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Tom's Diner Lyrics

Artist: Suzanne Vega
Album: Tom's Diner

I am sitting
In the morning
At the diner
On the corner

I am waiting
At the counter
For the man
To pour the coffee

And he fills it
Only halfway
And before
I even argue

He is looking
Out the window
At somebody
Coming in

"It is always
Nice to see you"
Says the man
Behind the counter

To the woman
Who has come in
She is shaking
Her umbrella

And I look
The other way
As they are kissing
Their hellos

I'm pretending
Not to see them
And Instead
I pour the milk

I open
Up the paper
There's a story
Of an actor

Who had died
While he was drinking
He was no one
I had heard of

And I'm turning
To the horoscope
And looking
For the funnies

When I'm feeling
Someone watching me
And so
I raise my head

There's a woman
On the outside
Looking inside
Does she see me?

No she does not
Really see me
Cause she sees
Her own reflection

And I'm trying
Not to notice
That she's hitching
Up her skirt

And while she's
Straightening her stockings
Her hair
Is getting wet

Oh, this rain
It will continue
Through the morning
As I'm listening

To the bells
Of the cathedral
I am thinking
Of your voice...

And of the midnight picnic
Once upon a time
Before the rain began...

I finish up my coffee
It's time to catch the train


by henry on 5/17/2008 11:06am
some of the lyrics arent right.
by alice on 5/28/2008 9:57pm
yea the lyrics arent right..
and they are so simple
by Gean on 6/7/2008 4:04pm
The lyrics are definately NOT right
She never sings this:

"And of the midnight picnic
Once upon a time
Before the rain began...

I finish up my coffee
It's time to catch the train"

But it's still a great song of politics. =]
by NICK SHELLIS on 6/11/2008 10:56am
by lol on 6/23/2008 9:33am
i love it
by Soneca on 6/25/2008 10:35am
Yes, she does sing this parts

Look for it in You Tube the "a capela" version.

And nothing is wrong, except some missing "ands"
by mayu-san on 7/1/2008 9:07pm
yea! i can actually sing this and sound like her
by sam atwood on 7/2/2008 9:55pm
i can sing it too :)
by andrey on 7/10/2008 2:29pm
many time looked for it,thank you !!!
by Jordo Brown on 7/28/2008 5:42am
BASSNECTAR does an ill remix to this song, check it out on youtube CAMP BISCO 7, 2008. BASSNECTAR
its the remix babbyyyy
by Kaitlyn Lela on 7/30/2008 11:58am
I adore this.
by Fabio Falavich on 9/24/2008 2:23pm
Buenos dias compañeros (good morning everyone) esta cancion es un mierda (I love this song) es decepcionante (is very interesting) la detesto y no la quiero volver a escuchar en mi vida (congratulations to the author)encuentre algo que hacfer, nosotros no tenemos NADA mejor que esto (i like the part with the umbrella shaking) pudranse en el infierno (good bye I love Aura Elsye)
by Courtney on 10/31/2008 4:14pm
the middle it is dadadadadadadaddadadadada
by malcolm on 1/12/2009 10:31am
I love dis song
by HI on 1/17/2009 6:26pm
I love this song! It is so easy to sing!
by i hate Fabio Falavich on 2/18/2009 11:34am
Fuck u! Fabio Falavich you dont know Susanne Vega! she is the best and tu tu tu ru tu tu tu ru..
by Mainkder on 2/27/2009 4:25pm
The lyrics are right, the DNA mix (1990) was more well knowned by everyone rather than the original one (1987) wich was completely a capella and included the extra verses.
by *CH3L$!3 * on 3/14/2009 5:12am
This song is da shizzzz...x-pshly the da da dada, da da dada, da da dada, da da dada...
by Ditte from Denmark. on 3/23/2009 11:08am
Hello people. I comming from Denmark. A ugly country! HATE :) How are you? :D On danish: hvordan går det? :D Kiss, kiss. Jeg elsker chris brown.
by anna on 5/23/2009 7:47pm
love this song, was listening in the car and just had to look it up!
by I hate "i hate Fabio Falavich" on 6/30/2009 4:57pm
he is a turd
by John on 10/22/2009 12:33am
How is this song related to politics???
by Anira on 2/15/2010 8:19am
took me forever to find this song. thank you for posting it! i heard it on joe FM, adn i had to look it up to learn the words.....y did the two versions change, and y did the one leave out the two parts of the last verse? it makes no sense...u think they would have changed it b4 they put it on the radio. i guess they tried to fix their mistake by playing the version with out those two parts more often. lol
by Vinod on 3/14/2010 1:45am
the lyircs is totally correct... the last 5 lines r sung wen the music is over, we can hear it jus like a whisper... nice song tho.. technically this song is nowadays used for voice testing. it is said that this song contains almost all human sound frequencies.. :) jus a trivia i learned frm someone..
by ???? on 3/23/2010 12:04am
what are human sound frequencies??
by Natalio on 5/16/2010 1:59pm
Sencillamente magnífica!!
by Joe Chaney on 7/2/2010 12:02am
This is the worst song I've ever heard. The deformed and mentally retarded demon offspring of a messed up foursome between justin bieber, miley cyrus, satan, and a fat yodeler could make a better song than this by farting into a microphone.
by Hannah on 7/8/2010 1:11pm
Some of the lyrics are mixed up at the end
by Abigail Schutz on 7/29/2010 4:17pm
@ Gean- Yes, she most certainly does say the last bit. In the original song, at least. It doesn't have it in the remake with music in the background (her original was a cappella).
by armune on 8/30/2010 4:58pm
good song
by armint on 8/30/2010 5:02pm
good song
by anonimo on 10/6/2010 11:38am
valla mierda de cancionn jajajajaajajajaj xD
by fuckmehard on 11/29/2010 12:29pm
stupid ass song dumb ass lady is lonely
by juicypussy! xD on 12/3/2010 9:04pm
This song is stupid aha ,who the fuck cares about you drinking coffee ;D
by ganjagirl on 1/8/2011 7:44pm
i'd fuck her
by strongUx on 1/27/2011 5:48am
nice first time when i hear it xD
by youngbaba on 3/4/2011 2:01am
i know this song cz my dad
by samanthax44 on 3/23/2011 7:16pm
these are the correct lyrics this orgnial poem tells a story from her friends point of view.(he is a photographer)about how his lover died. Then after finishing the coffe and getting on the train he moves on.

