Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Nah I Gots Ma Gole Toof

Gold Tooth Blues

Now there’s many fool things a woman will do
To catch a man’s eye, she’ll wear a tight shoe,
She’ll wear a light dress and catch a bad cold
And have a tooth pulled for a tooth of gold.

I’m a good tooth woman with the gold tooth blues
‘Cause a gold tooth makes a woman look old!

Now gold in the bank is a wonderful thing,
And a woman looks nice with a nice gold ring,
But, honey, take a tip, and the tip ain’t cold,
Your mouth’s no place to carry your gold!

I’m a good tooth woman with the gold tooth blues
‘Cause a gold tooth makes a woman look old!

Some late Sunday mawnin’ when you’re still in the hay
And you want a little lovin’, your sweet man will say,
With a look that’ll turn your heart’s blood cold,
Woman, that gold tooth makes you look old!

I’m a good tooth woman with the gold tooth blues
‘Cause a gold tooth makes a woman look old!

When your man’s out of money and he must have a drink,*
He’ll sneak up behind you at the kitchen sink,
And before you can holler, I’m telling the truth,
He’ll brain you with a black-jack and pull your gold tooth!

I’m a good tooth woman with the gold tooth blues
‘Cause a gold tooth makes a woman look old!

(from The Collected Poems of Tennessee Williams)


  • At 10:57 PM, Blogger Chelsea, TE said…

    I am so glad you posted this poem - I've been looking for it for months! Couldn't find it in a library in Lubbock TX, the only library that has it on Cape Cod is in Welfleet and my book of TW poems has been buried by teenage romances and cookbooks (neither of them mine!)


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