Blow Wind Blow

 



Blow wind blow

Wherever you may go

Put on your overcoat

Take me away



You gotta take me on into the night

Take me on into the night

Blow me away

Blow me away



Mary's on the black top(2)

There's a husband in the doghouse(3)

In the middle of a shakedown(4)

I got quiet as a church mouse



Put my Raleigh's(5) on the dashboard

Sugar daddy(6) caught a polocar(7)

There's no solitary tap dance

Way down here



Blow wind blow

Wherever you may go

Put on your overcoat

Take me into the night

Take me into the night

Blow me away



I ride upon a field mouse

I was dancin' in the slaughterhouse

And if you swing along the beltway(8)

You skid along the all day



Cause I went a little crazy

And I sat upon a high chair

And I'm smokin' like a diesel

Way out here



And if you'll blow wind blow

Wherever you may go

Put on your overcoat

Take me away

You gotta take me on into the night

Well, you take me on into the night



Blow me away

Blow me away

You gotta blow me away

Blow me away

Yeah



Written by: Tom Waits

Published by: Jalma Music (ASCAP), � 1986-1987

Official release: Frank's Wild Years, Island Records Inc., 1987

Arrangement and lyrics published in "Tom Waits - Anthology 1983-2000" (Nuova Carisch s.r.l. Milan/ Italy, 2001)

Further reading: Frank's Wild Years the play



Known covers:

Secret World. Astrid Seriese. October, 1994 (re-released in 2003). Brigadoon



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Listen to audio excerpt of Blow Wind Blow as performed in the theatre play Frank's Wild Years.

The Briar Street Theatre (Steppenwolf Theatre Company). Chicago/ USA. June 17, 1986.

Ripped from low resolution audience tape



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Music video promoting: "Blow Wind Blow" (Island, ca. August, 1987)

With Val Diamond. Directed by Chris Blum. 

Shot at The Chi Chi Club run by former "exotic dancer" Miss Keiko, on 438 Broadway in San Francisco. 

Tom Waits (1987): "Kathleen and I put together the ideas for it. It was done up there at the Chi Chi Club ... in [San Francisco's] North Beach. Miss Keiko's Chi Chi Club right there on Broadway next to Big Al's. I worked with a girl named Val Diamond, who played a doll. She drew eyeballs on the outside of her eyelids and wore a Spanish dress and I unscrewed one of her legs and pulled a bottle out of it. It's got some entertainment value." (Source: "Morning Becomes Eclectic": KCRW-FM, Deirdre O' Donohue. August, 1987) 

Video blocked in Germany by Universal Music Group (UMG).



Notes:



(1) Blow Wind Blow:

- Tom Waits (1987): "Little opera line, there. Got a little carnival thing in it. Glockenspiel, pump organ. Used the bullhorn on it." RR: It sort of continues the 'get out of town' theme? TW: "Yes. Those three songs are a guy raring up for his departure." (Source: "From the set of Ironweed, Tom Waits talks with Rip Rense". New York Post: Rip Rense. Early 1987)



(2) Blacktop

- n [20C] (US) a minor road, a back road, [its black asphalt surface] (Blacktop: A bituminous material, such as asphalt, used to pave roads) (Source: "Cassell's Dictionary Of Slang". Jonathon Green. Cassel & Co., 1998. ISBN: 0-304-35167-9).

- Notice the same phrase being used in Potter's Field, 1977: "On a train through the Bronx that will take you just as far as the empty of a bottle to the highway of a scar that stretched across the blacktop of my cheek."



(3) Doghouse, in the

- In trouble (Submitted by Richard Beckwith, Raindogs Listserv Discussionlist. August, 2000).

- Any of various houselike structures more or less resembling a dog's kennel; specif., a railroad caboose, a small, temporary office shack serving a work crew, a tower on a prison wall, a bass viol, or the like (Source: Dictionary Of American Slang, Wentworth/ Flexner)



(4) Shake-down, shakedown

- n.: 1. A search or searching of a person or place (Source: Dictionary Of American Slang, Wentworth/ Flexner) 

- This carries the implication that if something good is found, it's taken. In fact, you can shake someone down simply by making them give you what they have without your having to search (Submitted by Richard Beckwith, Raindogs Listserv Discussionlist. August, 2000)

- [late 19C+] blackmail, extortion, thus shakedown artist, shakedown man, an extortionist



(5) Raleigh's: Raleigh cigarettes. There was also Sir Walter Raleigh tobacco in a can for pipes and every schoolboy would call the store and ask, "You got Walter Raleigh in a can? Well, ya better let him out" (Submitted by Mitch Kirsner. September, 2000)





(6) Sugar daddy

- A male sweetheart well provided with money, esp., a wealthy, usu. elderly man who spends money freely on girls; specif., a worldly, sophisticated man, usu. not young and usu. wealthy, who pays the rent and other expenses of a young woman in return for her sexual favors and companionship (Source: Dictionary Of American Slang, Wentworth/ Flexner).

- Also mentioned in Invitation To The Blues: "But she used to have a sugar daddy and a candyapple Caddy."



