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Ruby's Arms Lyrics

"Ruby's Arms" was written by Tom Waits.
"Ruby's Arms" was written by Tom Waits.

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He will leave behind all of his clothes
He wore when he was with her
All he needs are his railroad boots
And his leather jacket

As he says goodbye to Ruby's arms
Although his heart is breaking
He will steal away out through her blinds
For soon she will be waking

Morning light has washed her face
And everything is turning blue now
She holds on to her pillow case
There's nothing he can do now

As he says goodbye to Ruby's arms
He says, she'll find another soldier
And he swears to God by Christmastime
There'll be someone else to hold her

The only thing he is taking is
The scarf off of her clothesline
He'll hurry past her chest of drawers
And her broken wind chimes

As he says goodbye, he says goodbye
Goodbye to Ruby's arms

He will feel his way down her darkened hall
And out into the morning
The hobos in the freight yards
Have kept their fires burning

And Jesus Christ, this cold hard rain
Won't someone put him on his train
He'll never kiss her lips again
Or break her heart

As he says goodbye, he says goodbye
Say goodbye to Ruby's arms


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