Waits, Tom - Dirt In The Ground Lyrics




What does it matter, a dream of love
Or a dream of lies
We're all gonna be in the same place
When we die
Your spirit don't leave knowing
Your face or your name
And the wind through your bones
Is all that remains
And we're all gonna be
We're all gonna be
Just dirt in the ground

The quill from a buzzard
The blood writes the word
I want to know am I the sky
Or a bird
'Cause hell is boiling over
And heaven is full
We're chained to the world
And we all gotta pull
And we're all gonna be
Just dirt in the ground

Now the killer was smiling
With nerves made of stone
He climbed the stairs
And the gallows groaned
And the people's hearts were pounding
They were throbbing, they were red
As he swung out ofver the crowd
I heard the hangman said
We're all gonna be
Just dirt in the ground

Now Cain slew Abel
He killed him with a stone
The sky cracked open
And the thunder groaned
Along a river of flesh
Can these dry bones live?
Ask a king or a beggar
And the answer they'll give
Is we're all gonna be
Yea yeah
We're all gonna be just
Dirt in the ground





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  1. Ricardo Burmeister

    Somos humanos animales trabajando en lo urbano

  2. Xhoni Shollaj

    The lyrics are pure poetry

  3. handymandan100

    “When the end comes to this old world
    The righteous will cry and the rest will curl up
    God won't take the time
    To sort your ashes from mine
    Cause we zig and zag between good and bad
    Stumble and fall on right and wrong
    Cause the tumbling dice with the luck of the draw
    Just leads us on.”
    -Camper Van Beethoven, “When I Win the Lottery”.

  4. Something New

    I actually get a little uplifted by this song
    You may be poor now, and the guy down the street from you is the richest man alive
    Yet when the time comes, we're all in a equal position when we die

  5. John Gulliver

    Hallelujah. Tom Waits is a f******g Genius

    June Asiimwe

    I concur wholeheartedly.

  6. ZOOT CHANNEL

    REAL TRUE SONG

  7. Mellissa Mackney

    When my mum was little my nan used to listen to this smacked off her face off of H when her 3 daughters were running around the house
    -M.L.M

    ice la honk

    when your mom was a little girl, her mom (your grandmother) would listen to this while on Heroin, while your mom and her two sisters ran around? if this song came out in 92...that makes you maybe 16-20? this comment just made me feel incredibly old.

  8. Zap Rişko

    we are rolling

  9. LUIS GONZALEZ

    la voz profunda de Waits suena a un monumental lamento vital y desesperado.grande,muy grande.

  10. Canal Culiao

    Huelen... Huelen a "incienso"

  11. SAMBA MACHINERY RECORDS

    YEAH .... REAL TRUTH

    Jessie Jones

    SAMBA MACHINERY RECORDS Dr rockso The Rock and Roll clown

  12. duck my sick

    the fuckin boss

  13. Robert Balliet

    21 Justin Bieber addicts , how sad .

  14. Eyes313

    Well that cheered me right up!

  15. k. melancholik

    and then she was gone

  16. uwe3000 SMG

    on very special days..... i hear TW.

  17. paolo Ceresi

    One of the few Truth

  18. Pogn Illat

    Sorry, Mr.Waits, but it ain't... ^_^

    Andrei Cherascu

    Sorry brother but it is. ;)

    paolo Ceresi

    Sorry both of you but we are in the Matrix

    Andrei Cherascu

    "What does it matter?" ;)

    paolo Ceresi

    a dream of love or a dream of life

  19. SerNoddicusTheGallant

    anyone else know any tom waits songs like this one?

    Derek Rose

    SerNoddicusTheGallant ..All of his album 'Bone Machine' has a similar vibe and production style to this song. Lyrically all the songs are in the same ball park.

    Michael LaBella

    SerNoddicusTheGallant all of them start with same album song a little rain never hurt no one , but literally all of his songs are just as good

  20. White Rabbit

    The best jazz piece I ever heard...

  21. lesssn ramirez

    anyone else here because of everlast?

    let's not stand on ceremony here

    yeah. ...I bearly get by . Good sample but this song is disappointing.

    VictoriaBttzzo

    Yes! it's also the same instru in "And then she was gone" by Neroche!

    VictoriaBttzzo

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aEzUVGb3EI&t=1s
    everything is a copy of a copy :o So disappointed

    Curt Diggler

    let's not stand on ceremony here So is your poor spelling.

    Vinyl Diary666

    No, Im here because Tom fucking Waits

  22. Jonathan Morse

    This song makes me cry like an infant.

