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Tom Waits. Tom Waits for me.
 
That is, Tom Waits and his body of work is out there, ready for me, when I am ready for it.
 
So far, I haven’t delved into it very far (something tells me it might get rather expensive if I did!). But – especially for singalongs in the car – I love ‘Mule Variations’, even if I am told by some music critics that it is ‘Tom Waits for Sissies’. Ah well, perhaps I’m a sissy.
 
There are so many excellent songs on that album – or at least, songs I like very much indeed. But I think my favourite is ‘Picture in a Frame’. I would have to describe it as being like ‘distilled essence of lovesong’, almost to the point of being homeopathic. Take out all the impurities, unnecessary fripperies and folderols, and Love (I mean, the Real Thing) is… This Song.
 
Sun come up, it was blue and gold
Sun come up, it was blue and gold
Sun come up, it was blue and gold
Ever since I put your picture in a frame
 
I come calling in my Sunday best
I come calling in my Sunday best
I come calling in my Sunday best
Ever since I put your picture in a frame
 
I’m gonna love you till the wheels come off
Oh yeah
 
I love you baby, and I always will
I love you baby, and I always will
I love you baby, and I always will
Ever since I put your picture in a frame.
 
Copyright Tom Waits/Kathleen Brennan
 
If you ever wanted to let someone know that you really cared for them, and your tongue was tied, I prescribe this song. If you could dance with them around your kitchen to it, that would work especially well, methinks.
 
Yes, I am sentimental. (Sentient and mental; oh my yes. ^_^)

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sroit
Feb. 24th, 2008 05:08 pm (UTC)
A few years ago I saw Tom Waits perform.

One of the best shows I have ever been to.
yesihavecookies
Feb. 25th, 2008 01:41 am (UTC)
SO JEALOUS!
song_of_copper
Feb. 25th, 2008 08:46 am (UTC)
Wow, yes, I have to add my ditto to el jealousy!
yesihavecookies
Feb. 25th, 2008 01:41 am (UTC)
I love that song. It is a goodin'.

Have you heard the song "fawn." It hits me every time!
song_of_copper
Feb. 25th, 2008 08:58 am (UTC)
Not yet. :-)

I think when I've unpacked all my CDs/records etc*., I will be doing a stock-take of 'what is missing from my musical life'. And then... cue purchasing spree, inc. large swathes of Mr W's back catalogue. :-)

[*currently in cardboard boxes! :-(]
atlas_fulcrum
Feb. 27th, 2008 02:53 am (UTC)
"Don't you know there ain't no Devil
that's just God when he's drunk"

one of my favorite poets :-D
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