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On the Nickel

Song Author Tom Waits Lyrics by: Tom Waits Performer: Tom Waits Submitted by: cazteclo
S[B]tick and Stones will B[F#]reak my Bones,
[B]But I always will be [F#]true,
[B]And when your mama is [F#]dead and [D#m]gone,    
I'll Sing this [G#m]Lulabye just for [C#sus4]you,        [C#]    
[B]And what becomes of all the [F#]little boys,
[B]Who never comb their [F#]hair   
[B]Well they're [G#maj7]lined up [F#]all around [D#m]the block
On the [G#m]Nickel [C#]over [F#]there.

[B]So you better bring a [F#]bucket,
[B]There is a hole in the [F#]pail,
[B]And if you don't get my [F#]lette[D#m]r,    
Then you'll [G#m]know that I'm in [C#sus4]jail        [C#]    
[B]And what becomes of all the little [F#]boys,
[B]Who never say their [F#]prayers,
[B]Well they're [G#maj7]sleepin' lik[F#]e a    [D#m]baby,    
On the [G#m]Nickel [C#]over [F#]there.

[Db]And if you chew [Ab]tobacco,
[Db]And wish upon a [Ab]star,
[Db]Well you'll find out where the [Ab]scarecrows [Fm]sit,   
Just like [Bbm]puchlines between the [Eb]cars,
[Db]And I know a place where a [Ab]royal flush,
[Db]Can never beat a [Ab]pair,
[Db]And    [Bb/D]even Thomas [Ab/Eb]Jefferso[Fm]n,   
Is on the [Bbm]Nickel [Eb]over [Ab]There.

[Db]So ring around the [Ab]rosie,
[Db]You're sleepin in the [Ab]rain,
[Db]And you're always late for [Ab]supper,[Fm]    
And man you [Bb]let me down, let me down [Eb]again,
[Db]I thought I heard a [Ab]mocking bird,
[Db]Roosevelt knows [Ab]where,
[Db]You can [Bb/D]skip the light with [Ab/Eb]Grady [Fm]Tuck,
On the [Bbm]Nickel [Eb]over [Ab]There.

[Eb]So what becomes of all the little [Bb]boys,
[Eb]Who run away from [Bb]home,
[Eb]Well the world just keeps [Bb]gettin' [Gm]bigger,
[Cm]Once you get out on your [F]own,
[Eb]So here's to all the little [Bb]boys,
[Eb]The sandman takes you [Bb]where,
[Eb]Your sleepin' with the [Bb]pillow of [Gm]man,   
On the [Cm]Nickel [F]over [Bb]There.

[Eb]So climb up thru that [Bb]buttonhole,
[Eb]And fall right up the [Bb]stairs,
[Eb]I'll show you [C/E]where the [Bb/F]short dog[Gm]s grow,
On the [Cm]Nickel...[F]over [Bb]There.

Stick and Stones will Break my Bones,
But I always will be true,
And when your mama is dead and gone,
I'll Sing this Lulabye just for you,
And what becomes of all the little boys,
Who never comb their hair
Well they're lined up all around the block
On the Nickel over there.

So you better bring a bucket,
There is a hole in the pail,
And if you don't get my letter,
Then you'll know that I'm in jail
And what becomes of all the little boys,
Who never say their prayers,
Well they're sleepin' like a baby,
On the Nickel over there.

And if you chew tobacco,
And wish upon a star,
Well you'll find out where the scarecrows sit,
Just like puchlines between the cars,
And I know a place where a royal flush,
Can never beat a pair,
And even Thomas Jefferson,
Is on the Nickel over There.

So ring around the rosie,
You're sleepin in the rain,
And you're always late for supper,
And man you let me down, let me down again,
I thought I heard a mocking bird,
Roosevelt knows where,
You can skip the light with Grady Tuck,
On the Nickel over There.

So what becomes of all the little boys,
Who run away from home,
Well the world just keeps gettin' bigger,
Once you get out on your own,
So here's to all the little boys,
The sandman takes you where,
Your sleepin' with the pillow of man,
On the Nickel over There.

So climb up thru that buttonhole,
And fall right up the stairs,
I'll show you where the short dogs grow,
On the Nickel...over There.

Chords

  • B
  • F#
  • D#m
  • G#m
  • C#sus4
  • C#
  • G#maj7
  • Db
  • Ab
  • Fm
  • Bbm
  • Eb
  • Bb/D
  • Ab/Eb
  • Bb
  • Gm
  • Cm
  • F
  • C/E
  • Bb/F

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