song "Heart attack and Vine" (Thomas A. Waits)

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  • ASCAP title code: 380219138
  • Songwriter/Composer: Thomas A. Waits (ASCAP #076.34.68.52)
  • Publishers: Fifth Floor Music Inc.
Tom Waits' original version says "there's just God when he's drunk", but for Sweet Daddy Hawk it's "that's just Screamin' Jay when he's drunk"!
Screamin' Jay Hawkins' version was used in a Levi's commercial in 1993.

Waits vs. Levi Strauss and Co.

Cover versions

Tom Waits () studio
Tom Waits LP HEART ATTACK AND VINE
1991 Screamin' Jay Hawkins () studio
Production: Robert Duffey
Musicians: Screamin' Jay Hawkins (vocals, piano)
1991 Screamin' Jay Hawkins CD BLACK MUSIC FOR WHITE PEOPLE US:
John Hammond ()

Lyrics

1991 Screamin' Jay Hawkins
 
Liar, liar with your pants on fire
White spades hangin' on the telephone wire
Gamblers reevaluate along the dotted line
You'll never recognize yourself on heart attack and vine
 
Doctor, lawyer, beggar man, thief
Philly Joe remarkable looks on in disbelief,
If you want a taste of madness, you'll have to wait in line
You'll probably see someone you know on heartattack and vine
 
Boney's high on China White, Shorty found a punk
Don't you know there ain't no devil, that's just Screamin' Jay when he's drunk
Well this stuff will probably kill you, let's do another line
What you say you meet me down on heart attack and vine
 
[guitar solo]
 
See that little Jersey girl in the see-through top
With the peddle pushers sucking on a soda pop
Well I bet she's still a virgin but it's only twenty-five to nine
You can see a million of 'em down on heart attack and vine
 
Better off in Iowa against your scrambled eggs
Than crawling down the boulevard on a pair of broken legs
You'll find that ignorance is bliss every goddamn time
You're waitin' for the RTD on heart attack and vine
 
Boney's high on China White, Shorty found a punk
Don't you know there ain't no devil, that's just Screamin' Jay when he's drunk
Well this stuff will probably kill you, let's do another line
What you say you meet me down on heart attack and vine
 
Liar, liar with your pants on fire
White spades hangin' on a telephone wire
Gamblers reevaluate along the dotted line
You'll never recognize yourself on heart attack and vine
 
Doctor, lawyer, beggar man, thief
Philly Joe remarkable looks on in disbelief,
If you want a taste of madness, you'll have to wait in line
You'll probably see someone you know on heart attack and vine
 
See that little Jersey girl in the see-through top
With the peddle pushers sucking on a soda pop
Well I bet she's still a virgin but it's only twenty-five to nine
You can see a million of 'em down on heart attack and vine
 
Boney's high on China White, Shorty found a punk
Don't you know there ain't no devil, that's just Screamin' Jay when he's drunk
Well this stuff will probably kill you, let's do another line
What you say you meet me down on heart attack and vine
I see fellows, checkin' out the girls
You're lookin' good