  23. Tolive 89

    Haven't listened to tom waits in about 2 years, I have to begin again

  24. BooBoo Bear

    For a livelier version of this message, try Free Four by Pink Floyd.

  25. Darren O'Hara

    want this at my funeral followed by dancin' on the ceiling.

    Joe Al

    Darren O'Hara 😅😂

    joshuapasch

    Darren O'Hara just put both songs on my favorite list because your comment

  26. Herby 72

    We R Gonna B Dirt N tHE ground.

  27. Benjamin Carter

    Thanks Tom! Beautiful, Were all chained to the world and we all gotta pull for Bernie!!!

    Looan Dooers

    No refunds.

  28. turntableterrorist

    one of the most beautiful funeral dirges ever.

  29. TheMikkikkoowi

    Is we're all gonna be
    Yea yea
    We're all gonna be just
    Dirt in the ground.

  30. Stranger in Town

    Tom waits make

    OhNo

    +Jake Bizzle yes he make

  31. Mr Rieper

    If ever there was a game that should have had this song, it would be Manhunt.

    Umut Barış Dinç

    +Doctor Bane why? :D

    Mr Rieper

    @Umut Barış Dinç Have you ever played Manhunt? (Not being rude or anything, just curious.)

    Umut Barış Dinç

    nope :D but i wish that song plays in borderlands 2 or hitman

    Mr Rieper

    @Umut Barış Dinç Eh, maybe. Or Fallout.

  32. holeskoj

    My brother played this song at our fathers funeral without telling anyone beforehand. It was very fitting.

    bigmikevt

    i want it played at mine!!!

    Emilio Risku Ramos

    I feel ya. My dad died when I was 8 now I'm almost 19 and I would have wanted this song played then. Keep ya head up

  33. mick bee

    Best song ever? Best song ever.

  34. James Willetts

    Done did a cover: https://soundcloud.com/jameswillettsmusic/dirt-in-the-ground-tom-waits-cover

    Mr Rieper

    +James Willetts It was pretty good.

    Wise Fool

    +James Willetts Bravo, made it your own whilst keeping true to the tone of the song.

    James Willetts

    Many thanks, wise fool

  35. Tyler Korvick

    Songs this was sampled into: 
    (Just in case you were wondering)
    -Everlast: I I Get By
    -Grieves: Scar Gardens

    Hedda Kylberg

    Majk - Blöt hund

    PTSD

    Fuck Everlast, damn, just hearing that is ... depressing .... or devastating even, I feel like something inside me just died. Tom Deserve much, much better

    PTSD

    + Altarofdoom ... I can live with that, Dax is alright, I can totally see that, but just not Everlast, that's just fucked up.

    izeplays

    Aesop Waits - Dirt City *********

    Think Survival

    RIP Ralph Carney

  36. frans venrooy

    the best,always.

  37. edward Westphal

    ya but assholes,are going first!

  38. Judd Kramer

    Whenever they decide to end The Walking Dead, this should be the final song.

    Herpy McDerpface

    @Judd Kramer but not Beth :(

    Matthias Böhme

    what a great idea!

    daWaatcher1

    Excellent suggestion!!!

    greenroomdude

    Whats that? Are you referring to Facebook?

    Lotan

    Or they could not.

  39. Orion Burkiett

    You can lower my box while it's is blasting .... Please and thank you. That is all.

  40. Tres Salinas

    "Dirt In The Ground"

    What does it matter, a dream of love
    Or a dream of lies
    We're all gonna be in the same place
    When we die
    Your spirit don't leave knowing
    Your face or your name
    And the wind through your bones
    Is all that remains
    And we're all gonna be
    We're all gonna be
    Just dirt in the ground

    The quill from a buzzard
    The blood writes the word
    I want to know am I the sky
    Or a bird
    'Cause hell is boiling over
    And heaven is full
    We're chained to the world
    And we all gotta pull
    And we're all gonna be
    Just dirt in the ground

    Now the killer was smiling
    With nerves made of stone
    He climbed the stairs
    And the gallows groaned
    And the people's hearts were pounding
    They were throbbing, they were red
    As he swung out ofver the crowd
    I heard the hangman said
    We're all gonna be
    Just dirt in the ground

    Now Cain slew Abel
    He killed him with a stone
    The sky cracked open
    And the thunder groaned
    Along a river of flesh
    Can these dry bones live?
    Ask a king or a beggar
    And the answer they'll give
    Is we're all gonna be
    Yea yeah
    We're all gonna be just
    Dirt in the ground

    465marko

    Thanks for posting that; appreciated.

