(Writing a song) is like bird-watching, you know. You gotta know something about birds or you won’t see anything: just you and your binoculars and a stupid look on your face.”

- Tom Waits

What does it matter - a dream of love or a dream of lies? We’re all gonna be the same place when we die.

Tom’s song: Dirt in the Ground

Photo also by Tom Waits

The ghost of your memory, Baby, it’s the thistle in the kiss.

Tom’s song: Blue Valentines
Image from Danny Lyon

laurensbontes:

Tom Waits For No One - Animated 1979

I’ve lost my equilibrium, my car keys, and my pride.

(Reblogged from laurensbontes)

Hey little bird, fly away home.


Tom’s song: Jockey Full of Bourbon
Image from opening of “Down By Law” when this lyric is sung

"I usually write a capella. It’s more like drawing in the air with your fingers. It’s closest to the choreography of a bee. You’re freer. You have no frets to constrict you. There are no frets on your voice, and that’s a good feeling." - Tom Waits

"I usually write a capella. It’s more like drawing in the air with your fingers. It’s closest to the choreography of a bee. You’re freer. You have no frets to constrict you. There are no frets on your voice, and that’s a good feeling." - Tom Waits

Now the sun, it falls into the sea. I know I’m the only one for me.
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Tom’s song: World Keeps Turning
Image from Anthony Friedkin

Now the sun, it falls into the sea. I know I’m the only one for me.

Tom’s song: World Keeps Turning

Image from Anthony Friedkin

Winter dreams the same dream every time

Tom’s Song: You Can Never Hold Back Spring

Image from TRUDI

Tom Waits Proverbs

Favorite Tom Waits proverbs, adages, and maxims: 

  • A rat always knows when he’s in with the weasels 
  • They that dance must pay the fiddler
  • A dog won’t bite if you beat it with a bone
  • A tree born crooked will never grow straight 
  • Everybody knows that umbrellas cost more when it rains
  • There’s always free cheddar in the mousetrap
  • The higher the monkey climbs, the more he shows his tail
  • In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king (Originally from Erasmus)

What’s missing from the list?