hey little bird, fly away home...

– Tom Waits, live, Warsaw, 2000

Edna Million in a drop dead suit
Dutch Pink on a downtown train
Two-dollar pistol but the gun won’t shoot
I’m in the corner in the pouring rain
Sixteen men on a dead man’s chest
And I’ve been drinking from a broken cup
Two pairs of pants and a mohair vest
I’m full of bourbon, I can’t stand up

         “Jockey Full of Bourbon”
                   (original recording, Rain Dogs, 1985)


Collin said...

He's such a classic. Everytime I think of him, though, it's always from Short Cuts where he's telling Lily Tomlin he's gonna get her out of Downey.

sam of the ten thousand things said...

That's an amazing part of the film. The cafe scene always puts me in mind of his live album - Nighthawks at the Diner.

michi said...

i remember when i was 19, travelling australia, i met a swiss girl who was soooo into tom waits, and i really did not know what to do with him at the time. maybe she played some of the less accessible pieces, don't know, but boy, have i changed my mind about the man ... he has become one of my favourites, and aaahhh his voice, his voice! and he is so funny, as well. have you ever seen "roy orbison - a black and white night"? at the end they have this little interview sections with orbison's friends who played with him that night, and tom waits says, leaning in the doorway, with a smirk on his face: "ahh you know, i used to babysit for roy ..." makes me want to cuddle him every time. :)

i continue to be amazed how well he and his wife have been co-operating, coming up with such wonderful songs for years and years.

thanks for this. :)

sam of the ten thousand things said...

Thanks for the visit, Michi. I have seen the Orbison special. A good one.