very moving. i know all of this because we studied the poem
by sweetbaby on 3/23/2011 10:14pm
love this song! very simple yet simple.. haha!
by to Fabio... on 3/29/2011 8:47am
Nah HEs A Loser He Can Just DIE!!!!!
by canada000xiprt on 5/26/2011 12:16pm
blahblahblahblahblahblah blah blah blahb lhablahblahblahblahbloah
by alexis on 6/2/2011 5:10pm
that was rude ''i hate Fabio Falavich" on 6/30/2009 4:57pm
he is a turdude''
by comment on 6/22/2011 1:03pm
SUPER !!!!!! my favourite song
by that dude on 7/10/2011 7:49pm
Who ever likes this is wierd
by Chabelita on 10/2/2011 7:38pm
I am teaching Present Continuos to my students! Great!
by tebiracute on 10/30/2011 8:22am
she never sings the lyrics she supposed to sing
by Just me on 11/15/2011 7:14pm
Like the drake version I get paper. Has the same melody
by mrSlasty on 1/2/2012 1:58am
while she's straightening het stockings her hair HAS GOTTEN wet
by shaheen on 4/30/2012 4:51am
Heyy wheres the punch tune. "tu tu tu " "or do do do do" lines ??
by Madeline on 5/13/2012 6:05pm
I know this song because of my mom. Good job on writing it! I think that it would be more helpful if u cud mayb put the dododo. But other than that it was good!
by Kowalski711 on 6/9/2012 6:43am
It is actually tu tu tu not do do do, I should know because I listen to the song on the radio 24/7/365. Plus I looked up the song on YouTube. Also I don't think that the last few parts the recorded.
by Al on 6/9/2012 6:44am
It is actually tu tu tu not do do do, I should know because I listen to the song on the radio 24/7/365. Plus I looked up the song on YouTube. Also I don't think that the last few parts the recorded.
by Gears of War 3 rules on 7/6/2012 2:43am

by Tony KuKo on 7/24/2012 9:55pm
This song is either about politics nor a poem. It is actually a real story. Suzanne Vega wrote after having breakfast at a restaurant called "Tom's Diner" in New York in the early 1980s. I think the restaurant still exist I'm not sure though.
by Bman on 9/9/2012 9:24pm
by Bman on 9/9/2012 9:31pm
by Lambert on 10/14/2012 2:54am
I got once a CD with this song. It was in a library in Europe and yes that version was complete, had the last verse
"And of the midnight picnic
Once upon a time
Before the rain began...

I finish up my coffee
It's time to catch the train"
by Gean on 6/7/2008 9:04am
The lyrics are definately NOT right
She never sings this:
"And of the midnight picnic
Once upon a time
Before the rain began...

I finish up my coffee
It's time to catch the train"
by the ginger one on 11/7/2012 3:28pm
This isn't a bad song at all. It's actually quite well written if you consider how hard it must be to write a completely acapella song
by kansaswestt on 3/31/2013 1:11pm
lovely song..

by Qadeer on 4/11/2013 6:19am
After ages, I got this song. This used to be one of hot songs in early 90's. It reminds me of the good old gr8 days of 90's. Those years were infact the BEST ones'.
by MYM~ID on 6/8/2013 11:33pm
I love this song!
by Nasty People on 6/28/2013 5:43am
The song is great some of the comments are just plain nasty and ignorant.
by Lee on 8/13/2013 3:16pm
I love this song...I dnt understand why some people always find the need to comment negatively #SMH
by sreng on 5/14/2014 8:49pm
Thank you for lyrics who initiate the song like this to help student who start learning english. Best regards

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