The Early Years: The Lyrics of Tom Waits 1971-1983

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Music - 192 pages
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Known for his growling vocals and for the distinct poetry of his lyrics, Tom Waits has amassed over the course of three decades a devoted cult following. The Early Years collects the lyrics—formative and classic—from the first ten albums of this true bard of hard living. A celebration of both his words and of the artist himself, this lyrical biography charts the course from Wait's emotional debut album, Closing Time (1977), to the experimental stirrings in Heartattack and Vine (1991) and One from the Heart (1992). Here the words achieve a new potency, adding further dimension to this singularly gifted artist.

 

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Contents

From Closing Time
1
Virginia Avenue
7
Rosie
13
From The Heart of Saturday Night
19
Shiver Me Timbers
25
Fumblin With the Blues
31
The Ghosts of Saturday Night
37
From Nighthawks at the Diner
39
Jitterbug Boy
68
Pasties and a Gstring
75
Small Change Got Rained on with His Own 38
84
From Foreign Affairs
89
Barber Shop
102
Whistlin Past the Graveyard
117
Saving All My Love For You
130
On the Nickel
134

Better Off Without a Wife
45
Putnam County
52
Nobody
58
Had Me A Girl
147
Want You
160
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Tom Waits is an American singer, songwriter, composer, and actor. By integrating pre-rock styles such as blues, jazz, and Vaudeville with genres verging on the industrial, Waits has created a distinct musical persona. He has won two Grammy Awards and has been nominated for a number of other major music awards as well as an Academy Award for his soundtrack work.

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