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I Love Tom Waits

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    Never Heard of Him

    I'd never heard of the person so me being a big music lover, I wiki'd him. He sounds very interesting. I will definitely check him out. Thanks to MadMorrigan. I saw him in your experiences. :)
    deleted deleted 26-30 Oct 25, 2007

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    artymike8 artymike8 41-45, M Mar 25

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    Old Raindog

    Tom has been my fave. A fan for over 30 years... saw him quite a number of times over that period. I'm a member of the Raindog internet discussion group also. Favorite Tom moment... all of em really but the one where I actually got close enough to pat him on the back as he came...
    teaserus teaserus 56-60, M 1 Response Feb 19, 2008

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    Blue Valentine

    I am revisiting Blue Valentine. Rediscovering how good it is. Romeo is Bleeding, there's a bullet in his chest. And Postcard from a Hooker in Minneapolis - whoa. Great jazz grooves, blues, and of course Blue Valentine. I love this album. Thanks, Tom.
    NorthernDancer NorthernDancer 46-50, M Feb 17, 2008

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    The Higher That the Monkey Can Climb: the More He Shows His Tail...

    Especially Mule Variations, Blood Money and the Orphans trilogy... One of my very favorite tracks is "What's He Building In There" - it reminds me of a creepy Step-Uncle of mine!   I know of no-one in my age group who shares my passion for the music of Tom...
    Pixie87 Pixie87 22-25, F 3 Responses Jul 18, 2009

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    Sir Tom Waits........

    BEST story teller......EVER! He is a modern day, musical shakespear. Better. I love him. I love his voice. I love his style. I love every song he sings. He's brilliant. He is magical with words. He is my favorite artist. By far.
    EzraJade EzraJade 21-25, F 1 Response Nov 15, 2007

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    Song Recommendations

    If you may, any Tom Waits song you feel worthy of mention above others.
    deleted deleted 26-30 5 Responses Jul 25, 2009

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    I Encounter Small Change

    I was in graduate school in the 1970s, and working very hard at what I was paid to do: learn. Yes, we had scholarship allowances then and to augment that I had a job as a tutor as well. You weren't rich, but boy, what a life. I played cricket in the summer which always led to a...
    KenWX KenWX 61-65, M Nov 24, 2011

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    I Got That Drag-***** Courage, I Can Really Drive a Bed!

    At least I hope thats the line. XD I love Tom Waits, saw him live at the Palace Theater here in Louisville, Kentucky....almost orgasmed at the sight of him. I have every album available, but I am sure I'm missing a few and will go 'OutBack' to find the sumbitchez. People...
    causticstorm causticstorm 21-25, F 1 Response Sep 9, 2007

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    We're All Mad Here

    I've always been drawn to quirkiness and oddities, and since I was first introduced to the poignant work of Waits a few years back, there are few other musicians that has inspired me more than him. He is simply a incredible lyricist, a quite bizarre one that is. Cliché alert; he...
    bluelips54 bluelips54 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 11, 2012

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    Genius.....

    What does a pack of filterless cigarettes and a bottle of scotch sound like in a voice growling words that can drop you to your knees? That would be Tom Waits. His gruff whispers have carried me through many a tough time, and his absurdity has brought laughter when I didn't...
    MichelleMyBelle MichelleMyBelle 26-30, F Nov 7, 2007

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    The ocean doesn't want me today But I'll be

    back tomorrow to play And the strangles will take me Down deep in their brine The mischievous braingels Down into the endless blue wine I'll open my head and let out All of my time. I'd love to go drowning And to stay and to stay But the ocean doesn't want me today I'll go in up...
    artymike8 artymike8 41-45, M Apr 24

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    I Thought I Was Already In This Group!

