Well you hate those diesels rollin'
And those Friday nights out bowlin'
When he's off for a twelve hour lay over night

You wish you had a dollar
For every time he hollered
That he's leavin'
And he's never comin' back

But the curtain-laced billow
And his hands on your pillow
And his trousers are hangin' on the chair

You're lyin' through your pain, babe
But you're gonna tell him he's your man
And you ain't got the courage to leave

He tells you that you're on his mind
You're the only one he's ever gonna find
It's kind-a special, understands his complicated soul

But the only place a man can breathe
And collect his thoughts is
Midnight and flyin' away on the road.

But you've packed and unpacked
So many times you've lost track
And the steam heat is drippin' off the walls

But when you hear his engines
You're lookin' through the window in the kitchen and you know
You're always gonna be there when he calls

Cause he's a truck drivin' man
Stoppin' when he can
He's a truck drivin' man
Stoppin' when he can


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Semi Suite Lyrics as written by Tom Waits

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    i think its about a woman who has a truck-driver husband who she doesn't get to see. kinda heartbreaking

    mr093242on May 28, 2011   Link
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    The jazzy instrumentation is enchanting. The muted trumpet I believe, and it comes together with the sax (I'm also not sure if this is right), is fuckin transmogrifying.

    Spooky_Toothon April 03, 2024   Link

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