Tom Waits is no ordinary songwriter. He's probably one of the greatest American writers in American history - and partly because he has soaked up so much of it. The guy doesn't just reinterpret all things Americana, he's basically a walking Smithsonian. Here are a few of my favorite lines from his music, as well as another quote or two from interviews:
"Money's just something you throw off the back of a train"
"You'll be buried in the clothes that you never wore"
"My daddy told me, lookin back, the best friend you'll have is a railroad track"
"You can put all my possessions in Jesus' name"
"How do the angels get to sleep when the devil leaves the porch light on?"
"You know there ain't no devil, there's just God when he's drunk"
"Come down off the cross, we could use the wood"
"She's my black market baby, she's a diamond who wants to stay coal"
"I'll bet she's still a virgin, but it's only twenty-five to nine"
"The piano has been drinking, my necktie is asleep... And the combo went back to New York, the jukebox has to take a leak... And the carpet needs a haircut, and the spotlight looks like a prison break... Cause the telephone's out of cigarettes, and the balcony is on the make... And the piano has been drinking..."
"Disneyland is Vegas for children" (interview in Playboy, March 1988)