(7) Polocar: Might refer to the New York "Polocar Limosine Service". Song was written in 1984 (for the play Franks Wild Years), when Waits was living in New York.



(8) Beltway n.: A high-speed highway that encircles or skirts an urban area. Also called belt highway (Source: The American Heritage� Dictionary of the English Language, Houghton Mifflin - Third Edition)



Cold Cold Ground

 



(Frank's Wild Years studio version, 1987)(1)



Crest fallen(2) sidekick(3) in an old cafe

Never slept with a dream before he had to go away

There's a bell in the tower, Uncle Ray bought a round

Don't worry 'bout the army in the cold cold ground



Cold cold ground

Cold cold ground

Cold cold ground



Now don't be a cry baby when there's wood in the shed

There's a bird in the chimney and a stone in my bed

When the road's washed out, we pass the bottle around

And wait in the arms of the cold cold ground



The cold cold ground

The cold cold ground

The cold cold ground



There's a ribbon in the willow and a tire swing rope

And a briar patch of berries takin' over the slope

The cat'll sleep in the mailbox and we'll never go to town

Till we bury every dream in the cold cold ground



In the cold cold ground

The cold cold ground

In the cold cold ground

In the cold cold ground



Give me a Winchester rifle and a whole box of shells

Blow the roof off the goat barn, let it roll down the hill

The piano is firewood, Times Square is a dream

I find we'll lay down together in the cold cold ground



The cold cold ground

The cold cold ground

In the cold cold ground



Call the cops on the Breedloves(4), bring a Bible and a rope

And a whole box of Rebel(5) and a bar of soap

Make a pile of trunk tires and burn 'em all down

Bring a dollar with you, baby, in the cold cold ground



In the cold cold ground

In the cold cold ground

In the cold cold ground



Take a weathervane rooster, throw rocks at his head

Stop talking to the neighbors until we all go dead

Beware of my temper and the dog that I've found

Break all the windows in the cold cold ground



In the cold cold ground

In the cold cold ground

In the cold cold ground

In the cold cold ground

In the cold cold ground

In the cold cold ground

In the cold cold ground

In the cold cold ground

In the cold cold ground

In the cold cold ground



Written by: Tom Waits

Published by: Jalma Music (ASCAP), � 1986-1987

Official release: Frank's Wild Years, Island Records Inc., 1987

Arrangement and lyrics published in "Tom Waits - Beautiful Maladies" (Amsco Publications, 1997)

Further reading: Frank's Wild Years the play





 



Cold Cold Ground



(Big Time live version, 1988)(1)



Well, Crest fallen(2) sidekick(3) in an old cafe

It slept with a dream before he had to go away

There's a bell in the tower, Uncle Ray bought a round

Don't worry 'bout the army in the cold cold ground



In the cold cold ground

In the cold cold ground

In the cold cold ground



Now don't be a cry baby when there's wood in the shed

There's a bird in the chimney and a stone in my bed

And the road's washed out, we pass the bottle around

And wait in the arms of the cold cold ground



In the cold cold ground

In the cold cold ground

In the cold cold ground



There's a ribbon in the willow and a tire swing rope

A briar patch of berries takin' over the slope

The cat'll sleep in the mailbox and we'll never go to town

Bury every dream in the cold cold ground



In the cold cold ground

In the cold cold ground

In the cold cold ground

In the cold cold ground



Give me a Winchester rifle and a whole box of shells

Blow the roof off the goat barn, let it roll down the hill

The piano is firewood, Times Square is a dream

Lay down together in the cold cold ground



In the cold cold ground

In the cold cold ground

In the cold cold ground



Call the cops on the Breedloves(4), bring a Bible and a rope

Whole box of Rebel(5) and a bar of soap

Make a pile of trunk tires and burn 'em all down

Bring a dollar with you, baby, in the cold cold ground



In the cold cold ground

In the cold cold ground

In the cold cold ground

In the cold cold ground

In the cold cold ground

In the cold cold ground

In the cold cold ground

In the cold cold ground



Written by: Tom Waits

Published by: Jalma Music, Admin. by Ackee Music, Inc. (ASCAP), � 1986-1987-1988-1998

Official release: "Big Time", � Island Visual Arts Inc. (P) Island Records Inc., 1988 &

"Beautiful Maladies", Island Records Inc., 1998

Arrangement and lyrics published in "Tom Waits - Beautiful Maladies" (Amsco Publications, 1997)

Further reading: Frank's Wild Years the play

Also included in Big Time movie (1988). Further reading: Big Time full story



Known covers:

Leave A Light On, John Gogo. August, 1997. Cd Cd's (Canada)

Miles On The Rail. Grievous Angels. September 8, 1998. Bloodshot Records, BS 038

Bukowski Waits For Us - Vol. 1. Michael Kiessling. September 25, 2000. Buschfunk (Germany)

Being Tom Waits. Billy`s Band. 2001. Self-released demo album (Russia)

Saving All My Love For You (a tribute to Tom Waits). Claudia Bettinaglio. January, 2001. Taxim Records (Germany)

The Greatest Story Ever Hula'd. Grabass Charlestons. October 31, 2003. No Idea Records



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Music video promoting: "Cold Cold Ground" taken from the Big Time concert video.

