Cold Water


Well I woke up this morning with the cold water
With the cold water, with the cold water
Woke up this morning with the cold water
With the cold water, with the cold

Well the police at the station and they donít look friendly
Well they donít look friendly, well they donít look friendly
Police at the station and they donít look friendly
Well they donít look friendly, well they donít

Blind or crippled, sharp or dull
Iím reading the Bible by a 40 watt bulb
What price freedom, dirt is my rug
Well I sleep like a baby with the snakes and the bugs
Well I...

Stores are open but I ainít got no money
I ainít got no money, well I ainít got no money
Stores are open but I ainít got no money
Well I ainít got no money, well I ainít

Found an old dog and he seems to like me
Seems to like me, well, he seems to like me
Found an old dog and he seems to like me
Well he seems to like me, well he seems

Seen them fellows with the cardboard signs
Scrapiní up a little money to buy a bottle of wine
Pregnant women and the Vietnam vets
I say begginí on the freeway Ďbout as hard as it gets

Well I slept in the graveyard, it was cool and still
Cool and still, it was cool and still
Slept in the graveyard, it was cool and still
Cool and still and it was cool

Slept all night in a Cedar grove
I was born to ramble, born to rove
Some men are searchiní for the Holy Grail
But there ainít nothiní sweeter than ridiní the rails

I look fortyseven but Iím twentyfour
Well they shooed me away from here the time before
Turned their backs and they locked their doors
Iím watchiní TV in the window of a furniture store

And I woke up this morning with the cold water
With the cold water, with the cold water
I woke up this morning with the cold water
With the cold water, with the cold

Well I woke up this morning with the cold water
Cold water, with the cold water
Woke up this morning with the cold water
Cold water, with the cold


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



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


Tom Waits: Vocals and guitar
Larry Taylor: Bass
Christopher Marvin: Drums
Marc Ribot: Guitar solo


Track 6 on the album ĎMule Variationsí 1999
Time: 5.21


Live versions available on these bootlegs:

Metropol Theater, Berlin, Germany, July 16, 1999
Congress Center, The Hague, Holland, July 20, 1999
Teatro Comunale, Florence , Italy, July 24, 1999
Teatro Comunale, Florence , Italy, July 25, 1999
The Hummingbird Centre, Toronto, Canada, August 24, 1999
The Chicago Theatre, Chicago, August 26, 1999
The Chicago Theatre, Chicago, August 27, 1999
The State Theatre, Minneapolis, August 29, 1999
The State Theatre, Minneapolis, August 30, 1999
The Orpheum Theatre, Boston, September 20, 1999
The Beacon Theatre, New York, September 23, 1999
The Paramount Theatre, Denver, October 12, 1999
The 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle, October 19, 1999