Frank's Wild Years

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David Wilson on May 20, 2009

Franks Wild Years by Tom Waits

Frank settled down in the Valley, and he hung his wild years on a nail that he drove through his wife's forehead.

He sold used office furniture out there on San Fernando Road and assumed a $30,000 loan at 15 1/4 % and put a down payment on a little two bedroom place.

His wife was a spent piece of used jet trash Made good bloody-marys, kept her mouth shut most of the time, had a little Chihuahua named Carlos that had some kind of skin disease and was totally blind.

They had a thoroughly modern kitchen; self-cleaning oven (the whole bit) Frank drove a little sedan. They were so happy.

One night Frank was on his way home from work, stopped at the liquor store, picked up a couple of Mickey's Big Mouth’s. Drank 'em in the car on his way to the Shell station; he got a gallon of gas in a can.

Drove home, doused everything in the house, torched it. Parked across the street laughing, watching it burn, all Halloween orange and chimney red.

Frank put on a top forty station, got on the Hollywood Freeway headed North.

Never could stand that dog.

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    by David Wilson
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