"Jesus Gonna Be Here" as written by and Tom Waits....
Well, Jesus gon' be here
He gonna be here soon, yeah
He a gonna cover us up with leaves
With a blanket from the moon, yea-er
With a promise and a vow
And a lullaby for my brow
Oh, Jesus gonna be here
Gonna be here soon, yeah

Well, I'm not gonna do nothing but wait here
I don't have to shout him
I got me no reason, yea
And I got no doubt, yea-ah
I'm gonna get myself unfurled
From this mortal coiled up world
Jesus gonna be here
Gonna be here soon, yea-m

I got to keep a my eyes
Keep 'em wide open, yea-er
So I can see my Lord, yea-m
I'm gonna watch the horizon
For my brand new Ford, yeah
Well, I can hear him rolling on down the lane
I said, "Ah, Hollywood be thy name."
Cos Jesus gonna be here
He gonna be here soon, yeah

Well I got to keep myself
To keep myself faithful
And you know that I've been so good, yuh
Except for drinking
But he knew what I would, yea-ah
And when I'm gonna leave this place better
Than the way I found that it was
And Jesus gonna be here
He gonna be here soon, yuh
I know my Jesus gonna be here
He gonna be here soon, yea-um
I know my Jesus gonna be here
Gonna be here soon, yeah

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  • +4
    General CommentThis is probably the scariest song Tom Waits has sung.

    It's a dying man's death rattle- hallucinating and delirious in his dying breaths.

    Very simple song, but it's one of the most visceral and affecting interpretations of death put to record.
    chickenpiggieson July 02, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentListening to this song makes me think that I ought to like whiskey and smoke more than I do. Because, honestly, there is a difference between being able to hit the right notes and singing.
    His voice on this make shivers go up my spine, in a very good way.
    lemoerton October 05, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe performance on Storytellers kicks ass.
    The narrator sounds a bit crazy out from the lyrics.
    MardyAsson October 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love "Hollywood be thy name" (instead of "hallowed"). Thought I was hearing things the first few times I heard that. This is the track where he starts coughing at the end - some singers would have cut that bit out, but not Tom.
    morbid moragon October 27, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love that he says "I don't have to shout him" and then immediately shouts the next line of the song louder than the line i just mentioned
    deathtotheweirdon April 28, 2012   Link
  • 0
    Song Meaningoh, also, Tom said in an interview somewhere that the lyrics were inspired by those crazy street preachers you see in urban areas
    deathtotheweirdon April 28, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song is a commentary on mentality of the uneducated poor who claim and cling to religion like a child clings to the belief of Santa Claus.

    "Hollywood be thy name" is making light jest of faux religious scholarship. People quoting and hiding behind scripture with meaning they don't understand.
    Erodoxon October 21, 2017   Link
  • -1
    My InterpretationThis is Tom Waits at his best. Not only does he give us an uplifting gospel tune, but he combines it with a poignant snippet of the human condition.

    Is he a simple spiritual man doing his best to make the world a better place?
    Is he an ignorant drunk who uses religion to hide from his weaknesses?
    Is he just another schmuck trying his best to live his life as best as he can?

    BTW I don't see him dying any sooner than the rest of us. Jesus will be here soon enough.
    MadScion September 28, 2010   Link

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