"Earth Died Screaming" as written by and Tom Waits....
Rudy's on the midway
And Jacob's in the hole
The monkey's on the ladder
The devil shovels coal
With crows as big as airplanes
The lion has three heads
And someone will eat the skin that he sheds

Well the earth died screaming
While I laid dreaming
Well the earth died screaming
While I laid dreaming
Dreaming of you

Well hell doesn't want you
And heaven is full
Bring me some water
And put it in this skull
I walk between the raindrops
I wait in bug house square
And the army ants
They leave nothing but the bones

Well the earth died screaming
While I laid dreaming
Well the earth died screaming
While I laid dreaming
Well the earth died screaming
While I laid dreaming
Dreaming of you

There was thunder, there was lightning
Then the stars went out
And the moon fell from the sky
It rained mackerel, it rained trout
And the great day of wrath has come
And here's mud in your big red eye
The poker's in the fire
And the locusts take the sky

Well the earth died screaming
While I laid dreaming
Well the earth died screaming
While I laid dreaming
Well the earth died screaming
While I laid dreaming
Dreaming of you
While dreaming of you
While dreaming of you


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  • +1
    General CommentThis song KICKS ASS!
    MardyAsson October 18, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentforget about death metal......mr. waits makes the scariest music
    LennyTheLeppyon November 05, 2004   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretationhe's describing the apocalypse and how, not only could he sleep through it and not care, but he can sleep through it with sweet dreams.
    cviscuso91on January 02, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDeath metal = not scary, just incoherent. and you're right he does make the scariest music. I love this song!!!
    Gryphonon January 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI did not think death metal e.g. bolt thrower was meant to be scary either.

    as far as tom waits goes, earth dies screaming is indeed a chilling song
    NJJon June 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentFits excellently into the twelve monkeys soundtrack.
    bugoffon August 10, 2007   Link
  • -1
    General CommentIncoherent if you're not used to it. I do not find it incoherent.
    MardyAsson February 15, 2005   Link

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