"My theory is that songs have to be anatomically correct. They need to have weather in them and the name of a town and usually something to eat — in case you get hungry."
- Tom Waits
They always say He marks the sparrow’s fall.
How can anyone believe it all?
Tom’s song: World Keeps Turning
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Tom Waits’ groundbreaking rotoscope film, “Tom Waits For No One,” to be restored for its 35th anniversary. The filmmakers are raising money on Kickstarter. Check it out!
"My idea of heaven is me and my wife on Route 66 with a pot of coffee, a cheap guitar, pawnshop tape recorder in a Motel 6, and a car that runs good parked right by the door." - Tom Waits
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God, I loved that Pontiac. Well, it was kind of an ox-blood.God, but it handled so beautifully. Yeah, I miss that car. Well, it was a long time ago. A long time ago.
Tom’s song: The Pontiac
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I drink champagne from your thin blue veins.
Tom’s Song: On the Other Side of the World
Image from Rene Groebli
(I put this up a few years ago, but liked it enough for a repeat.)
Some things Tom Waits wonders about:
Tom’s song: Anywhere I Lay My Head
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Elvis Costello and Tom Waits —offering you a beer.
They were interviewed about songwriting in 1989. It’s a good read: http://tomwaitsfan.com/Official%20Tom%20Waits/html/tomwaits/i_twec.htm