Diamonds on My Windshield


Well, these diamonds on my windshield
And these tears from heaven
Well, I’m pulling into town on the Interstate
I got a steel train in the rain
And the wind bites my cheek through the wing
And it’s these late nights and this freeway flying
It always makes me sing

There’s a Duster trying to change my tune
He’s pulling up fast on the right
Rolling restlessly by a twenty-four hour moon
And a Wisconsin hiker with a cue-ball head
He’s wishing he was home in a Wisconsin bed
But there’s fifteen feet of snow in the east
Colder than a welldigger’s ass
And it’s colder than a welldigger’s ass

Oceanside, it ends the ride with San Clemente coming up
Those Sunday desperados slip by and cruise with a dry back
And the orange drive-in, the neon billin’
And the theatre’s fillin’ to the brim
With slave girls and a hot spurn bucket full of sin
Metropolitan area with interchange and connections
Fly-by-nights from Riverside
And out of state plates running a little late

But the sailors jockey for the fast lane
So 101 don’t miss it
There’s rolling hills and concrete fields
And the broken line’s on your mind
The eights go east and the fives go north
And the merging nexus back and forth
You see your sign, cross the line, signalling with a blink
And the radio’s gone off the air
Gives you time to think
And you hear the rumble
As you fumble for a cigarette
And blazing through this midnight jungle
Remember someone that you met
And one more block, the engine talks
Whispers ‘home at last’
It whispers ‘home at last’
Whispers ‘home at last’
Whispers ‘home at last’
Whispers ‘home at last’

And the diamonds on my windshield
And these tears from heaven
Well I’m pulling into town on the Interstate
I got me a steel train in the rain
And the wind bites my cheek through the wing
Late nights and freeway flying
Always makes me sing
It always makes me sing
Hmm

Hey! Look here, Jack!
Okay!


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



Produced and engineered by Bones Howe
2nd engineer: Geoff Howe
Recorded at Wally Heider Recorders, Hollywood

Tom Waits: Vocals
Jim Hughart: Upright bass
Jim Gordon: Drums


Time: 3.10

Track 5 on the album ‘The Heart of Saturday Night’ 1974
Track 8 on the compilation vinyl ‘Bounced Checks’ 1981
Track 2 on the compilation vinyl ‘Anthology of Tom Waits’ 1984
Track 5 on the compilation vinyl ‘Asylum Years’ 1984
Track 1 on the compilation CD ‘Asylum Years’ 1986
Track 9 on the compilation ‘The Beat Generation Vol 3’ 1992


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