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Step Right Up -- Tom Waits

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Good song for the 2016 political season.

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The large print givith and the small print taketh away

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Change into a 9 year old Hindu boy and get rid of your wife

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Buying bennies from a Lincoln full of Mexicans. Happy Birthday Jack.

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Download 20 of Tom Waits’ Rarest Live Covers

 

http://www.covermesongs.com/2016/03/tom-waits-covers-elvis-the-doors-james-brown.html

 

"Back in 2006, Tom Waits released an outtakes and rarities compilation called Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards. At 56 tracks, it had a lot – but not nearly everything. So fans dutifully compiled a companion collection of everything left on the cutting room floor, cleverly titled Forgotten Orphans. In addition to more outtakes and b-sides, this fan bootleg included something the main set lacked: live performances. Many of those were super-rare covers, none of which have ever been officially released. But they are worth hearing. Tom Waits is widely regarded as an excellent songwriter, but these covers showcase Tom Waits’ power as a songinterpreter. He’s never gone the Bob Dylan route of periodic forays into cover albums, but if he ever did, these songs show how great such an album could be.

The performances date back to 1973, the same year Tom’s debut record came out. He still was a James Taylor-sounding folkie very different than the oddball innovator he would become. From the early coffeehouse period, the song choices wind a path parallel to his songwriting, gradually moving away from folk selections into blues, soul, and American songbook choices. The interpretations also get less conventional, adding distortion, avant-garde jazz, and a lot of stomping and hollering. They continue all that way through the Swordfishtrombones/Rain Dogs/Frank’s Wild Years era of the ’80s, with a few more recent live covers too.

Waits tackles some iconic numbers over the course of these twenty covers. A mournful version ofSam Cooke’s “Cupid” from ’76 weeps with every line. His version of Little Willie John’s classic “Fever” twenty years later finds him singing through a distorted megaphone over gut-bucket blues guitar. Four songs come from what must have been quite a concert, a 1988 New Year’s Eve show with Marc Ribot in the band where, for the first and only time, he covered songs by The Doors (a roaring “Take It As It Comes”), Elvis Presley (“Hound Dog,” sounding much more like Big Mama Thornton’s original), Ewan MacColl (an accordion sashay through “Dirty Old Town”), and Bing Crosby (a warped “Pennies From Heaven”)."

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Buying bennies from a Lincoln full of Mexicans. Happy Birthday Jack.

 

Kerouac would've been 94.  I also like King Crimson's tune "Neal & Jack and me"

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Kerouac would've been 94.  I also like King Crimson's tune "Neal & Jack and me"

Don't know the King Crimson tune. But here's Ole 55

 

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A medley with Bette Midler, Never Talk to Strangers off Foreign Affairs.

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Cigar chewing charlies in their newspaper nests grifting hot horse tips on whose running the best

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Liar liar pants on fire.

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The hawk had his whole family out in the wind and he's got a message for you to beware kicking you *** in in a cold blooded fashion dishing out more than a good man can bear

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His headstone a gumball machine

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A torch song for piano and fire extinguisher

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Piano Has Been Drinking on Fernwood Tonight

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The moon was gold her hair like wind

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What becomes of little boys who never say their prayers they're sleeping like a baby on the nickle over there

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Eggs and Sausage on Mike Douglas

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