Martha Lyrics

Tom Waits


publisher: ©BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC
writers: Tom Waits
album: Track 6 in album Closing Time
release date: 1973-5
popularity : 6 users have visited this page.
length: 4:33
cello: Jesse Ehrlich
piano: Tom Waits
producer: Jerry Yester
vocal: Tom Waits
lyricist: Tom Waits
composer: Tom Waits

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Operator, number, please:
It's been so many years
Will she remember my old voice
While I fight the tears?
Hello, hello there, is this Martha?
This is old Tom Frost,
And I am calling long distance,
Don't worry 'bout the cost.
'Cause it's been forty years or more,
Now Martha please recall,
Meet me out for coffee,
Where we'll talk about it all.

And those were the days of roses,
Poetry and prose and Martha
All I had was you and all you had was me.
There was no tomorrows,
We'd packed away our sorrows
And we saved them for a rainy day.

And I feel so much older now,
And you're much older too,
How's your husband?
And how's the kids?
You know that I got married too?
Lucky that you found someone
To make you feel secure,
'Cause we were all so young and foolish,
Now we are mature.

And those were the days of roses,
Poetry and prose and Martha
All I had was you and all you had was me.
There was no tomorrows,
We'd packed away our sorrows
And we saved them for a rainy day.

And I was always so impulsive,
I guess that I still am,
And all that really mattered then
Was that I was a man.
I guess that our being together
Was never meant to be.
And Martha, Martha,
I love you can't you see?

And those were the days of roses,
Poetry and prose and Martha
All I had was you and all you had was me.
There was no tomorrows,
We'd packed away our sorrows
And we saved them for a rainy day.

And I remember quiet evenings
Trembling close to you.

Track Listing

  • 1 Ol’ ’55
  • 2 I Hope That I Don’t Fall in Love With You
  • 3 Virginia Avenue
  • 4 Old Shoes (& Picture Postcards)
  • 5 Midnight Lullaby
  • 6 Martha
  • 7 Rosie
  • 8 Lonely
  • 9 Ice Cream Man
  • 10 Little Trip to Heaven (on the Wings of Your Love)
  • 11 Grapefruit Moon
  • 12 Closing Time