Waits, Tom - Fish & Bird Lyrics




They bought a round for the sailor
And they heard his tale
Of a world that was so far away
And a song that we'd never heard
A song of a little bird
That fell in love with a whale

He said, 'You cannot live in the ocean'
And she said to him
'You never can live in the sky'
But the ocean is filled with tears
And the sea turns into a mirror
There's a whale in the moon when it's clear
And a bird on the tide

Please don't cry
Let me dry your eyes

So tell me that you will wait for me
Hold me in your arms
I promise we never will part
I'll never sail back to the time
But I'll always pretend you're mine
Though I know that we both must part
You can live in my heart

Please don't cry
Let me dry your eyes

And tell me that you will wait for me
Hold me in your arms
I promise we never will part
I'll never sail back to the time
But I'll always pretend that you're mine
I know that we both must part
You can live in my heart





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Waits, Tom Fish & Bird Comments
  1. pretorious700

    If you are not moved by this song, I can't help you.

  2. Len Carr

    Makes me cry.....everytime...

  3. troy seffrood

    What get's me...after crying along so many times, is how Waits is so far ahead of me. This song hits so close to home, but to Waits he probably wrote it off the cuff.

  4. Trunk McEight

    Tom Waits is an international living treasure...

  5. aoeulhs

    Saddest song ever written. Listen to it and think of the person you love most. And it's coming. We can stop smoking and drinking and try to eat healthy. But we'll still have to say goodbye.

  6. Horizon 59

    So beautiful.

  7. Adriaan Wijkhuijs

    So tell me eh what's the sibbeling song we can await

  8. Adriaan Wijkhuijs

    You believe it or not, this song turns to reconciliation

  9. IndieMovie 4 Life

    A whale is a mammal, not a fish.

    Just a small nitpick. Tom Waits knocks it out of the park as always.

    aoeulhs

    Ever heard of a metaphor?

  10. Leonidas the king B172018

    mastermind epic album must be in a time capsule

  11. August Greig

    This is definitely in my top ten favorite Waits songs and it's one of the greatest love songs ever written. I listen to a lot of different music, including my first love, classical, jazz, prog and other technically masterful compositions like Zappa, but a song like this just goes to show that great song writing is a skill into itself and doesn't require complexity of technical skills. I listen to plenty of masters of their draft and virtuosos who have never written anything close to this.

  12. Patrick Twitchell

    Waits plays a toy glockenspiel in this song, among other instruments (2:43).

  13. Jimmy J

    Just don't listen to this in the morning.

  14. Jon Dryden

    "The ocean is filled with tears."

  15. Seleucus Nicator

    "Fish & Bird"

    They bought a round for the sailor
    And they heard his tale
    Of a world that was so far away
    And a song that we'd never heard
    A song of a little bird
    That fell in love with a whale

    He said, 'You cannot live in the ocean'
    And she said to him
    'You never can live in the sky'
    But the ocean is filled with tears
    And the sea turns into a mirror
    There's a whale in the moon when it's clear
    And a bird on the tide

    Please don't cry
    Let me dry your eyes

    So tell me that you will wait for me
    Hold me in your arms
    I promise we never will part
    I'll never sail back to the time
    But I'll always pretend you're mine
    Though I know that we both must part
    You can live in my heart

    Please don't cry
    Let me dry your eyes

    And tell me that you will wait for me
    Hold me in your arms
    I promise we never will part
    I'll never sail back to the time
    But I'll always pretend that you're mine
    I know that we both must part
    You can live in my heart

  16. Bolesław Krzywousty

    classical tom

  17. Bolesław Krzywousty

    soo coool

  18. Mymble and Me

    the second best love song ever (after 'Ruby's Arms')

  19. Beau Crouch

    What a beautiful tale

  20. Roei Levy

    its an album that grows on you with each listen

    va pl

    yeeee...

