tom waits song

Tom Waits on songwriting:
“I like the idea that there are things coming in through the window and through you and then down to the piano and out the window on the other side. If you want to catch songs you gotta start thinking like one, and making yourself an interesting place for them to land like birds or insects. Once you get two or three tunes together, wherever three or more are gathered, then others come. It’s like a line for a hot dog place, you know? And when there’s four people lined up on the sidewalk, some people will stop and get in line just ’cause there’s a line.”

Image by Craig McDean
Source: NYTimes

What song did you grow up listening to that you wish was on your album?
  • Patrick: Let's answer for each other! I'm gonna say Pete would have wanted to have written… Paradise City?
  • Pete: I would say for Patrick… it would be a Tom Waits song but I can't think of one right now, so I'm gonna say Radio Radio by Elvis Costello
  • Andy: (to Joe) I don't know what you wanna write
  • Joe: I don't know what you wanna write either

My lock screen, most recent song, and most recent selfie (after waking up three hours early on a goddamned Sunday morning and after a 75-minute walk with the puppies).

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Tagging everyone I know, but especially:

@notentirely - @thatgumyoulikeisback - @takethreeturns - @casilemental - @soulproprietorship​ - @wealthy-babcock​ - @haggisandneeps - @tacocattacos - @mysolitaryskirmishes - @wolfidy - @wolpaw - @buttchurch - @sidhe-wolf - @solitaryfossil - @ruthieconnell - @realmarksheppard - @adammbotsford @herpinkishribbons - @happydogposts

Not tagging @rumorcontrol who hates these games.

Banded Together

Evil Rick had arrived at Chicken Point a couple of hours before Bill was scheduled to turn up. The additional time had given him the opportunity to re-order the place and prepare some food for later that evening. Sitting down on the sofa, satisfied that everything was now as it should be, he poured himself a whiskey, swiftly lit a cigarette and settled back in his seat to listen to some music. Tapping his cigarette packet on his knee he realised he was actually feeling nervous. Shaking his head he chuckled to himself, amused at the strange sensation, admittedly one that made him feel much younger than he was.

Shifting his wedding ring up, he glanced down at the thick strips of black which now coloured his ring finger and wondered what the demon would make of it. The conversation ahead was going to be a difficult one, to get Bill to understand him he was going to have to expound some truths while at the same time holding some back. He had no intention of delving into Bill’s forgotten past but he did feel it was going to be necessary to give the demon a little more context. The void in Bill’s head in many ways matched his own, if anyone could understand the confusion the demon was experiencing it was indeed the old man himself.

Grinding out his cigarette, Rick stood up and walked out onto the deck, his glass of whiskey in one hand, the bottle swinging from the other. Settling down he sat cross-legged, lit a fresh cigarette and watched as the twin suns slowly started to set. Short days and long nights; one of the many reasons he loved this secluded little planet so much.


Advice from Tom Waits

In almost every Tom Waits song you’ll find advice on how to live your life right. Here are a few favorites:

  • Don’t be a crybaby when there’s wood in the shed
  • Never trust a scarecrow wearing shades after dark
  • Never let the weeds get higher than the garden
  • Never trust a man in a blue trench coat
  • Never drive a car when you’re dead
  • Always keep a diamond in your mind
  • You can always find a millionaire to shovel all the coal
  • Money’s just something you throw off the back of the train
  • You must risk something that matters
  • If it’s worth the going, it’s worth the ride
  • When you get blue and you’ve lost all your dreams, there’s nothing like a campfire and a can of beans
Fish and Bird (feat. Aoife O'Donovan)
Noam Pikelny

If you’re not listening to bluegrass yet, get on this level. Imagine bayou moss and fireflies and the pastel lanterns at the beginning of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride–that’s the vibe, except it’s two incredible musicians doing the saddest cover of a Tom Waits song you’ve ever heard about a bird and a whale who fell in love.