"Goin' Out West" as written by and Tom Waits....
Well I'm goin' out west
Where the wind blows tall
'Cause Tony Franciosa
Used to date my ma
They got some money out there
They're giving it away
I'm gonna do what I want
And I'm gonna get paid
Do what I want
And I'm gonna get paid

Little brown sausages
Lying in the sand
I ain't no extra, baby
I'm a leading man
Well my parole officer
Will be proud of me
With my Olds 88
And the devil on a leash
My Olds 88
And the devil on a leash

Well I know karate, voodoo too
I'm gonna make myself available to you
I don't need no make up
I got real scars
I got hair on my chest
I look good without a shirt

Well I don't lose my composure
In a high speed chase
Well my friends think I'm ugly
I got a masculine face
I got some dragstrip courage
I can really drive a bed
I'm gonna change my name
To Hannibal or maybe
Just Rex
Change my name to Hannibal
Or may be just Rex

I'm gonna drive all night
Take some speed
I'm gonna wait for the sun
To shine down on me
I cut a hole in my roof
The shape of a heart

And I'm goin' out west
Where they'll appreciate me
Goin' out west
Goin' out west

Lyrics submitted by yuri_sucupira

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  • +1
    General CommentFight club is the shit.

    as is this song.

    it's in this scene where they are entering a seedy little bar, and they're all "we're so badass" and everyone around's all "they're so badass" and Tom Waits is all "I'm so badass", and Edward Norton is.... well he's hot.
    Anamarijaon May 08, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's an obvious jab at Hollywood "pretty boys" and glorifying "real men".
    He's got a good point.
    katkat75on March 05, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is amazing,
    just raw
    conservativeblueson February 24, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentgoin west means to die
    garethmon October 20, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is what happens when grunge meets country.
    I heard it from Fight Club.
    Its a just kool badass song to drive to.
    ikhabaat_craneon February 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is one of my favourite songs from "Bone Machine" and it makes a great appearance in "Fight Club".

    My favourite lines from this song are:
    "I got hair on my chest
    I look good without a shirt"
    elwyn5150on January 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt should be noted that Tom sings the song as if it was one of those " generic army songs ".
    Ex Abruptoon June 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentexcellent song... qotsa covering this song is great, man...
    juanmlon December 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat a song! I think katkat75 is right ... Seeing Brad Pitt in Fight Club is kind of ironical, especially when this song plays in the tavern. But well, in my (and obviously not only mine) opinion he plays his part brilliant.
    lost_oneon June 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits alluding to holden caufield from 'the catcher in the rye' who is lonely, unappreciated and wants to get out somewhere. so he plans to go out west to california and start a new life, not to die like some people suggest.

    still an amazing song!!!
    mr093242on July 07, 2011   Link

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