Tom Waits – I Hope I Don’t Fall In Love With You

A beautiful song by Tom Waits, from his 1973 album “Closing Time”, which is noted for being predominantly folk influenced, although Waits intended for Closing Time to be “a jazz, piano-led album.”

Lyrics

Well I hope that I don’t fall in love with you
‘Cause falling in love just makes me blue
Well the music plays and you display
Your heart for me to see
I had a beer and now I hear you calling out for me
And I hope that I don’t fall in love with you

Well the room is crowded, people everywhere
And I wonder, should I offer you a chair?
Well if you sit down with this old clown
Take that frown and break it, before the evening’s gone away
I think that we could make it
And I hope that I don’t fall in love with you

Well the night does funny things inside a man
These old tom-cat feelings you don’t understand
Well I turn around to look at you, you light a cigarette
I wish I had the guts to bum one
But we’ve never met
And I hope that I don’t fall in love with you

I can see that you are lonesome just like me
And it being late, you’d like some some company
Well I turn around to look at you, and you look back at me
The guy you’re with has up and split
The chair next to you’s free