"Virginia Avenue" as written by and Tom Waits....
Well, I'm walking on down Virginia Avenue
Trying to find somebody to tell my troubles to.
Harold's club is closing,

And everybody's going on home:
What's a poor boy to do?

I'll just get on back into my short,
Make it back to the fort
Sleep off all the crazy lizards inside of my brain.
There's got to be some place
That's better than this
This life I'm leading's driving me insane

And let me tell you I'm dreaming

Let me tell you that
I'm dreaming to the twilight,
This town has got me down.
I've seen all the highlights,
I've been walking all around
I won't make a fuss, I'll take a Greyhound bus,
Carry me away from here:
Tell me, what have I got to lose?

Cause I'm walking on down Columbus Avenue
The bars are all closing,
Cause it's quarter to two
Every town I go to is like a lock without a key
Those I leave behind are catching up on me,
Let me tell you they're catching up on me,
They're catching up on me
Catching up on me, catching up on me,
Catching up on me.

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"Virginia Avenue" as written by Thomas Waits

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  • +2
    General CommentVirginia Avenue is the old main street of Reno, Nevada. At one time (1940s-1960s) Harold's Club was the biggest casino in Reno. By the time this song was written, Harold's was pretty run down and right nearby was a Greyhound bus station and a pretty notorious skid row where a number of transients were known to have had a sip or two of cheap wine. The narrator of the song seems to have made a stop there.
    wallyworld17on June 02, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGreatest drunk guy song. Even the melody makes it seem as if the music itself is not walking in a straight line.
    Ex Abruptoon June 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's "craziness", isn't it, not "crazy lizards". Although, now you mention it, I do like the idea of those crazy brain lizards! Great song. We've all been there, wandering from bar to bar & hoping to find a shoulder to cry on.
    morbid moragon August 11, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthe music really does feel drunk. its almost got that stumble and sway to it.
    deadraton July 04, 2010   Link

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