Big in Japan


I got the style but not the grace
I got the clothes but not the face
I got the bread but not the butter
I got the window but not the shutter

But I知 big In Japan
I知 big in Japan
Hey, but I知 big in Japan
I知 big in Japan

I got the house but not the deed
I got the horn but not the reed
I got the cards but not the luck
I got the wheel but not the truck

But hey, I知 big in Japan
I知 big in Japan
But hey, I知 big in Japan
I知 big in Japan

I got the moon, I got the cheese
I got the whole damn nation on their knees
I got the rooster, I got the crow
I got the ebb, I got the flow

I got the powder but not the gun
I got the dog but not the bun
I got the clouds but not the sky
I got the stripes but not the tie

But hey, I知 big in Japan
I知 big in Japan
I知 big in Japan
I知 big in Japan
I知 big in Japan

Hey-ho, they love the way I do it
Hey-ho, there痴 really nothing to it

I got the moon, I got the cheese
I got the whole damn nation on their knees
I got the rooster, I got the crow
I got the ebb, I got the flow

I got the sizzle but not the steak
I got the boat but not the lake
I got the sheets but not the bed
I got the jam but not the bread

But hey, I知 big in Japan
I知 big in Japan
I知 big in Japan
Hey! I知 big in Japan
I知 big in Japan
I知 big in Japan



Words and music by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan
ゥ1999 Jalma Music (ASCAP)




Produced by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan
Recorded by Oz Fritz and Jacquire King
2nd engineer: Jeff Sloan
Recorded at Prairie Sun Recording Studios


Tom Waits: Vocals, guitar and rhythm effect
Brain Mantia: Drums
Les Claypool: Bass
Larry LaLonde: Guitar
Ralph Carney: Sax and trumpet


Time: 4.02

Track 1 on the album 閃ule Variations 1999
Track 3 on the single 践old On 1999
Track 19 on the compilation 'Punk-o-Rama Vol. 4' 1999





Live versions available on these bootlegs:

The Paramount Theatre, Oakland, June 9, 1999
The Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, June 12, 1999
Congress Center, The Hague, Holland, July 21, 1999
Teatro Comunale, Florence, Italy, July 23, 1999
Boot title: Keep Eating
Teatro Comunale, Florence, Italy, July 24, 1999
Teatro Comunale, Florence, Italy, July 25, 1999
The Hummingbird Centre, Toronto, August 24, 1999
The Beacon Theatre, New York, September 24, 1999
Hult Center, Eugene, Oregon, October 15, 1999
Le Grand Rex, Paris, France, May 30, 2000
Le Grand Rex, Paris, France, May 31, 2000