"Better Off Without a Wife" as written by and Tom Waits....
All my friends are married
Every Tom and Dick and Harry
You must be strong
To go it alone
Here's to the bachelors
And the bowery bums
And those who feel that they're the ones
Who are better off without a wife
I like to sleep until the crack of noon
Midnight howlin' at the moon
Goin' out when I wanto, comin' home when I please
I don't have to ask permission
If I want to go out fishing
And I never have to ask for the keys
Never been no Valentino
Had a girl who lived in Reno
Left me for a trumpet player
Didn't get me down
He was wanted for assault
Though he said it weren't his fault
Well the coppers rode him right
Out of town
(chorus) selfish about my privacy
As long as I can be with me
We get along so well I can't believe
I love to chew the fat with folks
And listen to all your dirty jokes
I'm so thankful for these friends
I do receive
(chorus)


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"Better off Without a Wife" as written by Tom Waits

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    General CommentThis song pretty much goes along with my thoughts on marriage, especially the last verse.
    fearnotofmanon March 30, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYou haven't heard this song unless you've listened to the Nighthawks version. It's hilarious and completely shows Tom Waits brillance and comedic timing.
    voltafan101on August 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song so much. It's so funny; and it manages to be both life-affirming and a little bit wistful at the same time.
    a-girlon April 19, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYou haven't heard this song unless you've listened to the Nighthawks version. It's hilarious and completely shows Tom Waits brillance and comedic timing.
    voltafan101on August 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah, Waits talks about pull'n the pud on Nighthawks
    GreenAndyon September 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat other version is there? it's from Nighthawks at the Diner? Seems like that's the default version to me
    memorybabeon February 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe happiest song ever
    xERaon December 28, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationLovely and funny - makes one wishing to remain or to become a single (I do not recommend listening to the married).
    besnion July 07, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI read this as being about the way we rationalize the places we end up. Was staying single really a principled decision by this character? No, not at all, but it's where he found himself and he's making the best of it, with good humor. Maybe our lives don't work out the way we thought they might, and maybe that gnaws at us a little, and so we spin the fictions that let us live comfortably in our circumstances.
    greensubmarineon March 27, 2013   Link

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