Tom Waits — $29.00

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little black girl in a red dress
on a hothight with a broken shoe
little black girl you shoulde never left home
theres probly someone thats still waitin’ up for you
its cold back in chicago
but in los angles its worse
when all you got is $ 29.00 and an alligator purse
i see already that vulture in the fleetwood
with the startruse hood

can see you’re trying to get you bearrings
and you say hey which ways the main stem
and where ever you say you’re from
he’ll say he grew up there himself
and he’ll comeon and make you feel
like you grew up right next door to him
and you say take a left on a central
and he trows it in reverse
cause you only got $ 29.00 and an alligator purse
and he’ll come on like a gentleman
and you’ll be a little shy
you say you ex old man was a sax player
he’ll say baby i used to play bass for sly
and you say you like his cadillac, say honey, i got 2 or 3
he’ll say sweetheart you’re sure fortunate
that you ran into me

when you’ve done a dime in the joint
you figure nothin’ could be worse
and you got $ 29.00 and an alligator purse
well he got pharoh on the 8 track
you start smokin’ a little boo
you thinkin’ gettin’ outofchicago was the
best thing that ever happend to you
startin’ to like it already
this cat seems to be cool
and he says honey i know a good hotel out in west hollywood
that’d be just right for you
but he ain’t know good samaritan
he’ll make sure he’s reimursed

lot more than $ 29.00 and a alligator purse
now the sirens just an epilog
the cops here always get there too late
they always stop for coffee on the way to the scene of the crime
then they always try so hard to look just like movie stars
they couldnt catch a cold
you ony wasting you dime
and she’s lucky to be alive
the doctor whispered to the nurse
she only lost a ½ pint of blood
$ 29.00 and an alligator purse