"Heartattack and Vine" as written by and Tom Waits....
Liar liar with your pants on fire, white spades hangin' on the telephone
Wire, gamblers reevaluate along the dotted line, you'll never recognize
Yourself on heartattack and vine.

Doctor lawyer beggar man thief, Philly Joe remarkable looks on in disbelief,
If you want a taste of madness, you'll have to wait in line, you'll probably
See someone you know on heartattack and vine.

Boney's high on china white, shorty found a punk, don't you know there ain't
No devil, there's just god when he's drunk, well this stuff will probably kill
You, let's do another line, what you say you meet me down on heartattack and

See that little jersey girl in the see-through top, with the peddle pushers
Sucking on a soda pop, well I bet she's still a virgin but it's only twenty-
Five 'til nine, you can see a million of 'em on heartattack and vine.

Better off in iowa against your scrambled eggs, than crawling down cahuenga
On a broken pair of legs, you'll find your ignorance is blissful every goddamn
Time, your're waitin' for the RTD on heartattack and vine.

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"Heartattack and Vine" as written by Thomas Alan Waits

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  • +2
    General CommentGood Insight you have there eatagoat666.

    Here is a clip that writer Stephen Peeples did with Tom Waits in 1980.

    Waits: I was in a bar one night on Hollywood Boulevard near Vine Street, and this lady came in with a dead animal over her arm, looking like she'd obviously been sleeping outdoors. She walked up to the bartender and said, "I'm gonna have a heart attack," and he says, "Yeah, right, you can have it outside." I thought that was pretty chilly. So I re-named Hollywood Blvd. "heartattack."
    bluesbegger123on June 05, 2009   Link
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    General Commentobviously it's about cocaine. but i love "there ain't no devil, there's just god when he's drunk" how true.
    voltafan101on August 07, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOr maybe it is just about LA...
    Heatattack and Vine
    Hollywood and Vine
    eatagoat666on August 31, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"This stuff will probably kill you, let's do another line" - classic!
    morbid moragon June 01, 2008   Link
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    Song Meaningi have always been amazed by the talent of Tom Waits. his lyrics are amazing. i think that this song is simple. it is about when you are just seeking what makes you feel good with no reguard for consiquence. Life is full of pain and suffering but sometimes ( and usuallya t the cost of future torture) you can actually feel good and you cant deny it because it is really the only time you are not suffering.
    whathehellwhynoton July 14, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI heard someone call this song: "nervous breakdown blues" :)
    omer_sharavon December 18, 2005   Link

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