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Town With No Cheer

This song is by Tom Waits and appears on the album Swordfishtrombones (1983).

This song has been covered by Scarlett Johansson under the title "Town With No Cheer".
Well it's hotter 'n' blazes and all the long faces
There'll be no oasis for a dry local grazier
There'll be no refreshment for a thirsty jackaroo
From Melbourne to Adelaide on the overlander

The train stopped in Serviceton less and less often
There's nothing sadder than a town with no cheer
VicRail decided the canteen was no longer necessary
There no spirits, no bilgewater and 80 dry locals
And the high noon sun beats a hundred and four
There's a hummingbird trapped in a closed down shoe store

This tiny Victorian rhubarb
Kept the watering hole open for sixty five years
Now it's boilin' in a miserable March 21 st
Wrapped the hills in a blanket of Patterson's curse
The train smokes down the xylophone
There'll be no stopping here
All ya can be is thirsty in a town with no cheer
No Bourbon, no Branchwater
Though the townspeople here
Fought the Vic Rail decree tooth and nail
Now it's boilin' in a miserable March 21 st
Wrapped the hills in a blanket of Patterson's curse
The train smokes down the xylophone
There'll be no stopping here
All ya can be is thirsty in a town with no cheer

Written by:

Tom Waits

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