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Invitation to the Blues

Song Author Tom Waits Lyrics by: Tom Waits Performer: Tom Waits Submitted by: cazteclo
Well she[Dm]'s up against the register w[Bbm]ith an apron and a spatula,
With [F]yesterday's deliveries and[Bdim] the tickets for the bachelors
She's[Gm7] a moving violation from [A7sus4]her conk down[A7] to her shoes,
But it'[Dm]s just an inv[Gm]itatio[A7]n to [Dm]the blues

And y[Gm]ou feel just like Cagney, [C7]she looks like Rita Hayworth
At th[F]e counter of the Schwab's drugstore
You wond[Gm]er if she might be single, she's a l[C7]oner and likes to mingle
G[F]ot to be patient, try and [A]pick [A7]up    [Dm]a c   [A7]lue   

She said[Dm] "How you gonna like 'em, over[Bbm] medium or scrambled?",
You say "[F]Anyway's the only way", be c[G]areful not to gamble
On a [Gm7]guy with a suitcase an[A7sus4]d a ticket getti[A7]ng out of here
In a ti[Dm]red bus station in an[Bbm] old pair of shoes
This ain'[A7sus4]t nothing but an [A7]invitation [Dm]to the blues
But you can'[Gm]t take your eyes off her,[C7] get another cup of java,
And it'[F]s just the way she pours it for you, joking with the customers
Mercy[Gm] mercy, Mr. Percy, there ain[C7]'t nothing back in Jersey
But a[F] broken-down jalopy [A]of a man[A7] I left behind
And a[Dm] dream that I was chasing,
a b[Bbm]attle with booze
And an [A7sus4]open in       [A7]vitation to [Dm]the blues

But she used t[Gm]o have a sugar daddy and[C7] a candy-apple Caddy,
And a[F] bank account and everyth[F]ing, accustomed to the finer things
He probably[Gm] left her for a socialite, and he[C7] didn't love her 'cept at night,
And th[F]en he's drunk and never even told [A]her that he cared
So th[Dm]ey took the registration,
And the [Bbm] car-keys and her shoes
And [A7sus4]left her with an[A7] invitation t[Dm]o the blues

'Cause there's [Gm]a Continental Trailways leavin[C7]g local bus tonight, good evening
Y[F]ou can have my seat, I'm stickin[F]g round here for a while
Get me[Gm] a room at the Squire, [C7]the filling station's hiring,
And [F]I can eat here every night, what the he[A]ll have I got to lose?
Got a[Dm] crazy sensation,
Go or[Bbm] stay? now I gotta choose,
And I'[A7sus4]ll accept your invi[A7]tation to the[Dm] blues

Well she's up against the register with an apron and a spatula,
With yesterday's deliveries and the tickets for the bachelors
She's a moving violation from her conk down to her shoes,
But it's just an invitation to the blues

And you feel just like Cagney, she looks like Rita Hayworth
At the counter of the Schwab's drugstore
You wonder if she might be single, she's a loner and likes to mingle
Got to be patient, try and pick up a clue

She said "How you gonna like 'em, over medium or scrambled?",
You say "Anyway's the only way", be careful not to gamble
On a guy with a suitcase and a ticket getting out of here
In a tired bus station in an old pair of shoes
This ain't nothing but an invitation to the blues
But you can't take your eyes off her, get another cup of java,
And it's just the way she pours it for you, joking with the customers
Mercy mercy, Mr. Percy, there ain't nothing back in Jersey
But a broken-down jalopy of a man I left behind
And a dream that I was chasing,
a battle with booze
And an open invitation to the blues

But she used to have a sugar daddy and a candy-apple Caddy,
And a bank account and everything, accustomed to the finer things
He probably left her for a socialite, and he didn't love her 'cept at night,
And then he's drunk and never even told her that he cared
So they took the registration,
And the car-keys and her shoes
And left her with an invitation to the blues

'Cause there's a Continental Trailways leaving local bus tonight, good evening
You can have my seat, I'm sticking round here for a while
Get me a room at the Squire, the filling station's hiring,
And I can eat here every night, what the hell have I got to lose?
Got a crazy sensation,
Go or stay? now I gotta choose,
And I'll accept your invitation to the blues

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  • A7sus4
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  • C7
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