30 thoughts on “Tom Waits – “Hell Broke Luce”

  1. This is a song but it’s a story. I’d hate to say this is incredible but this is a story of real events so idk how I feel.

  2. I had a good home but I left
    I had a good home but I left, right, left
    That big fucking bomb made me deaf, deaf
    A Humvee mechanic put his Kevlar on wrong
    I guarantee you'll meet up with a suicide bomb
    Hell broke luce
    Hell broke luce
    Big fucking ditches in the middle of the road
    You pay a hundred dollars just for fillin' in the hole
    Listen to the general every goddamn word
    How many ways can you polish up a turd
    Left, right, left, left, right
    Left, right
    Hell broke luce
    Hell broke luce
    Hell broke luce
    How is it that the only ones responsible for making this mess
    Got their sorry asses stapled to a goddamn desk
    Hell broke luce
    Hell broke luce
    Left, right, left
    What did you do before the war?
    I was a chef, I was a chef
    What was your name?
    It was Geoff, Geoff
    I lost my buddy and I wept, wept
    I come down from the meth
    So I slept, slept
    I had a good home but I left, left
    Pantsed at the wind for a joke
    I pranced right in with the dope
    Glanced at her shin she said nope
    Left, right, left
    Nimrod Bodfish have you any wool
    Get me another body bag, the body bag's full
    My face was scorched, scorched
    I miss my home I miss my porch, porch
    Left, right, left
    Can I go home in March? March
    My stanch was a chin full of soap
    That rancid dinner with the Pope
    Left, right, left
    Kelly Presutto got his thumbs blown off
    Sergio's developing a real bad cough
    Sergio's developing a real bad cough
    And hell broke luce
    Hell broke luce
    Hell broke luce
    Boom went his head away
    And boom went Valerie huh
    What the hell was it that the president said?
    Give him a beautiful parade instead
    Left, right, left
    When I was over here I never got to vote
    I left my arm in my coat
    My mom she died and never wrote
    We sat by the fire and ate a goat
    Just before he died he had a toke
    Now I'm home and I'm blind
    And I'm broke
    What is next

  3. I only dissagree with blaming the generals. A legion of senators are to blaim for our war, and I say we send them out. They wanna bomb Iran so fucking bad, they do it personally. Or at least there kids better go in.

  4. Imagine coming back home to seeing a McDonald's and Donut store and just wondering "This is the shit i fought for?" You know just seeing all that grease

  5. How fucking Dare you. All of you. You absolute shitheels. Milking not only this song, but its subject matter, and by extension the serious implications of war and its effect on those who serve in it, for likes. You are Scum and you do not deserve to walk this earth.

  6. The Civilian life versus Military life. In the Military you are taught that the person next to you is your family. Come back home to everyone just shits on each other to promote themselves. Not so difficult to figure out. A Soldier will always have been something better in the Military.

  7. Probably one of the worse Tom Waits songs. If he wanted to write about a real man he should have done him better than this. Tom Waits has been terrible for 30 years. Much of his music sounds like he just learned how to play guitar, his voice sounds like box of wet cigars, and most inanimate objects could write better lyrics. Fuck you Tom Waits.

  8. it’s a pretty unrealistic way of thinking that wars are useless and could be stopped so easily and that the men in suits use them to do their dirty work. I agree with the fact that war is a terrible and serious thing however it is a necessary thing. if you think we only go to war because we choose to and if we stopped war would end your dead wrong my friend people are horrible and senseless they commit atrocities for very little and will always fight to have more than they have and sometimes more than they deserve the fact of the matter is human beings can never stop fighting it’s in their nature everyone is different and have different opinions and also wish to be right and be dominant fighting is how they prove that. Conflict is what keeps the world in order without it their would be no control nothing to prevent people from doing whatever they want and most human beings are shitty and selfish and have little sympathy but conflict is the warning to keep them from doing that. in my opinion war is the most human thing we do it’s how we show we’re human beings and we are truly alive. sometimes it’s brutal and graphic and real but that’s the real world and it isn’t peaceful and nice kind that’s why it’s there they get their hands dirty so we don’t have to I wish people didn’t have to die for freedom but nothing is truly free. once you allow people to do what they want they will naturally be selfish and do what’s best for themselves and sometimes that requires hurting or taking advantage of other people and someone has to prevent or punish them for doing those deeds and the only true deterrent to violence is war. it scares others from committing violence and brings others together against a common enemy or to support the victims. if you ask me I’d rather be apart of the country that has the most powerful military in the world than one that doesn’t.

  9. I had a good home but I left
    I had a good home but I left, right, left
    That big fucking bomb made me deaf, deaf
    A Humvee mechanic put his Kevlar on wrong
    I guarantee you'll meet up with a suicide bomb
    Hell broke luce
    Hell broke luce

    Big fucking ditches in the middle of the road
    You pay a hundred dollars just for fillin' in the hole
    Listen to the general every goddamn word
    How many ways can you polish up a turd
    Left, right, left, left, right
    Left, right
    Hell broke luce
    Hell broke luce
    Hell broke luce

    How is it that the only ones responsible for making this mess
    Got their sorry asses stapled to a goddamn desk
    Hell broke luce
    Hell broke luce
    Left, right, left

    What did you do before the war?
    I was a chef, I was a chef
    What was your name?
    It was Geoff, Geoff
    I lost my buddy and I wept, wept
    I come down from the meth
    So I slept, slept
    I had a good home but I left, left

    Pantsed at the wind for a joke
    I pranced right in with the dope
    Glanced at her shin she said nope
    Left, right, left

    Nimrod Bodfish have you any wool
    Get me another body bag, the body bag's full
    My face was scorched, scorched
    I miss my home I miss my porch, porch
    Left, right, left

    Can I go home in March? March
    My stanch was a chin full of soap
    That rancid dinner with the Pope
    Left, right, left

    Kelly Presutto got his thumbs blown off
    Sergio's developing a real bad cough
    Sergio's developing a real bad cough
    And hell broke luce
    Hell broke luce
    Hell broke luce

    Boom went his head away
    And boom went Valerie huh
    What the hell was it that the president said?
    Give him a beautiful parade instead
    Left, right, left

    When I was over here I never got to vote
    I left my arm in my coat
    My mom she died and never wrote
    We sat by the fire and ate a goat
    Just before he died he had a toke
    Now I'm home and I'm blind
    And I'm broke
    What is next

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