"Muriel" as written by and Tom Waits....
Muriel since you left town
The clubs closed down
And there's one more burned out lamppost
On Main Street
Down where we used to stroll

And Muriel
I still hit all the same old haunts
And you follow me wherever I go

And Muriel I see you
On a Saturday night
In a penny arcade
With your hair tied back
And the diamond twinkle
Is in your eye
Is the only wedding ring that I'll buy you

And Muriel how many times
I've left this town
To hide from your memory
And it haunts me

But I only get as far
As the next Whiskey bar
I buy another cheap cigar
And I'll see you every night

Hey Muriel
Hey buddy
Got a light?

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"Muriel" as written by Tom Waits

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    General CommentMuriels are, as you probably know, cheap cigars with a picture of a girl with her "hair tied back" on the ring (the paper ring around a cigar - "the only wedding ring I'll ever buy you"). The line is pretty obvious - "i'll light another cheap cigar, and see you every night" - but great nonetheless.

    Tom Waits has some of the most profound lyrics in modern music. They take some digging most of the time. Muriel is a great song, but I think Tom is having a little fun here. Did he buy a cheap Muriel ("in a penny arcade") one night and find a song in it?
    lumberjackmuzon July 04, 2009   Link
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    General Commentholy shit no ones commented this song? i think i've listened to this more than any other one of his. its wonderful. if u havent heard it then get it.
    radioledjangoon January 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt is wonderful. It's basically about being stuck in a rut - his girl is gone, and all he can do is hang around in same old places, drinking and reminiscing, completely unable to move on.
    twainon October 13, 2008   Link

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