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  1. Monday, May 27, 2019

    tom waits last great record turned 20 years old last month 

    how does time go that fast? i still consider this one of his new records.

    weirdly it was a huge hit without having any hits.

    also how you sell a million records on an album looking like that, sounding the way it does and with it called MULE VARIATIONS?

    it’s proof of a few things that i want to embody for the rest of my days on this crust

    1. tom waits can do no wrong
    2. tom waits is the exception to all the rules
    3. which means we too can be the exception to all rules
    4. there are a million people out there in the world who will pay real money for real art no matter how different it is from everything else, because there are enough people in the world who appreciate artistry and craftsmanship and humor and weirdness and love and death and darkness and light. and those are the people who i am glad to call my friends.
    5. creativity is better than bullshit… every single time.
    6. you dont have to be pretty or dress great or sing like mariah carey or be young and cute to sell records. no you dont.
    7. if you give up on yourself you give up on all the loveliness that people are waiting for you to bring them.

    even though he came across as a throwback when he first came out, he was an original and only got more original as he got older. people talk about voice. i dont think people know what theyre really talking about when they talk about voice but tom waits has a style, an attitude, a come from, a point of view, and for damn sure a unique way of telling a story that is easily imitated but rarely covered. springsteen sang a tom waits song during the born in the usa tour (jersey girl) but tom did it better which is saying something because bruce was at his peak during that time.

    and in many ways waits aged better than bruce, creatively, without having to do this gimmick or that one. we all want to be the big rock star selling out any arena we want.

    but i gotta say, i think id rather be the person who can just be oozing with that mysterious spirit that even the french dont have a word for.

     

  2. Sunday, May 31, 2015

    that night the ramones did a tom waits song on letterman 

    When I’m lying in my bed at night
    I don’t wanna grow up
    Nothin’ ever seems to turn out right
    I don’t wanna grow up
    How do you move in a world of fog
    That’s always changing things
    Makes me wish that I could be a dog
    When I see the price that you pay
    I don’t wanna grow up
    I don’t ever wanna be that way
    I don’t wanna grow up

    Seems like folks turn into things
    That they’d never want
    The only thing to live for is today
    I’m gonna put a hole in my TV set
    I don’t wanna grow up
    Open up the medicine chest
    And I don’t wanna grow up
    I don’t wanna have to shout it out
    I don’t want my hair to fall out
    I don’t wanna be filled with doubt
    I don’t wanna be a good boy scout
    I don’t wanna have to learn to count
    I don’t wanna have the biggest amount
    I don’t wanna grow up

    Well when I see my parents fight
    I don’t wanna grow up
    They all go out and drinking all night
    And I don’t wanna grow up
    I’d rather stay here in my room
    Nothin’ out there but sad and gloom
    I don’t wanna live in a big old tomb
    On Grant Street

    When I see the 5 o’clock news
    I don’t wanna grow up
    Comb their hair and shine their shoes
    I don’t wanna grow up
    Stay around in my old hometown
    I don’t wanna put no money down
    I don’t wanna get me a big old loan
    Work them fingers to the bone
    I don’t wanna float a broom
    Fall in love and get married then boom
    How the hell did I get here so soon
    I don’t wanna grow up

  3. Tuesday, August 5, 2014

    why i love taylor swift 

    how does taylor swift write this song at 20 years old

    on her third record.

    after she has already written all the good songs youre supposed to write

    but then she goes and writes this one.

    nbd

    tell me that tom waits’ is that much better

    [ducks]

  4. Wednesday, March 27, 2013

    tom waits hold on from mule variations 

    They hung a sign up in our town
    “If you live it up, you won’t live it down”
    So she left Monte Rio, son
    Just like a bullet leaves a gun
    With her charcoal eyes and Monroe hips
    She went and took that California trip
    Oh, the moon was gold, her hair like wind
    Said, ‘Don’t look back, just come on, Jim’

    Oh, you got to hold on, hold on
    You gotta hold on
    Take my hand, I’m standing right here
    You gotta hold on

    Well, he gave her a dimestore watch
    And a ring made from a spoon
    Everyone’s looking for someone to blame

    When you share my bed, you share my name
    Well, go ahead and call the cops
    You don’t meet nice girls in coffee shops
    She said, ‘Baby, I still love you’
    Sometimes there’s nothin’ left to do

    Oh, but you got to hold on, hold on
    Babe, you gotta hold on
    And take my hand, I’m standing right here
    You gotta hold on

    Well, God bless your crooked little heart
    St. Louis got the best of me
    I miss your broken China voice
    How I wish you were still here with me
    Oh, you build it up, you wreck it down
    Then you burn your mansion to the ground
    Oh, there’s nothing left to keep you here
    But when you’re falling behind in this big blue world

    Oh, you’ve got to hold on, hold on
    Babe, you gotta hold on
    Take my hand, I’m standing right here
    You gotta hold on

    Down by the Riverside motel
    It’s 10 below and falling
    By a 99 cent store
    She closed her eyes and started swaying
    But it’s so hard to dance that way
    When it’s cold and there’s no music
    Oh, your old hometown’s so far away
    But inside your head there’s a record that’s playing

    A song called ‘Hold On’, hold on
    Babe, you gotta hold on
    Take my hand, I’m standing right there
    You gotta hold on

    You gotta hold on, hold on
    Babe, you gotta hold on
    Take my hand, I’m standing right there
    You gotta hold on

    You gotta hold on, hold on
    Babe, you gotta hold on
    And take my hand, I’m standing right here
    You gotta hold on

  5. Saturday, August 25, 2012

    The laughing heart by charles bukowski read by tom waits 

    your life is your life
    don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission.
    be on the watch.
    there are ways out.
    there is a light somewhere.
    it may not be much light but
    it beats the darkness.
    be on the watch.
    the gods will offer you chances.
    know them.
    take them.
    you can’t beat death but
    you can beat death in life, sometimes.
    and the more often you learn to do it,
    the more light there will be.
    your life is your life.
    know it while you have it.
    you are marvelous
    the gods wait to delight
    in you.

  6. Tuesday, August 23, 2011

    tom waits would like a word with you about privacy 

    tom waits

    i have been known to test a lady or two.

    subtle pop quiz, nothing serious.

    for example one day i put on a tom waits album to see if the poor creature would be able to withstand making out with me

    WHILE

    listening to one a finer vintage of Waits’. Rain Dogs or Franks Wild Year i think.

    its not that he doesnt have his romantic moments. of course he does. its just as todd martens said

    “you cant just throw on Tom Waits and dim the lights, you have to curate it.”

    with that said, Napa’s Shakespeare has a funny way of announcing when his new ish is fixin to drop

    as he did today, brilliantly, on the YouTubes