Yesterday Is Here

No better way to begin than with a blessing from Tom Waits.


If you want money in your pocket
and a top hat on your head,
a hot meal on your table
and a blanket in your bed,
well today is grey skies,
tomorrow is tears,
you’ll have to wait till yesterday is here.
Well, I’m going to New York City
and I’m leaving on a train
and if you want to stay behind and
wait till I come back again,
well today is grey skies,
tomorrow is tears,
you’ll have to wait till yesterday is here
If you want to go
where the rainbows end
you’ll have to say goodbye.
All our dreams come true,
baby, up ahead
and it’s out where your memories lie.
Well, the road’s out before me
and the moon is shining bright.
What I want you to remember
as I disappear tonight,
today is grey skies
tomorrow is tears,
you’ll have to wait till yesterday is here.

About the author

Justin Vellucci is a staff writer for PopMatters, Spectrum Culture, and MusicTAP, a contributor to Pittsburgh Current, and a former staffer for Popdose, Punk Planet and Delusions of Adequacy. His music writing has appeared in national magazines such as American Songwriter, alt-pubs like The Brooklyn Rail, Pittsburgh CityPaper and San Diego CityBeat, blogs Swordfish, Punksburgh and Linoleum, and the Gannett magazine Jetty. He lives in Pittsburgh.

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