Happy birthday Tom

Tom Waits turns 63 today. This is one of his most heart-wrenching songs and never fails to move. Childhood, growing up, friendship, love: has anyone ever described it better? He was only 29 when he wrote it. MOJO Magazine listed Waits’ vocal performance in the song as one of the 100 greatest voices in the world.

comment on youtube: “If god had a wallet, there’d be a picture of Tom Waits inside.”

‘Well Eddie Grace’s Buick got four bullet holes in the side
and Charlie DeLisle is sittin at the top of an avocado tree
Mrs. Storm will stab you with a steak knife if you step on her lawn
I got a half a pack of Lucky Strikes man so come along with me
and let’s fill our pockets with macadamia nuts
and go over to Bobby Goodmanson’s and jump off the roofwell Hilda plays strip poker when her mamas cross the street
Joey Navinski says she put her tongue in his mouth
and Dicky Faulkner’s got a switchblade and some gooseneck risers
that eucalyptus is a hunchback there’s a wind down from the south
so let me tie you up with kite string and I’ll show you the scabs on my knee
watch out for the broken glass put your shoes and socks on
and come along with melet’s follow that fire truck I think your house is burnin down
and go down to the hobo jungle and kill some rattlesnakes with a trowel
and we’ll break all the windows in the old Anderson place
and we’ll steal a bunch of boysenberries and I’ll smear em on your face
I’ll get a dollar from my mama’s purse and buy that skull and crossbones ring
and you can wear it round your neck on an old piece of stringThen we’ll spit on Ronnie Arnold and flip him the bird
and slash the tires on the school bus now don’t say a word
I’ll take a rusty nail and scratch your initials in my arm
and I’ll show you how to sneak up on the roof of the drugstore
I’ll take the spokes from your wheelchair and a magpie’s wings
and I’ll tie em to your shoulders and your feet
I’ll steal a hacksaw from my dad and cut the braces off your legs
and we’ll bury them tonight out in the cornfield
just put a church key in your pocket we’ll hop that freight train in the hall
we’ll slide all the way down the drain to New Orleans in the fall.’


Tom Waits is starring in Martin McDonagh’s latest film Seven Pschopaths together with Christopher Walken, Woddy Harrelson, Colin Farrell and Harry Dean Stanton. Nice line-up. Definitely worth seeing.

photo by Anton Corbijn.

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