"Tango Till They're Sore" as written by and Tom Waits....
Well you play that tarantella all the hounds will start to roar
The boys all go to hell and then the Cubans hit the floor
They drive along the pipeline, they tango 'til they're sore
They take apart their nightmares and they leave them by the door
Let me fall out of the window with confetti in my hair
Deal out Jacks or Better on a blanket by the stairs
I'll tell you all my secrets, but I lie about my past
And send me off to bed for evermore

Make sure they play my theme song, I guess daisies will have to do
Just get me to New Orleans and paint shadows on the pews
Turn the spit on that pig and kick the drum and let me down
Put my clarinet beneath your bed 'til I get back in town
Let me fall out of the window with confetti in my hair
Deal out Jacks or Better on a blanket by the stairs
I'll tell you all my secrets, but I lie about my past
So send me off to bed for evermore

Just make sure she's all in calico and the color of a doll
Wave the flag on Cadillac day, and a skillet on the wall
Cut me a switch or hold your breath 'til the sun goes down
Write my name on the hood, send me off to another town, and just
And just let me fall out of the window with confetti in my hair
Deal out Jacks or Better on a blanket by the stairs
Tell you all my secrets, but I lie about my past
Will you send me off to bed for evermore

Fall out of the window with confetti in my hair
Deal out Jacks or Better on a blanket by the stairs
I'll tell you all my secrets, but I lie about my past


Lyrics submitted by yuri_sucupira, edited by Mellow_Harsher

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  • +3
    General Commenthe wants a party for his funeral. he's crazy drunk and telling a story about himself in the scattered and unfocused way a drunk guy would. The sleazy gambling night and mysterious shady characters are his idea of happiness, and death, as well, it seems.
    rufranoon October 03, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"This song is about a guy who falls out of a window on New Year's Eve, and the only thing that breaks his fall is that fact that he has a little confetti in his hair." - Tom Waits on David Letterman, 1986

    I LOVE this song. It's amazing.
    BakeCarrotson June 16, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentalways loved a lot of his lyrics
    This being one of them:
    "Fall out of the window with confetti in my hair
    Deal out Jacks or Better on a blanket by the stairs
    I'll tell you all my secrets, but I lie about my past"
    Erika144on March 24, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is one of the best songs eve, IMO. It's classy and sleaze at the same time, just excellent. Reminds me of NO so much.
    lixtetraxon March 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is what I want at my funeral. A heady mix of vaudeville, regret and vigour.
    Hobbespawnon October 06, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe way that he sings "Put my clarinet beneath your bed 'til I get back in town" always sends shivers down my spine.
    relephant23elephanton August 19, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's about a guy who wants to die partying.
    HatFullaRainon June 16, 2010   Link

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