"Saving All My Love for You" as written by and Tom Waits Waits Tom....
It's too early for the circus,
It's too late for the bars,
No one's sleepin' but the paperboys,
And no one in this town is makin' any noise,
But the dogs and the milkmen and me.

The girls around here all look like Cadillacs,
No one likes a stranger here,
I'd come home but I'm afraid
That you won't take me back,
But I'd trade off everything just to have you near.

I know I'm irresponsible and I don't behave,
And I ruin everything that I do,
And I'll probably get arrested when I'm in my grave,
But I'll be savin' all my love for you.

I paid fifteen dollars for a prostitute,
With too much makeup and a broken shoe,
But her eyes were just a counterfeit,
She tried to gyp me out of it,
But you know that I'm still in love you.

Don't listen to the rumors that you hear about me,
Cause I ain't as bad as they make me out to be,
Well I may lose my mind but baby can't you see,
That I'll be savin' all my love for you.


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"Saving All My Love for You" as written by Tom Waits

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    General CommentLovely song.
    gweepson November 11, 2006   Link
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    General Commentit's too early for the circus, it's too late for the bars, no one's sleepin'
    but the paperboys, and no one in this town is makin' any noise, but the dogs
    and the milkmen and me.

    I love the beginning of this song. Very Bukowski-ish.
    Ex Abruptoon June 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI hate this song with a passion. This is Tom Waits at his most obnoxious. So, he sleeps with some poor hooker and we are supposed to pity HIM? All this sentimental sexism is just unbearable. The music is dreadfully dull as well. Luckily, I am not the only one that dislikes this sappy crap (from a Tom Waits-interview in Mojo):

    "TW: Maudlin and schmaltzy. Oh yeah I’m aware of that. My wife [ co-writer Kathleen Brennan] electrocutes me every time I do that.

    SS: She has a schmaltzometer ?

    TW: She really does. And I have to be careful - ‘ Am I slipping into self parody here ?’ ‘Is this worthwhile or just a lame exercise ?’ The song she really hates is Saving All My Love For You, off Heartattack and Vine. ‘ What is this bullshit ?"


    I think meeting Kathleen was the best thing that ever happened to Tom and his music.
    Prunesqualloron December 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think it's a mistake to assume that every song is autobiographical. I always find this one rather funny - he's writing in the persona of the kind of man who constantly screws up but thinks he can get away with it with his boyish charm & aw-shucks honesty. When he's talking about the prostitute I can just see his wife/girlfriend kicking him out of the door. It cracks me up! Waits can be horribly sentimental sometimes, but I think he gets away with it here because of the humour.
    morbid moragon March 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentSongs like this where he sings with a little bit of a slur or drawl I always imagine as being from the point of view of someone who's really drunk. Here, the narrator's trying desperately to apologize, but due to the inebriation he doesn't really understand that what he's done can't exactly be made up so easily, so the song comes off as "Oh, yeah, that... but I still really love ya, babe, okay?" And to be fair, it is a REALLY corny and schmaltzy and sentimental song, but hey, maybe that's just the alcohol talking.

    The song's no masterpiece or anything but it's not entirely accurate to call it sexist. It's more like sexist by proxy.
    Chocolate Is Yummyon August 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentMy interpretation of this song is it illustrates the kind of scenario where a couple are in a sexless marriage/relationship for some reason. the man gets tempted and goes with a prostitute, the encounter goes wrong and she clips him. he confesses to his partner and tries to explain in vain that he really loves her but has needs that are not being fulfilled.

    She probably leaves him which is totally understandable because it is nigh on impossible for a relationship with no sexual activity to last. I can't understand why Kathleen Brennan Hated it so much, maybe it touched a raw nerve with her.
    BarnabyHugheson October 06, 2015   Link

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