  21. unVerbose

    I love this song! Does anyone else feel like the clarinet represents the bird and the baritone horn represents the whale?

    jeff k

    Great observation on sound! One of the many waits songs that fills me with bitter sweet sadness

    August Greig

    Cool observation dude. That's one of those classical music techniques which sadly most people would never catch, myself included apparently. This just goes to show how sadly music education is lacking in public schools.

    And as a side note, I may not know what they represent (LOL!) but I love the bells and when they come in.

    jamie wesson

    are you on drugs

    Leonidas the king B172018

    awesome point man!!!

  22. Ela Lamblin

    gorgeous album

  23. Bug Bailey

    Tom Waits be like "Hey miss, I don't think you've broken into heaving sobs quite enough today. I can help you with that. I can dig up forgotten skeletons and make them dance..."

    I've never heard this song.

    Our love story was tragic and staged, at best.
    True story..His name is 'Fish' and my name is (black) 'Bird'.. and my heart is breaking for the second time since I met Fish.

    *shakes fist* damn you Tom Waits!! and DAMN YOU YOUTUBE..randomly sending me HERE! Sadist.

    August Greig

    Bug Bailey "...dig up forgotten skeletons and make them dance." I love that.

  24. myhoneybringsallthebeestomyjar

    'Unfortunately I'm more into fish' - I love the lyrics of this song <3

  25. BabbyThor

    Been a while since I heard this one... *sigh*

  26. Judy Boykin

    You didn't mention Tom Waits Old 65

  27. Odd Austrud

    http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/tomwaits/fishbird.html

  28. valeska g.silva

    mas o oceano está cheio de lágrimas/ e o mar se torna um espelho

  29. thehellwithem

    One of my favourite songs ever. Having said that, a whale is not a fish.

    edwin cendejas

    @***** you may be sick of American idol, but please don't go silly and dissect a song title and the actual words, and get questionay about it... Tom Waits music is woven magics  of imagery, melody, beauty, horror, and sang from a place of experience, and depth most humans don't truly get these days.. And if you truly hate AI so much, then I invite you to shut up and listen to Tom Waits music.

    Randolph Lautsch

    That always bugged me too.

    Rob McGrory

    I imagine Mr. Waits thought the title "flowed" more smoothly than did "Whale & Bird." Poetic license

    borrowpond

    never let language get in the way of communication

  30. Annette Brown

    I know that we both must part
    You can live in my heart

    In memory of my son
    Tom Waits was one of his favorites

    Golactico

    Your comment moved me to tears. Your son's memory lives on.

    Mike Miller

    The beautifull soul floats and glows forever...even more so with songs like this....thank you for shareing such a song lass...

    Reverb Twang

    that line brought me here as well <3

    Trunk McEight

    God bless your soul..

  31. Bruno Aziz

    automatic sea of tears

  32. Mymble and Me

    My equal favourite (along with three other Tom songs - 'Fawn', 'Ruby's Arms' and 'Kentucky Avenue') song ever.

    Harkeill

    Also three of my top Tom songs. Good musical taste, you have. :-)

    blueconversechucks

    Ok given how much this song, fawn, and ruby's arms break my heart I'll have to go check out kentucky avenue. Pray for me.

  33. Randolph Lautsch

    ... but a mammal

  34. Rikki Tikki Tembo

    And you are NOT a music critic. See what I did there?

  35. pretorious700

    Adam Monica Amber Tasha


    for you my special

  36. Lindsay Metzker

    To my lost love...had it actually come together, we would have destroyed each other, but you are always the fish to my bird.

  37. Mario Ruoppolo

    amore.. <3

  38. harkeill

    I know of only one other master story teller, but you are right, nothing can compare to the things Tom Waits does or how he does them.

  39. LeelooDallas3

    the story of my life. :´( i ´m that bird

  40. DanielandAmari

    Avett Nation

  41. banned intheusa

    That feel when no Liz

  42. Susie6683

    A master storyteller..the incomparable Mr. Waits. This song tugs at the heart.