Annie’s Back in Town


In the evening stumbles home with his tie undone
And the moon sweeps Seventh Avenue as usual
You lie awake at night, you remember when
Now that Annie’s back in town

Well, I know why you’re drinkin’, I know your alibi
So don’t make up excuses, those are tears in your eyes
And you’re falling back in love again
Now that Annie’s back in town

And it came down through the grapevine
You put your business on the street
I hear you been hangin’ out ‘til dawn in some lunch room
And you thought you’d gotten over here
But that was ‘til you found
That Annie’s back in town

And all the corner boys are troublemakers
And the sailors are all fools
It almost seems like some things ‘round here
I guess’ll never change
But it’s always good for business
Guess we’ll be seeing you around
Now that Annie’s back in town



Words and music by Tom Waits
©1978 Fifth Floor Music, Inc.




Produced and engineered by Bones Howe
2nd engineer: Geoff Howe
Recorded September 7, 1978


Tom Waits: Vocals and piano
Strings arranged by ?


Track 7 on the soundtrack album ‘Paradise Alley’ 1979
Track 19 on the bootleg ‘Drunk on the Moon’
Track 17 on the bootleg ‘A Nickel’s Worth of Dreams’
Track 7 on the bootleg ‘Tales from the Underground Vol 3’


Live versions available on these bootlegs:

Huntington Beach, CA 1978 (Date? Venue?)
The Warner Theatre, Washington, November 21, 1978
Austin City Limits, Austin, Texas, March 24, 1979
Boot title: ‘Rendezvous at Midnight’
Also on ‘A Televisual Feast’
The State Theatre, Sydney, Australia, May 2, 1979
Boot title: Cold Beer on a Hot Night
1980. 2 performances (Dates? Venues? Citites?)
Boot title: I’m a Jack-Off of All Trades
The Apollo Theatre, London, England, March 23, 1981
Montreal Jazz Festival, The Expo Theatre, Montreal, Canada, July 3, 1981
Boot title: Shadows of Intolerance
Town Hall, Christchurch, New Zealand, September 27, 1981