Tom Waits - I Don't Want To Grow Up

Artist: Tom Waits

Song: I Don’t Want To Grow Up

Album: Bone Machine (1992)

Tom Waits, according to the esteemed American critic Robert Hilburn, is "clearly one of the most important figures of the modern pop era". Such sentiments are not mere hyperbole; in a career that now spans four decades and over 20 albums, Tom Waits has long since emerged as an extraordinary innovative force, a singular voice whose music remains determinedly-and even gloriously - well beyond the trivial fads and fashions of popular culture. Waits' latest release, the 3CD set Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards adds further weight to that stellar reputation. more

Waits in a devil suit repeatedly rides a kid’s bike in “I Don’t Want To Grow Up” video!

About “Bone Machine”: the cover photo, which consists of a blurred black-and-white, close-up image of Waits in a leather skullcap and protective goggles, was taken by Jesse Dylan, the son of music legend Bob Dylan. He wears this getup, along with a single biker's shoe and a woman's high heel, while riding a bicycle, in the music video for "I Don't Wanna Grow Up" - which also features Waits playing the song on a miniature stage, with a miniature guitar.

From youtube comments:

I remember when Beavis & Butt-head watched this video and Beavis thought Satan was the Dominos Pizza Noid until Butt-head corrected him. "That's not the Noid Beavis. That's Satan." Some other favorite lines: "You'd think Satan would ride a mountain bike." "Thank you now get your ass back in the wall."

Les Claypool (Primus) saying that this video was film at his farm (bike footage). Also that is horse turds that Tom is riding around and around on is tricycle.

"I Don't Wanna Grow Up" was covered by The Ramones for their last album, Adios Amigos, by Petra Haden and Bill Frisell on their album collaboration Petra Haden & Bill Frisell (2003), with a recent version on Hayes Carll's Trouble In Mind (2008), and by Scarlett Johansson on her debut album, Anywhere I Lay My Head (2008).


When I’m lyin in my bed at night
I don’t wanna grow up
Nothin ever seems to turn out right
I don’t wanna grow up
How do you move in a world of fog
Thats always changing things
Makes me wish that I could be a dog
When I see the price that you pay
I don’t wanna grow up
I don’t ever wanna be that way
I don’t wanna grow up

Seems like folks turn into things
That they’d never want
The only thing to live for
Is today...
I’m gonna put a hole in my tv set
I don’t wanna grow up
Open up the medicine chest
And I don’t wanna grow up
I don’t wanna have to shout it out
I don’t want my hair to fall out
I don’t wanna be filled with doubt
I don’t wanna be a good boy scout
I don’t wanna have to learn to count
I don’t wanna have the biggest amount
I don’t wanna grow up

Well when I see my parents fight
I don’t wanna grow up
They all go out and drinking all night
And I don’t wanna grow up
I’d rather stay here in my room
Nothin out there but sad and gloom
I don’t wanna live in a big old tomb
On grand street

When I see the 5 oclock news
I don’t wanna grow up
Comb their hair and shine their shoes
I don’t wanna grow up
Stay around in my old hometown
I don’t wanna put no money down
I don’t wanna get me a big old loan
Work them fingers to the bone
I don’t wanna float a broom
Fall in love and get married then boom
How the hell did I get here so soon
I don’t wanna grow up

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