Tom Waits

Invitation To The Blues

Tom Waits

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Invitation To The Blues

Year: 1976 -

(Tom Waits)

	  		Intro: Dm Bbm6 Fadd9/A Abdim  
       Gm7 A7sus4 A7 Dm Gm/Bb A7 


         Dm                         Bbm6    
Well she's  up against the register with  an apron and a spatula,    
       Fadd9/A                       Abdim    
With yesterday's deliveries and the tickets for the bachelors    
           Gm7                     A7sus4             A7    
She's a moving violation from her conk down to her shoes,    
       Dm            Gm/Bb     A7  Dm    
But it's just an invitation to the blues    

        Gm                            C7    
And you feel just like Cagney, she loks like Rita Hayworth    
         F                        
At the counter of the Schwab's drugstore    
         Gm                                 C7    
You wonder  if she might be single, she's a loner and likes to mingle    
  F                            A      A7  Dm/A  A7    
  Got to be patient, try and pick up  a clue          

          Dm                             Bbm6    
She said "How you gonna like 'em, over medium or scrambled?",    
          Fadd9/A                   Abdim    
You say "Anyway's the only way", be careful not to gamble    
     Gm7                          A7sus4        A7    
On a guy with a suitcase and a  ticket getting  out of here    
    Dm               Dm/C     Bbm6    
In a tired bus station in an old pair of shoes    
        A7sus4                  A7                 Dm    
This ain't no thing but an invitation to the blues    

              Gm                    Gm7     C7    
But you can't take your eyes off her, get another cup of java,    
            F    
And it's jus t the way she pours it for you, joking with the customers    
       Gm              Gm7           C7    
Mercy  mercy, Mr. Percy, there ain't nothing back in Jersey    
         F                     A           A+   A7    
But a broken-down jalopy of a man I left behind    
       Dm                     Dm/C 
And a dream that I was chasing,    
  Bbm6    
a battle with booze    
        A7sus4    A7             Dm    
And an  open invitation to the blues   
  

                 Gm                       C7    
But she used to have a sugar daddy and a candy-apple Caddy,    
       F                                   
And a bank account and everything, accustomed to the finer things    
           Gm                        Gm7          C7    
He probably  left her for a socialite, and he didn't love her 'cept at night,    
      F                             A            A+       A7 
And then he's drunk and never even told her that he cared    
        Dm                    Dm/C 
So they  took the registration,    
        Bbm6    
And the  car-keys and her shoes    
      A7sus4                A7               Dm    
And left her with an invitation to the blues    


Dm Bbm6 Fadd9/A Abdim  
Gm7 A7+ Dm 
(...solo sax)    

                  Gm                             C7    
'Cause there's a Continental Trailways leaving local bus tonight, good evening    
  F                                      
You can have my seat, I'm sticking round here for a while    
         Gm                      C7    
Get me a room at the Squire, the filling station's hiring,    
    F                                      A          A+          A7 
And  I can eat here every night, what the hell have I got to lose?    
       Dm            Dm/C 
Got a crazy sensation,    
      Bbm6    
Go or  stay? now I gotta choose,    
         A7sus4            A7                Dm    
And I'll  accept your invitation to the blues   


		  

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