"Raised Right Men" as written by and Kathleen Brennan Tom Waits....
There ain't enough raised right men
I said there ain't enough raised right men
It takes a raised right man to keep a happy hen
I said there ain't enough raised right men

Heavens to murgatroyd
Miners to coal
A good women can make a diamond out of a measly lump of coal
You need the patience of a glacier
If you can wait that long
Open up his window and admit it that you're wrong

They're ain't enough raised right men
I said there ain't enough raised right men
It takes raised right men to keep a happy hen
I said there ain't enough raised right men

Mackey Debiasi
Was a complicated man
He quarreled with his woman
And she quarreled with her man
His head was just too thick
So she knocked out a tooth
He's that lonely man on the turnpike in the toll takers booth

They're ain't enough raised right men
I said there just ain't enough raised right men
It takes raised right men to keep a happy hen
I said there ain't enough raised right men

Gunplay Maxwell and Flat Nose George
Ice Pick Ed Newcomb on a slab in the morgue
Flat Nose looked at Gunplay
And they all looked at me
With a good woman's love we
Could have saved all three

And there ain't enough raised right men
Ain't enough raised right
Ain't enough raised right
Ain't enough raised right me
I said there ain't enough raised right men
It takes raised right men to keep a happy hen
I said there ain't enough raised right men
I said there ain't enough raised right men
I said there ain't enough raised right men
Where are the raised right men


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"Raised Right Men" as written by Thomas A. Waits Kathleen Brennan

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    General CommentI think Tom is mourning the loss of traditional values, boys being raised in to good men who know how to function well in relationships rather than winding up alone and sad, like the Mackie Debiasi in his toll takers booth, or dead in the morgue like Gunplay Maxwell and his two friends. He's saying it takes a good man to keep a good woman (a "Happy Hen"), and that the love of a good woman can in turn be the salvation of a man.
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