    TheSecretProvider

    Tom Waits has the best visuals in his lyrics. No need for videos to his music.

  41. Nigel Trotter

    The Jerry and Tom movie brought me here. Love that movie and I wanted to here that song that instantly made me think of Tiffany. And in a good way too. This picture is just too nostalgic, coupled with the song, for me not keep watching this.

  42. vlad drac

    tdg en la casa

  43. Anton Prenneis

    We're chained to the world and we all gotta pull...

  44. AhhNick

    im sorry denise

  45. Teacher Mike's Tube

    Just the song... and about two minutes of dead air at the end...?

    izeplays

    to contemplate.

  46. faustbanana

    "just the song" is all you need.

  47. RemoteAbductionArm

    Aparantely it's surprisingly easy once you lose your soul.

  48. peninha1975

    How can you not like tom waits?

  49. InSingularity

    I fucking love this song

  50. peninha1975

    NO YOU DONT, I LISTEN TO TOM WAITS ALONE...SO...IM NOT ALONE

  51. fergotten

    scratchy voice scratchy voice scratchy voice... yell moan ....... i sounded like this once when I had strip throat, and hadnt had drink of liquid in 4 days.

  52. oxfordye

    If I had a voice as epic as Tom Waits, I'd honestly never shut up :)

  53. algierssolja

    Puts me back in the dark shit-hole in the wall of a bar that I first heard it in on suicide Tuesday feet first in withdrawl back hurt feeling hopeless down to my last cigarette flat broke sipping a 50 cent PBR.......We chain to the world and we all gotta pull.....The earth died screaming as I lay dreaming.

  54. Bruce Smith

    absolutely filthy...in every good way...you couldn't slide a peice of paper under this song and humanity's base

  55. Aaron Price

    Everlast. I Get By. Check It Out.

  56. ravenouscolonelhart

    @plainandnotsimple GJ on one of my favourite youtube comments, lol.

  57. Brian Prato

    @wasteland70 No you don't. I knew his music back in my teens. It's all I listened to in my teens, it didn't put me in depression, but it certainly intensified it 10 fold. I still love this guys music to this day. I have slowly allowed myself to pull myself out of those years thanks to my son coming into this world. I guess if you never had depression, then maybe you would have wanted to know this music back in your teens.

  58. woodhd

    one of my very favourite tom songs ... i love the really slow moody ones ... that clock kills me

  59. plainandnotsimple

    happy fucking valentines day everyone

    paolo Ceresi

    here we are

  60. veilside62

    i just buried my father and this is the song i chose for when they carried his coffin away

  61. smbeabout

    I love how his voice cracks when he sings "the sky cracked open."

  62. Logan Wolverine

    Bone Machine is one of my top 5 albums... I'm currently on day three of a "Tom Waits Only" week. Nothing else. Pretty sweet week so far.. i feel deranged and i've been drinking alot..

  63. martin o´ryan

    wow......... i....i.....i got no words really

  64. sixt9coug

    This song makes me want to cry. It makes me want to get blind drunk. It makes me want to fight. It makes me want to hold my girlfriend close and never let go. It makes me want to live more than I do.

  65. KidsOnHoliday4675

    This is Tom's Best song and that saying a ton

  66. john smith

    @ColdOasisU2 blues rock, that is.

  67. Matt Porter

    @ComaSeason Best time to listen to him

  68. billhicks8

    @sugarydonkey
    Good man!

  69. SpazmaticDesign

    @ColdOasisU2 well.. its not exactly rock

  70. livingspeedbump

    @tuningdiode Because that stupid fuck sampled this song. And ruined it. I mean, completely shit-on-it ruined it.

  71. Barry Beastmode

    It took Jeff Buckley to find the heart and soul of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah. The original version doesn't even sound like a good song, just a monotonous dirge.

    Put that in your pipes and smoke it.

  72. Nagy Ciprian Mihai Nagy

    one of my favourite albums by any artist in rock

  73. wasteland70

    @ComaSeason Me, too. I wish I'd found his music when I was in my teens.

  74. Andrew Giambrone

    @aboo12195 good job. Try to remember these lyrics, they help you appreciate life.

  75. Ada Winchester

    so...I definitely thanked Tom Waits in my senior section of the yearbook...

