"Telephone Call from Istanbul" as written by and Tom Waits....
All night long on the broken glass
Living in a medicine chest
Medite-Romanian hotel back
Sprawled across a roll top desk
The monkey rode a blade on an overhead fan
They paint the donkey blue if you pay
I got a telephone call from Istanbul
My baby's coming home today

Will you sell me one of those if I shave my head?
"Get me out of town" is what fireball said
Never trust a man in a blue trenchcoat
Never drive a car when you're dead
Saturday's a festival, Friday's a gem
Dye your hair yellow and raise your hand
Follow me to Beulah's on dry creek road
I got to wear the hat that my baby done sewed

Will you sell me one of those if I shave my head?
"Get me out of town" is what fireball said
Never trust a man in a blue trenchcoat
Never drive a car when you're dead
Saturday's a festival, Friday's a gem
Dye your hair yellow and raise your hand
Follow me to Beulah's on dry creek road
I got to wear the hat that my baby done sewed

Well, take me down to buy a tux on red rose bear
I got to cut a hole in the day
I got a telephone call from Istanbul
My baby's coming home today

Sell me one of those if I shave my head
"Get me out of town" is what fireball said
Never trust a man in a blue trenchcoat
Never drive a car when you're dead
Saturday's a festival, now Friday's just a gem
Dye your hair yellow and raise your hand
Follow me to Beulah's on dry creek road
I got to wear the hat that my baby done sewed, whoa


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"Telephone Call From Istanbul" as written by Thomas Alan Waits

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    General CommentSeems pretty straightforward. His girlfriend's been abroad, in Turkey. She's coming home - he knows because he had a phone call from Istanbul. And he's got to tidy up, get some clean clothes, and a bunch of flowers for her.
    scottmeon October 25, 2013   Link
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    Song MeaningBuelah is a reference to the bible & perhaps William Blake's cosmic mythology. In the bible, Buelah is the name for Palestine redeemed: "and they land shall be called Buelah, for the lord deligteth in thee, and thy land shall be married (Buelah is hebrew for married)." Isiah:lxii:4. For Blake, Buelah was inbetween Eternity (Heaven) & Ulro (eality in its most materialistic, newtonian, soulless form). Buelah is the wellspring our Freudian subconscious and Jungian collective unconscious where "contraries are equally True" (Marriage of Heaven & Hell). It is the spiritual location of Blake's "Innocence" poems. In short, it is certainly a place where you could "drive a car when your dead", cut holes in time, where fireballs (like burning bushes)talk & where you might find your long lost love returning from halfway around the world.
    KubalahtKoalaon April 24, 2010   Link

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