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Suzanne Vega: Tom's Diner Meaning

Song Released: 1987


Tom's Diner Lyrics

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
...

  1. anonymous
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    Oct 16th 2018 report

    I always thought it was about hidden closet lesbian sexuality.

  2. anonymous
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    Apr 16th 2018 report

    I don't think this song means anything at all. It's kind of like a haiku ... just a snapshot of what it's like to sit in a cafe and watch life (and other people) go by ... but I still love it!

  3. anonymous
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    Apr 14th 2018 report

    I think it means people are into themselves,more than anything else.

  4. anonymous
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    Nov 22nd 2013 report

    I think this song is a type of an extended metaphor for life, you see so much going on around you but you have no idea what is really going on. The part where she's talking about the woman outside and she says "does she see me" and decides that she doesn't because she sees her own reflection, I think that shows how it feels to be an outsider in a situation. Sometimes we are curious about the lives of others, but they're so involved with themselves they couldn't care less about what's going on with you.


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