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"the girls" by Neil Gaiman


Time

(Waits, 1985)

Lyrics

The smart money is on Harlow
And the moon is in the street
And the shadow boys are breaking all the laws
You're east of East St. Louis
And the wind is making speeches
And the rain sounds like a round of applause
And Napoleon is weeping in a Carnival saloon
His invisible fiance's in the mirror
The band is going home
It's raining hammers, it's raining nails
and it's true, there's nothing left for him down here

And it's Time Time Time
And it's Time Time Time
And it's Time Time Time
That you love
And it's Time Time Time

Well they all pretend they're Orphans
And their memory's like a train
You can see it getting smaller as it pulls away
The things you can't remember
Tell the things you can't forget that
History puts a saint in every dream
Well she said she'd stick around
Until the bandages came off
But these mama boys just don't know when to quit
Matilda asks the sailors are those dreams
Or are those prayers
So close your eyes, son
This won't hurt a bit

And it's Time Time Time
And it's Time Time Time
And it's Time Time Time
That you love
And it's Time Time Time

Well, things are pretty lousy for a calendar girl
The boys just dive right off the cars
And splash into the streets
And when they're on a roll
she pulls a razor from her boot
and a thousand pigeons fall around her feet
So put a candle in the window
And a kiss upon his lips
As the dish outside the window fills with rain
And just like a stranger with the weeds in your heart
And pay the fiddler off till I come back again

And it's Time Time Time
And it's Time Time Time
And it's Time Time Time
That you love
And it's Time Time Time
And it's Time Time Time
And it's Time Time Time
And it's Time Time Time
That you love
And it's Time Time Time

* original version by Tom Waits
from Rain Dogs






Tori Quotes

Which of those women would you ask for advice yourself when you were in trouble?

"This one, who symbolizes Death in 'Time.' Death is real, she doesn't need a mask or a pose, etiquette, tact or hypocrisy. All those things that make up the communication between mortal people. Death and the passing of Time are almighty, so they can talk freely." [Samsonic - Sept/Oct 2001]

"She's Death. I think everybody gets to pick how they see Death. So to me, she is the Grim Reaper, and I saw her. Because time is ticking, Tori." [AP - October 2001]

"I thought about taking this to the organ, but I stripped it back... It's from the point of view of Death, so I felt like you need to feel like you are sitting on the piano stool. No masks, no effects, it's right here, dry, with a little compression on vocals." [Ice - September 2001]


"Time"
September 18, 2001 - Late Show with David Letterman




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