  76. Nicole K

    I'm actually not a huge Cohen fan, but I definitely don't feel that his music is contrived in any way- just not my taste. I could wax pretentious about originality and use large words to make myself sound intelligent so as to prove my edgy point about originality in music, but what's the point? Like it or don't, and quit whining about what you consider 'offensive' in others' musical works.

  77. fakant

    @petemayo I feel the same way as you about "Hallelujah"... and I feel the same way about a lot of Cohen's material but his album Songs of Love and Hate is one that I feel differently about. For example his song Avalanche is incredibly heartfelt in my opinion, you can feel the desparation... it's beautiful, give it a try

  78. petemayo

    @MDeckman4491 I hear you, I only know the artists by their works. Cohen bugs me because it doesn't seem/sound sincere. His poetry and what I have heard of his music, especially exemplified in the hallelujah song, is that it is an obvious topic delt with in an obvious way, it seems to be lacking in heart and originality and comes off contrived which is an inexcusable offense to me. I hate things that feel formulaic or obvious, I feel there is so much value behind originality and oft dismissed.

  79. fdsa

    @petemayo not a hipster, I bumped the fuck out of pretty hate machine and plenty of ziggy when i was in high school, but dude, its leonard fucking cohen man, like they're in different genres let alone different leagues, not comparable, and thats not even a diss to reznor or bowie, they'd both probably agree with me out of sheer humility at least if not true affinity for the artist, i'd bet you both of them listen to him. and dylan was basically woody guthrie+leonard cohen.

  80. petemayo

    @MDeckman4491 Bluff taken & challenge accepted, I dare you to find a cohen song that is half as good as nin "Right Where It Belongs" or as good as bowie's "quicksand" or "changes" I mean goddamn. Don't be pop-aphobic, if you are then your just a hipster :)

  81. fdsa

    @petemayo and for the record, i also hate hallelujah as a song, but as a poem it is beautiful. as is all of cohens poetry.

  82. fdsa

    @petemayo you're out of your mind... trent reznor or david bowie over leonard cohen? you should realize that they're both pop idiots and cohen is a poet, a true poet.

  83. breakneck14

    Beautiful song. Glad I found it.

  84. Horatio

    @TheBigDaddyVic Hip hop?

  85. LucidDream

    "Beautiful melodies, telling me terrible things." - Tom Waits

  86. Christian Willett

    This is absolutely brilliant, how come ive never heard of this guy?

  87. tizzrizza

    Spinning this on plastic right now. Must own.

  88. Madelieve de Boer

    Such a beautiful song. I love the lyrics.

  89. Supersonic Mark

    now is all that's real!

  90. Supersonic Mark

    Live for today yeah yeah!

  91. Andrew Giambrone

    I wrote these lyrics in my High School Yearbook.

  92. petemayo

    @TheSobek LOL! Glad someone appreciates the unfair assholishness I administer among the innocent and happy. Trolling on the internet isn't as fun as it used to be too many emotions and taking everything seriousely. I thought people listening to a song ripe with fatalism/defeatism/determinism would be a little bit more hardened LOL

  93. benspruce

    @petemayo Yeah, her comments are baffling, but we're all gonna end up as dirt in the ground.

  94. Rob Bail

    Comment comparer Léonard Cohen à Tom Waits ????
    Et puis ... Pourquoi toujours classifier, segmenter ou cloisonner ?
    Aimons les gens pour ce qu'ils sont ! C'est tout !

  95. petemayo

    @catherinepcs Why not :) it's not a personal offense, it just amazes me that so many people could like that bland song. Go for it attack say something, you like tom waits so your taste in music doesnt suck, LOL WTF is low road? you know what is low road? claiming someone else is using the low road. You just said I won't be snobby and take the low road which equals I won't be snobby because I am too snobby. Get with it, say what you feel don't be offended.

  96. catherinepcs

    @petemayo To me, Leonard Cohen is amazing and Hallelujah is one of his best! I don't agree with all of your choices either, but I'm not going to take the snobby, "your taste in music sucks" low road with the WTFs and insults to your musical preferences. As you said, to each his/her own.

  97. petemayo

    @catherinepcs Leonard Cohen??? WTF? I hate that Hallelujah song can't understand how anyone would like it.
    As far as good writers Waits is awesome, Dylan is great, so is Barrett, Bowie, Trent Reznor, Tod Ashley (firewater), Lou Reed and tons more ... but not Cohen
    To each his/her own.

  98. Rafael Gonçalves

    @Mugulord woooowwww

  99. catherinepcs

    Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan...singers and songwriters don't get any better than these three.

    wtnomad

    Tim Buckley also.