"Filipino Box Spring Hog" as written by and Tom Waits....
I hung on to Mary's stump
I danced with a soldier's glee
With a rum-soaked crook and a big fat laugh
I spent my last dollar on thee
I saw Bill Bones, gave him a yell
Kehoe spiked the nog
With a chain-link fence and a scrap-iron jaw
Cookin' up a Filipino Box Spring Hog
Cookin' up a Filipino Box Spring Hog
Cookin' up a Filipino Box Spring Hog

Spider rolled in from Hollister Burn
On a one-eyed stolen mare
Donned himself with chicken fat
Sawin' on a jawbone violin there
Kathleen was sittin' down in Little Red Recovery Room
In her criminal underwear bra
I was naked to the waist with my fierce black hound
And I'm cookin' up a Filipino Box Spring Hog
Cookin' up a Filipino Box Spring Hog
Cookin' up a Filipino Box Spring Hog

Dig a big pit in a dirt alley road
Fill it with madrone and bay
Stinks like hell and the neighbors complain
Don't give a hoot what they say
Gotta slap that hog
Roll em over twice
Gotta baste him with a sweeping broom
You gotta swat them flies and chain up the dogs
Cookin' up a Filipino Box Spring Hog
Cookin' up a Filipino Box Spring Hog
Cookin' up a Filipino Box Spring Hog

Rattlesnake piccata with grapes and figs
Old brown Betty with a yellow wig
Tain't the mince meat filagree
And it ain't the turkey-neck stew
And it ain't them bruleed okra seeds
Though she made them especially for you
Worse won a prize for her bottom black pie
The beans got thrown to the dogs

Jaheseus Christ, I can always make room
Cookin' up a Filipino Box Spring Hog
Cookin' up a Filipino Box Spring Hog
Cookin' up a Filipino Box Spring Hog
Cookin' up a Filipino Box Spring Hog
(Cookin' up a Filipino Box Spring Hog, cookin' up a Filipino Box Spring Hog)


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"Filipino Box Spring Hog" as written by Thomas Alan Waits

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    General CommentI read somewhere (not sure how true it is) that the song realtes to an eviction party held in honour of a Filipino landlord, in which a pig was barbecued on old box spring, possibly in the house. Far-fetched I guess.

    I also recall him recounting a comment from his wife, Kathleen lamenting that when she finally appeared in one of his songs it was in some highway-side dive bar (The Little Red Recovery Room) in her underwear.
    Dawgon August 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeh, sounds like a marching song
    MardyAsson October 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthese lyrics are wrong, check out officialtomwaits.com
    MardyAsson October 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song sounds like captain beefheart on a much meaner drug
    cccfffvvvon June 26, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis one makes me hungry. Filippino people really know how to eat.
    gwonyaon December 23, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionIt seriously sounds like some kind of twisted... country... rap song to me.
    Earthisinterestingon January 01, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about murdering somebody for some kind of trespass against the narrator and then burying them in a ditch, and maybe recovering it to dispose of the body by feeding it to, potentially, dogs.
    NateDawggEon June 13, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionIt's just about a west coast white trash bbq. None of that stuff about burying a dead body.
    Bajinganlangiton January 08, 2016   Link

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