Blue Skies


Blue skies over my head
You give me another reason to get out of bed
Blue skies is there shining in my face
Gonna give me another woman to take her place

I ain’t got no money, the cupboards are bare
No cigarettes, and the kids got nothing to wear
She walked out without a word
Now the only sound left is that sweet morning bird

Singing, blue skies over my head, and now...
Give me another reason to get out of bed
Blue skies, it’s there shining in my face
Will give me another woman to take her place

That woman stood by me through thick and through thin
When I was cold and hungry, well she smiled and let me in
But she wanted those fine things and those nights on the town
Well, it looks to me like she let me down

Blue skies, yeah, over my head
You gotta give me another reason to get out of bed, yeah
Blue skies, well, there shining in my face
Gotta give me another woman to take her place
Gotta give me another woman to take her place



Words and music by Tom Waits
©1974 Fifth Floor Music Inc.




Produced and engineered by Bones Howe
2nd engineer: Geoff Howe
Recorded at Wally Heider Recorders, Hollywood
Recorded December 26, 1973,
during the ‘Heart of Saturday Night’ sessions


Tom Waits: Vocals and piano
Jim Gordon: Drums
Jim Hughart: Bass
Arthur Richards: Guitar
Oscar Brashear: Trumpet
Tom Scott: Saxophone

Orchestral arrangement: Mike Melvoin


Time 3.17

Side A of a 7" single in 1974
Track 2 on ‘A Nickel’s Worth of Dreams’
Track 1 on ‘Tales from the Underground, Volume 1’