(Reblogged from taylorwildfree)

"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

Image from Pedal Power

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

Image from Keoki Seu 

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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(Reblogged from marketablename)

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.)

(Reblogged from tomwaitsvisualdictionary)

Some things Tom Waits wonders about

  • Is there a plug at the bottom of the ocean?
  • What do jockeys say to their horses?
  • How does it feel to be a tree by the freeway?
  • When is the world going to rear up and scrape us off its back?
  • Is a diamond just a piece of coal with patience?
My head is spinning round. My heart is in my shoes.

Tom’s song: Anywhere I Lay My Head
Image from Danny Lyon
My head is spinning round. My heart is in my shoes.

Tom’s song: Anywhere I Lay My Head

Image from Danny Lyon

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

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