"Hang Down Your Head" as written by and Tom Waits....
Hush, a wild violet, hush, a band of gold
Hush, you're in a story I heard somebody told
Tear the promise from my heart, tear my heart today
You have found another, oh baby, I must go away

So hang down your head for sorrow, hang down your head for me
Hang down your head tomorrow, hang down your head Marie

Hush, my love, the rain now, hush, my love was so true
Hush, my love, a train now, well, it takes me away from you

So hang down your head for sorrow, hang down your head for me
Hang down your head, hang down your head, hang down your head, Marie

So hang down your head for sorrow, hang down your head for me
And hang down your head, hang down your head, hang down your head, Marie


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"Hang Down Your Head" as written by Thomas Alan Waits Kathleen Brennan

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    General CommentIMHO i dont think this is a very personal Waits song, just about a guy and a girl and possibly he has been away for some time in which she has moved on but when he returns she feels love for him but he is telling her not to "you have found another baby i must go away" is where im getting this from.
    llainon June 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI agree this song does not seem personal but I didn't get the "moved on and returned" vibe. To me, it seems like he is on his way out "the train takes me away from you." Though, this always seemed metaphorical. Her actions have torn him away, made it feel like he is on a train being lead away. I always got the image of a soldier off at war and his sweetheart at home has cheated on him and left him.
    mpaz14on November 10, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI listened to this song an hour ago for the first time. Loved the melody of it. The melody is very strong. Tom gets me by surprise most of the times, this was no exception. The usual Tom style lyrics of dark imagery and story don't exist here in this song in their usual way. But that should not be confused with something not up to the mark. The richness of language is vividly visible in the lyrics. The guitar lick is very jazzy. Overall a very good song. Though it would be better if people start sharing their interpretations of lyrics. I liked the one 'mpaz14', where he says he thought of a soldier and his cheating lover. Lyrically speaking the song takes a good literary turn when the song gives a name to the girl in question. This significantly helps to evoke the imagery for a listener.
    sujiton May 15, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationThe lyrics make me believe that it's about a couple having a conversation after some time apart ("Hush my love a train now well it takes me away from you"). Because of the distance and time, the girl, Marie, has someone else in her mind and as such he decides to leave.

    However he leaves with a broken heart ("Tear the promise from my heart, tear my heart today") and hope that she feels the same pain ("Hang down your head for me") -- as opposed to being happy that he's leaving.
    brokentoyon September 14, 2012   Link

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