"Cold Cold Ground" as written by and Tom Waits....
Crestfallen sidekick in an old cafe
Never slept with a dream before he had to go away
There's a bell in the tower, Uncle Ray bought a round
Don't worry 'bout the army in the cold, cold ground

Cold, cold ground
Cold, cold ground
Cold, cold ground

Now don't be a cry baby when there's wood in the shed
There's a bird in the chimney and a stone in my bed
When the road's washed out, we pass the bottle around
And wait in the arms of the cold, cold ground

The cold, cold ground
The cold, cold ground
The cold, cold ground

There's a ribbon in the willow and a tire swing rope
Oh, and a briar patch of berries takin' over the slope
The cat'll sleep in the mailbox and we'll never go to town
Till we bury every dream in the cold, cold ground

In the cold, cold ground
The cold, cold ground
In the cold, cold ground
In the cold, cold ground

Give me a Winchester rifle and a whole box of shells
Blow the roof off the goat barn, let it roll down the hill
The piano is firewood, Times Square is a dream
I find we'll lay down together in the cold, cold ground

The cold, cold ground
The cold, cold ground
In the cold, cold ground

We'll call the cops on the Breedloves, bring a Bible and a rope
And a whole box of Rebel and a bar of soap
Make a pile of truck tires and burn 'em all down
Bring a dollar with you, baby, in the cold, cold ground

In the cold, cold ground
In the cold, cold ground
In the cold, cold ground

Take a weathervane rooster, throw rocks at his head
Stop talking to the neighbors until we all go dead
Beware of my temper and the dog that I've found
Break all the windows in the cold, cold ground

In the cold, cold ground
In the cold, cold ground
In the cold, cold ground
In the cold, cold ground
In the cold, cold ground
In the cold, cold ground
In the cold, cold ground
In the cold, cold ground
In the cold, cold ground
In the cold, cold ground


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"Cold Cold Ground" as written by Thomas Alan Waits

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  • +1
    General CommentI never thought about the poverty angle, but that does fit in really well with what I was thinking, and that was it basically just describes winter life (especially if you're poor) with lines like "don't be a cry baby there's wood in the shed" and "stop talking to the neighboors till we all go dead" (the way you kind of close yourself off from all but your own household in the winter)
    Pigwaldon January 18, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is not about poverty, but simplicity. The paring down of life to the essentials: a stone to warm your bed, wood in the shed, and a bottle to pass around in quiet solitude with the only people that matter.
    hangable_auto_blurbon August 27, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"wade in the arms of the cold cold ground"
    truly romance in death. leave it to tom.
    j.enslowon August 24, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI believe it's about death and the last time you have before it.
    suburbanon May 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI realized it's probably just about poverty
    suburbanon September 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit reminds me of leonard cohen's 'dimonds in the mines'.it seems like everyone has given up and but are still ecxpecting more. maybe its the apocolypse...
    winter does that to people.
    goodgriefon July 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsorry for the misspellings
    goodgriefon July 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit could be poverty, it could be expecting more, and it could be death, all intertwined into one song, you know tom waits. he's an interesting man.
    SKULLZORon January 30, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti believe this song could be related to his version of the american dream and how he'll never reach it, "the piano is firewood
    times square is a dream"
    he could also be reffering to the great depression and having no money, wealth will always just be a dream for him.
    madhia336on June 17, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentActually, this song reminds me of the South and old-fashioned (or stereotypical) Southern lifestyle.

    The gun toting, drinking, "whole box of rebel" as in rebel flag, bible & a rope.

    And it sounds like the man this song is about, is digging his own grave so-to-speak with his actions. Being reclusive and shady, along with what I mentioned above.

    But, this is just my interpretation.
    MrsShanklandon March 28, 2010   Link

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