Tom Waits – “Dirt In The Ground”

Posted by on July 13, 2011 in Music, Quick Note | 2 comments

I’ve been on a bit of a Tom Waits kick lately, and this one, a song I listened to thousands of times in my youth, fits beautifully with some of the concepts I have visited here on my blog. Please enjoy Tom Waits performing “Dirt In The Ground” from the brilliant 1992 album “Bone Machine“.

Lyrics after the jump.

What does it matter, a dream of love or a dream of lies
We’re all gonna be in the same place when we die
Your spirit don’t leave knowing your face or your name
And the wind through your bones is all that remains

And we’re all gonna be
We’re all gonna be
Just dirt in the ground

The quill from a buzzard the blood writes the word
I want to know am I the sky or a bird
‘Cause hell is boiling over and heaven is full
We’re chained to the world and we all gotta pull

And we’re all gonna be
Just dirt in the ground

Now the killer was smiling with nerves made of stone
He climbed the stairs and the gallows groaned
And the people’s hearts were pounding, they were throbbing, they were red
As he swung out over the crowd I heard the hangman said

We’re all gonna be
Just dirt in the ground

Now Cain slew Abel, he killed him with a stone
The sky cracked open and the thunder groaned
Along a river of flesh, can these dry bones live?
Ask a king or a beggar and the answer they’ll give

Is we’re all gonna be
Yeah yeah
We’re all gonna be just
Dirt in the ground

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  1. Thanks for introducing me to some really good music, Marty.

    Very, well, soulful, but without the mysticism normally associated with that sort of thing.

    Also, thanks for adding me on Google+

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  2. This guy sure has got it right…we’re all gonna be just dirt in the ground. I like to say we’ll return from whence we came….stardust!

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