Adios Lounge


I know an oldtimer
Just a nickel-and-dimer
At the bar down the Adios Lounge
And for whiskey and smokes
Recites poems and jokes
But heís not just your average clown
And heís entertaining nightly
Down the Adios Lounge
And he puts it politely
But he does lay it down

Now I lie here alone in my bed
With these words running wild in my head
He said

Donít let nobody go there for you
Donít be satisfied with a second-hand life
Donít let nobody stifle or bore you
Handle your troubles or take on your strife
Donít let nobody live your life for you
Not your friends, not your kids, no not even your wife
If you want to know where the rainbow ends
Itís you whoīve got to go there and find it my friend

So Iím going back down
To the Adios Lounge
Where thereís no one to wait up for me
I hope heís still around
Oh, that crazy old scrounge
To tell us how things ought to be
He said

Donít let nobody go there for you
Donít be satisfied with a second-hand life
Donít let nobody stifle or bore you
Handle your troubles or take on your strife
Donít let nobody live your life for you
Not your friends, not your kids, no not even your wife
If you want to know where the rainbow ends
Itís you whoíve got to go there and find it my friend

So I buy him more drinks
Just to hear what he thinks
Oh, itís worth it to see him almost smile
Itís worth feeling free for a while
At the bar down the Adios Lounge
At the bar down the Adios Lounge
At the bar down the Adios Lounge



Words and music by Bob Kuhn and George M. Kuhn
©1992 Langis Songs / Kuhn Publishing




Produced by Al Kooper
Engineered by Gary Laney
Recorded at Sound Emporium, Nashville

Tom Waitsí vocal was recorded by Mooka Rennick at Prairie Sun Recording, Cotati


Bob Forrest: Vocals
Dix Denney: Guitar
Chris Handsome: Guitar
Peter Weiss: Drums
Martin LeNoble: Bass
Tom Waits: Vocals
Al Kooper: Keyboards
Sam Bush: Mandolin


Time: 4.22

Track 4 on Thelonius Monsterís album ĎBeautiful Messí 1992
Side A of a Thelonius Monster single (b/w ĎVegas Weekendí) 1992
Track 4 on the EMI compilation ĎAlternative Rock Hitsí 1995
Track 7 on the bootleg ĎTales from the Underground, Vol 1í