Waits, he may be laughing.
    Deodataon October 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI'm pretty sure he's laughing.
    whatchamacallmeon December 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is actually taken from a German play called Woyzek.

    Also, Waits' album Blood Money was music written for a contemporary version of Woyzek. Fun facts!
    dirgepyeon February 29, 2008   Link

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