Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan wrote the “Dust Bowl circus music” for a new version of “The Tempest.”
“(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
I would love to see Tom perform live.
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
Tom Waits For No One - Animated 1979
I’ve lost my equilibrium, my car keys, and my pride.
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
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