Kentucky avenue

Eddie Grace’s Buick got 4 bullet holes in the side
Charlie Delisle is sittin’ at the top of an avocado tree
Mrs Storm’ll stab you with a steak knife if you step on her lawn
I got a half pack of Lucky Strikes man, so come along with me

Let’s fill our pockets with macadamia nuts
Then go over to Bobby Goodmans’s and jump off the roof
Beulah plays strip poker while her mama’s ’cross the street
Joey Navinsky says she put her tongue in his mouth

Dicky Faulkner’s got a switchblade and some gooseneck risers
That eucalyptus is a hunchback there’s a wind up from the south
So let me tie you up with kite string and I’ll show you the scabs on my knee
Watch out for broken glass, put your shoes and socks on
And come along with me

Let’s follow that fire truck, I think your house is burning down
Then go down to the hobo jungle and kill some rattlesnakes with a trowel
Then we’ll break all the windows in the old Anderson place
and we’ll steal a bunch of boysenpies and smear ‘em on your face

I’ll get a dollar from my mama’s purse
and buy that scull and crossbones ring
And you can wear it round your neck on an old piece of string

Then we’ll spit on Ronnie Arnold and flip him the bird
And slash the tires on the school bus
Now don’t say a word
I’ll take a rusty nail and scratch your initials in my arm
And I’ll show you how to sneak up on the roof of the drugstore

I’ll take the spokes from your wheel chair
and a magpie’s wings
and I’ll tie ‘em to your shoulders and your feet
I’ll steal a hacksaw from my dad
cut the braces off your legs
And we’ll bury them tonight out in the cornfield

Just put a church key in your pocket
We’ll hop that freight train in the hall
And we’ll slide all the way down the drain
to New Orleans in the fall


Words and Music: Tom Waits
Publishers: Published by BMG Rights Management US, LLC/Local Publisher: David Gresham Music Publishing