Bad Liver and a Broken Heart

Well, I got a bad liver and a broken heart
Yeah, I drunk me a river since you tore me apart
And I donít have a drinking problem
Ďcept when I canít get a drink
And I wish youíd known her, we were quite a pair
She was sharp as a razor and soft as a prayer

So welcome to the continuing saga
She was my better half, and I was just a dog
And so here am I slumped
Iíve been chipped and Iíve been chumped on my stool
So buy this fool some spirits and libations
Itís these railroad station bars
And all these conductors and the porters
And Iím all out of quarters

And this epitaph is the aftermath
Yeah, I choose my path, hey come on, Kath
Heís a lawyer, he ainít the one for ya
No, the moon ainít romantic, itís intimidating as hell
And some guyís trying to sell me a watch
And so Iíll meet you at the bottom of a bottle of bargain Scotch
I got me a bottle and a dream, itís so maudlin it seems

You can name your poison
Go on ahead and make some noise
I ainít sentimental
This ainít a purchase, itís a rental, and itís purgatory
And hey, whatís your story, well I donít even care
Cause I got my own double-cross to bear

And Iíll see your Red Label, and Iíll raise you one more
And you can pour me a cab, I just canít drink no more
Cause it donít douse the flames that are started by dames
It ainít like asbestos
It donít do nothing but rest us assured
And substantiate the rumors that youíve heard

Words and music by Tom Waits
©1976 Fifth Floor Music, Inc. (ASCAP)

Produced and engineered by Bones Howe
2nd engineers: Geoff Howe and Bill Broms
Recorded at Wally Heider Recording, Hollywood, California in July 1976

Tom Waits: Vocals and piano

Track 8 on the album ĎSmall Changeí 1976
Time: 4.46

A version of the song was performed on September 7, 1978, during the Paradise Alley sessions, available on these bootleg albums:
Drunk on the Moon
A Nickelís Worth of Dreams

HERE for live versions