Edna Million in a drop dead suit
Dutch Pink on a downtown train
Two-dollar pistol but the gun won't shoot
I'm in the corner on the pouring rain
Sixteen men on a dead man's chest
And I've been drinking from a broken cup
Two pairs of pants and a mohair vest
I'm full of bourbon, I can't stand up

Hey little bird, fly away home
Your house is on fire, your children alone
Hey little bird, fly away home
Your house is on fire, your children alone

Schiffer broke a bottle on Morgan's head
And I've been stepping on the devil's tail
Across the stripes of a full moon's head
through the bars of a Cuban jail
Bloody fingers on a purple knife
Flamingo drinking from a cocktail glass
I'm on the lawn with someone else's wife
Admire the view from the top of the mast

Hey little bird, fly away home
House is on fire, your children alone
Hey little bird, fly away home
House is on fire, your children alone

I said hey little bird, fly away home
Your house is on fire, your children alone
Hey little bird, fly away home
House is on fire, your children alone

Yellow sheets on a Hong Kong bed
Stazybo horn and a Slingerland ride
"To the carnival" is what she said
A hundred dollars makes it dark inside
Edna Million in a drop dead suit
Dutch Pink on a downtown train
Two-dollar pistol but the gun won't shoot
I'm in the corner on the pouring rain

Hey little bird, fly away home
Your house is on fire, your children alone
Hey little bird, fly away home
Your house is on fire, your children alone


Lyrics submitted by archmastermind, edited by Snaro59


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  • +1
    General CommentIf you've ever seen "Down By Law", this is the song you hear in the beginning of the movie, and it's the best video-clip you can hope for this one,
    speaking of movies, Waits stars in down by law (you may wanna see coffee and cigarettes too) Waits's Movie appearances are simply unforgettable. (It sure helps if you're a fan :) )
    omer_sharavon December 18, 2005   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI'm just guessing here but,,,
    Drop Dead Suit is slang for a murder charge

    Dutch Pink can be either blood or slang for captured alone (alone as in going "dutch", and pink - for awhile it was short for captured by the Pinkerton Detective Agency)

    Stepping on the devil's tail definitely means dabbling in some sort of illegal or immoral activity

    The stripes of a full moon's head through the bars of a Cuban jail: moonlight through cell bars looks like stripes on the floor (Been there, done that), and Full Moon's Head refers to the face of the man-in-the-moon

    My thoughts are that the song is about a cabby who inadvertently ferried a mobster or hit-man around town. Only after a crime was committed did the cabby realize what was up but it was too late to back out. He then got blind drunk to ease his conscience. The lyrics represent his statement to the police while in a drunken stupor.

    That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.
    :-)
    Snaro59on July 20, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! haha.
    SimpleDashboardPlanon July 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song feels like something from a film-noir movie. I could see this song in the background of a movie like A Touch of Evil.
    charrbinon May 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbest song on the island years album
    NJJon June 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIf you love this song, you owe it to yourself to watch "Strangers on a Train". I feel certain that it served as inspiration for this song.
    dharbigton January 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjust wanna add that is also on the beggining of "Things to do in Denver when you are dead", it's a travelling too but with palms instead of houses from a depressing neighbourhood.

    incredible song as usual in him
    leslie stdon January 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentamazing song. the guitar instantly takes you to another place.
    Banana Republicon September 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's definitely "A hundred dollars makes the talking sad," as in paying a prostitute makes for depressing conversation. At least that's how I always hear/interpret the line.
    tommy crashwreckon September 01, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've just realised how similar this tune is to the opening credits of 'Black Books' - check it out!
    jackbasementon June 16, 2009   Link

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