"The Fall of Troy" as written by and Tom Waits Kathleen Brennan....
It's the same with men as with horses and dogs
Nothing wants to die
Evelyn? James they killed in a game
with guns too big for their hands
just off St. Charles in No-Mans Land
and you'll have to find your own way home.
Boys, you'll have to find your own way home.

The oldest was Troy, an eighteen year-old boy
Shot dead in March during a robbery
his brother started out to hell and to ruin
Troy's killer was never caught they say.
Young nick he just went bad that day
Now he'll have to find his own way home.
Boys, he'll have to find his own way home.

Why cook dinner?
Why make my bed?
Why come home at all?
Out the door and through the woods
There is a world where nothing grows
It's hard to say grace and to sit in the place
Of someone missing at the table
Mom's hair sprayed? tight
And her face in her hands
Watching TV for answers to me
After all she's only human
And she's trying to find her own way home.
Boys, she's trying to find her own way home.

My legs ache
My heart is sore
The well is full of pennies.

Lyrics submitted by yuri_sucupira, edited by Mellow_Harsher

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    General CommentThis is a beautiful song, about tragedy and the unique struggle of trying to cope with the loss of a loved one.
    killrockstarzon January 28, 2006   Link
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    General Commentjust to clear it up
    this song is NOT by the fall of troy.
    claragrrlon July 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentBut it's funny though, that Fall of Troy has made a song named "Tom Waits". Probably not a coincidence ;)
    EpicMon May 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song always moves me to tears, especially at the last bit "the well is full of pennies" Just so much there in that line, about hope and wishes that will never be answered. I need a tissue!
    sOsiNgsOngon April 15, 2008   Link
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    General CommentTom said on a radio show before playing the song:
    "This is a song I wrote with my wife, Kathleen Brennan. This was a news article, about two kids that, uh, were involved in a shooting, and they were young kids. That was in New Orleans."
    ikefoxon May 18, 2008   Link
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    General Commenttom really knows how to translate loss, tragedy and emotion with his voice and the simplicity of the music! beautiful
    envy_wingson July 02, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of my favorites by them, but I really like their old stuff as well, when they were still known as "Thirty Years War"... But, this is a great song. What I've noticed about them in general is that most of their songs are depressing, or about someone that's gone. Very pretty though.
    CrazedChick514on May 10, 2006   Link

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