Red Shoes by the Drugstore (Waits Tom)

She wore red shoes by the drugstore As the rain splashed the nickel Spilled like chablis along the midway There's a little blue jay In a red dress, on a sad night One straw in a root beer A compact with a cracked mirror And a bottle of evening in Paris perfume He told her to wait in by the magazines He had to take care of some business it seems Bring a raincoat and a suitcase And your dark eyes And wear those red shoes There's a dark huddle at the bus stop Umbrellas arranged in a sad bouquet Lil' Caesar got caught He was going down to second He was cooled Changing stations on the chamber To steal a diamond From a jewelry store for his baby He loved the way she looked in those red shoes She waited by the drugstore Caesar had never been this late before And the dogs bayed the moon And rattled their chains And the cold jingle of taps in a puddle Was the burglar alarm Snitching on Caesar Now the rain washes memories from the sidewalks And the hounds splash down the nickel Full of soldiers And Santa Claus is drunk in the ski room And it's Christmas eve in a sad cafe When the moon gets this way There's a little blue jay By the newsstand Wearing red shoes So meet me tonight by the drugstore We're goin' out tonight Wear your red shoes