     Duh, of course I love Tom Waits. My favorite songs (thus far) are Cemetery Polka and Tango 'til They're Sore. :)
    NaomiZero NaomiZero 26-30, F May 12, 2009

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    The ocean doesn't want me today But I'll be

    back tomorrow to play And the stranglers will take me Down deep in their brine The mischievous braingels Down into the endless blue wine I'll open my head and let out All of my time I'd love to go drowning And to stay and to stay But the ocean doesn't want me today I'll go in up...
    artymike8 artymike8 41-45, M May 25

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    What Happened?

    Well I loved him until he became a cartoon character.  What's up with the made up voices? 
    deleted deleted 26-30 6 Responses Nov 13, 2011

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    Soossie Soossie 51-55, F 2 Responses May 9

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    Lol... Can You Identify This Tom Waits Song? :)

    When life gets you down, Dance with the lads down at the Wind Orchestra Gig   Good luck :)
    KhayP KhayP 26-30 1 Response Apr 15, 2010

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    My Favorites....

    Hold On   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0P5jV4lHHR0   Tom Traubert's Blues  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZmqbcBsTAw   Bad Liver and a Broken Heart  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tPymxhwaEE    
    Egoberd Egoberd 31-35, F 2 Responses Sep 21, 2009

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    LilAnnie LilAnnie 56-60, F 2 Responses Nov 13, 2011

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    Just One of Those...

    ...people that I stray from starting to talk about as it would demand to much of everyones time to listen.   Can bring out the feelings in rocks.
    deleted deleted 26-30 Nov 3, 2008

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    "God's Away On Business"!

    Hear him growl his way through this over the end credits of "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room" and you'll be a fan,even if you never heard of the guy before. For the rest of us,it's one more gem in a well-supplied jewel box.
    notdarcy notdarcy 41-45, M 4 Responses May 9, 2009

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    The Past Few Nights...

     For the past couple of nights... maybe weeks, I have been listening to tom waits all night while i sit here. Sometimes his voice is so sad but at the same time I can laugh and enjoy some of the craziness. None of my friends really get what i see in him. There is just...
    Tacit Tacit 22-25, F 4 Responses Aug 25, 2008

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    $29 Dollars

    Belly up to the bar and give the master his due
    MilesMonkMingus MilesMonkMingus 56-60, M Jan 15, 2013

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    Waits Down Under

    I was intrigued recently to read an article in online media about the ageing Tom Waits, and how he does not tour anymore, doesn't like it. That wasn't always the case. When much younger - mind you, we were all much younger back then - he was quite the vigorous tourist. He brought...
    KenWX KenWX 61-65, M 1 Response Nov 24, 2011

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    Hell Broke Luce

    Waits goes where we sent them. 
    LilAnnie LilAnnie 56-60, F 1 Response Aug 7, 2012

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    I Never Talk To Strangers

    But for you, I'll make an exception
    MilesMonkMingus MilesMonkMingus 56-60, M Sep 17, 2012

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    My Brother...

    My oldest brother introduced me to Tom. He picked up swordfishtrombone in 1995 or 1996. It took me a while to warm up to Tom...I was only 14 or so, and kind of stuck on my maudlin bits...my particular sorrows hadn't warmed up to Tom...till I was about 16, and I started drinking...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Oct 1, 2010

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    Only Recently

         It was only in november 2007 that i first heard/saw tom waits. I can't believe i had gone that long without ever hearing of him! He is great! :)
    Tacit Tacit 22-25, F Jun 18, 2008

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    Tom Rules

    In my opinion, Blood Money is Tom Waits' best album. Gods Away on Business is one of the best song ever written. I just love the nihilistic outlook of that song. The same thing is true about Misery is the River of the World. It's brimming over with pessimism and weltschmerz. I...
    Johndoe10000 Johndoe10000 46-50, M 1 Response Jul 15, 2013

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    Related Experiences

    Tom Hiddleston is so kind and funny I can't get enough of the kindness he shows I still wonder if he is an angel sent from the heavens ☺
    selvickPurplepaws selvickPurplepaws 13-15, F 5 days ago

