"'Til the Money Runs Out" as written by and Tom Waits....
Check this strange beverage that falls out from the sky, splashin' Bagdad on
The Hudson in panther Martin's eyes, he's high and outside wearin' candy apple
Red, scarlet gave him twenty seven stitches in his head, with a pint of green
Chartreuse ain't nothin' seems right, you buy the Sunday paper on a Saturday
Night.

Can't you hear the thunder someone stole my watch, I sold a quart of blood
And bought a half a pint of scotch, some one tell those Chinamen on telegraph
Canyon road, when there ain't no time to
Unload, so bye bye baby baby bye bye.

Droopy stranger lonely dreamer toy puppy and the prado, we're laughin' as
They piled into Olmos' El Dorado, Jesus whispered eni meany miney moe, they're
Too proud to duck their heads that's why they bring it down so low, so bye
Bye baby baby bye bye.

The pointed man is smack dab in the middle of July, swingin' from the
Rafters in his brand new tie, he said I can't go back to that hotel room all
They do is shout, but I'll stay wichew baby till the money runs out, so bye
Bye baby baby bye bye.


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"'Til the Money Runs Out" as written by Tom Waits

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    Song MeaningAgain, my apologies for being a pushy newcomer. I have saturated myself in some of these songs for years, though that doesn't mean I really have heard them right.

    The "strange beverage" is rain which is strange to someone who mostly drinks booze. Panther Martin is a wasted street person who is high on drugs and out with the rain falling in his eyes. Someone, probably the cops, cracked his head for him splitting his scalp, requiring 27 stitches. The candy apple red could be weird clothes, or he could be blood soaked. Nothing makes sense when you're this f*cked up.

    Several people having a good time getting into a Pimpmobile. At least one of them is going to die (selected by Jesus), probably ending up lying in the street (bring it down so low.)

    "Pointed man" might refer to a zoot suit with sharp lapels, not sure on this, but the heat is on (smack dab in the middle of July). This implies drugs and money owed. He's in the process of committing suicide by hanging himself (swingin from the rafters in his brand new tie). He can't face the people he owes, he told his woman he'd stay with her till the money runs out, which it obviously has, "so bye bye baby, baby bye bye" ending in a strangled scream.
    ktonyon May 25, 2013   Link

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