Tom Waits had two passions: cinema and music. He started his musical career in the Seventies, and made his first film appearance in 1978. A few years later, he met Jim Jarmush and performed one of his best roles while composing the soundtracks of Down by Law (1986), Mystery train (1989) and Night on Earth (1990). Blue Valentines is Tom Wait’s blusier song.


‘She sends me blue valentines

All the way from philadelphia

To mark the anniversary

Of someone that I used to be

And it feels just like there’s

A warrant out for my arrest

Got me checkin in my rearview mirror

And I’m always on the run

That’s why I changed my name

And I didn’t think you’d ever find me here

 To send me blue valentines

Like half forgotten dreams

Like a pebble in my shoe

As I walk these streets

And the ghost of your memory

Is the thistle in the kiss

And the burgler that can break a roses neck

Its the tatooed broken promise

That I hide beneath my sleeve

And I see you every time I turn my back

She sends me blue valentines

Though I try to remain at large

They’re insisting that our love

Must have a eulogy

Why do I save all of this madness

In the nightstand drawer

There to haunt upon my shoulders

Baby I know

Id be luckier to walk around everywhere I go

With a blind and broken heart

That sleeps beneath my lapel

 She sends me my blue valentines

To remind me of my cardinal sin

I can never wash the guilt

Or get these bloodstains off my handa

And it takes a lot of whiskey

To take this nightmares go away

And I cut my bleedin heart out every nite

And I die a little more on each st. Valentines day

Remember that I promised I would

Write you…

These blue valentines

Blue valentines

Blue valentines’


Title: Blue Valentines

Artist: Tom Waits

Album: Blue Valentine

Released: 1978


Tom Waits. Blue Valentine, 1978 - Anything Blue

Tom Waits. Blue Valentine, 1978 – Anything Blue

‘Blue Valentine opens with an astonishingly desperate version of “Somewhere” (from “West Side Story”) , performed like Louie Armstrong with a migraine. From there it’s the usual Waits mix of crackpot wordplay and the cocktail lounge jazz likes of “Romeo Is Bleeding.’

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Lyrics from Tom Wait’s official website

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