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    Oh Tom, You didn't break my heart. Come on, just get in the car. lol Take Me Home Tom Waits You've got to take me home, you silly girl and put your arms around me you've got to...
    ABitOfConversation ABitOfConversation 46-50, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    Hold On by Tom Waits has been in repeat for the last hour. Certainly one of my favorite songs :)
    CloseButNoGuitar CloseButNoGuitar 26-30, M a week ago

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    I want you... Tom Waits http://youtu.be/Rb0jsseh9J8 This man knows what he wants...
    yeronlyman yeronlyman 41-45, M 3 Responses 3 days ago

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    But me a drink, sing me a song, take me as I come cause I can't stay long <3 I love Tom Petty. Post your fav Tom Petty lyric.
    MzKtlyn MzKtlyn 26-30, F 3 Responses Nov 8

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    An 85-year-old man was requested by his doctor for a ***** count as part of his physical exam. The doctor gave the man a jar and said, "Take this jar home and bring back a...
    dasmuggler dasmuggler 36-40, M 1 Response 1 hr ago

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    "love letters in sunshine" she waits for me in the warm sunlight she calls to me in the beautiful night she sends love notes in the breeze filled with her longing filled with the...
    mudmen mudmen 46-50 Nov 12

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    Walt Whitman (1819–1892). Leaves of Grass. To You WHOEVER you are, I fear you are walking the walks of dreams, I fear these supposed realities are to melt from under your...
    izzypie izzypie 36-40, F 4 Responses Nov 14

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    Introduction After a great deal of deliberation, and months of firsthand studying, I feel I must share my work sooner rather than later. I am, of course, unable to...
    purposebuilt purposebuilt 22-25, M Oct 28

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    Yesterday evening, my wife and I went to the local theatre, to see a local group of actors, performing a play based on Terry Pratchett's "Wyrd Sisters" It was amazing...only a...
    expressomarkie expressomarkie 46-50, M 5 Responses Nov 13

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    (Extended version) It's cos these lights it rages on The war of these wages you've brought up apon But when I'm gone There will be no one to look up apon Just a brightness that...
    DaBigRemix DaBigRemix 41-45, M Oct 27

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    "loves intimate kiss" they say shes waiting for me beautifully they say that shes there with loves tender embrace with loves intimate kiss softly waiting for the mad rush of my...
    mudmen mudmen 46-50 Nov 7

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    So I've decided to start a story here on EP. I will write up the first part and then if you guys like it I'll post more :) This is a story about a girl who feels trapped in her...
    peacekeeper15 peacekeeper15 18-21, F 8 Responses Nov 5

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    Clay Walker - Live, Laugh, Love Lyrics I'm gonna live, laugh, love just for today Gonna take all the trouble that tomorrow might bring and put it away Gonna drink every drop...
    sherrianna sherrianna 22-25, F 4 days ago

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    Tom Anagnost is a soccer coach who has served the University of Miami and Central Michigan University with complete dedication and commitment. During Tom's employment with the...
    grover006 grover006 22-25, M 3 days ago

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    I always know when the discussions about to get interesting, she usually brings me a coffee to soften me and begins with "So Dad, what do you think of....". So a few days back the...
    CrowdOfOne CrowdOfOne 46-50, M 4 Responses Oct 27

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    If someone waits for you,it doesn't mean that they have nothing to do... it just means that nothing else is more important than you...
    lovebug19980 lovebug19980 18-21, F 3 Responses Oct 29

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    This story isn't true I'm not related to these people . Ryan day with Emma and faith It was a Saturday in december . Ryan says greenlee his wife of 8 months . Ya he says ? I'm...
    Dollfan32 Dollfan32 31-35, F 1 Response Oct 31

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    At school, Little Johnny was told by a classmate that most adults hide at least one dark secret and this makes it very easy to blackmail them merely by saying, "I know the whole...
    lovingCuteSmartGirl lovingCuteSmartGirl 18-21, F Nov 5

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    Tom Anagnost is a highly accomplished head soccer coach with more than 14 years of Head coaching experience in the sports field. He has served many high school and college...
    grover006 grover006 22-25, M Nov 13

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