Recorded live at the Wiltern Theatre. Los Angeles/ USA. November 9, 1987.

PolyGram Video (Island Visual Arts)/ Fries Home Video (Fries Entertainment Inc.), 1988.

With: Michael Blair, Ralph Carney, Greg Cohen, Marc Ribot and Willy Schwarz.

Stage show concept: Kathleen Brennan & Tom Waits. Directed by Chris Blum. 

Video blocked in Germany by Universal Music Group (UMG).



Notes:



(1) Cold Cold Ground:

Tom Waits (1987): "That's the only real Marty Robbins-influenced number on there. Just kind of a hardening back to his earlier times; a romantic song thinking about home, and all that." (Source: "From the set of Ironweed, Tom Waits talks with Rip Rense". New York Post: Rip Rense. Early 1987)

Intro from the movie 'Big Time' (1988): "It's good to be back in the land of wigs and novelties. Go ahead and laugh, but when you're in Indiana and you need wigs and novelties... You can hang it up, buddy! I looked everywhere. Woke up in a cold sweat, one thing on my mind I wanted a cigarette lighter as big as an encyclopedia You know those? You open the top and it goes CLINK And then WHOOM It's thrilling It's good to be in the Wilshire district, you know You know, close to everything Shopping and that type of thing All real important things with us Actually, Wilshire's a little snooty Western's very friendly So we're kind of... we're kind of... Would you say we're on the corner of Friendly and Snooty? The two missing seven dwarfs Friendly and Snooty All right, this is a song about a little guy who lives in a little house... " (Submitted by Ulf Berggren. Tom Waits eGroups discussionlist, 2000)Refers to the Wiltern Theatre being on the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue.



(2) Crestfallen: To be or to look disheartened, saddened, depressed, like chapfallen and chopfallen, indicates the physical signs of a drooping spirit. A bird with a drooping crest is cast down in spirits, confidence and courage(Source: A dictionary of euphemisms, Neaman/ Silver)



(3) Side-kick, sidekick n.: A partner; a close friend or comrade; a pal; a buddy (Source: Dictionary Of American Slang, Wentworth/ Flexner)



(4) Breedlove: A name of a family from the book "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison



(5) Whole box of Rebel: "Must say that I always thought "whole box of rebel and a bar of soap" was a reference to a case ("box") of Rebel Yell, a bourbon that is a favorite of Tom's close personal friend Keith Richards. In fact, I would not be at all surprised if Keith kept the company in business, and not through endorsements, if you know what I'm saying" (Submitted by Brendan Costello. Raindogs Listserv discussionlist. September, 2000)



Frank's Theme

 



Dream away the tears in your eyes

Dream away your sorrows

Dream away all your goodbyes

Dream away tomorrow



I promise when the sun comes up

I promise I'll be true

And just like before the band starts to play

They always play your favorite tune



And dream away when everyone's gone

Dream away your grey skies(2) too

Dream away and nothing is wrong

Dreams have wishes that are waiting for you



And up ahead the road is turning

Turning for you and me

And just like before the band starts to play

Now there's that twinkle in your eye



And dream away



Written by: Tom Waits

Published by: Jalma Music (ASCAP), � 1986-1987

Official release: Frank's Wild Years, Island Records Inc., 1987

Further reading: Frank's Wild Years the play



Known covers:

Temptation. Holly Cole, 1995. Blue Note Records/ Capital (Japan/ USA)

64 Hours. Mike Felumlee. 2001. Double Zero Records (Dream Away)

All Things Move. La Thorpe Brass. 2001. Brixton Records/ Mosaic Music

Dolphin Blue Live. Dolphin Blue. December, 2007. Rising Sun Productions (German CDR) 

Innocent When You Dream. Brandon Bernstein. February 26, 2010. Jazz Collective Records



Notes:



(1) Frank's Theme:

Tom Waits (1987): "Little Rudy Vallee there." RR: At what age? TW: "From the grave. Rudy Vallee. From beyond the grave, we now bring you. ...the missing broadcast." (Source: "From the set of Ironweed, Tom Waits talks with Rip Rense". New York Post: Rip Rense. Early 1987)



(2) Grey Skies: Notice this phrase being repeated during the play. Yesterday Is Here: "Well today is grey skies, tomorrow is tears. You'll have to wait 'til yesterday is here." More Than Rain: "I have to say to you it's more than woe-be-gotten grey skies now."



Hang On St. Christopher

 



Hang on St. Christopher(2) through the smoke and the oil

Buckle down the rumble seat, let the radiator boil

Got an overhead downshift and a two dollar grill

Got an 85 cabin on an 85 hill

Hang on St. Christopher on the passenger side

Open it up, tonight the Devil can ride(3)



Hang on St. Christopher with a barrel house(4) dog

Kick me up Mount Baldy(5), throw me out in the fog

Tear a hole in the jack pot, drive a stake through his heart

Do a 100 on the grapevine(6), do a jump on the start

Hang on St. Christopher, now don't let me go

Get me to Reno(7) and bring it in low, yeah



Hang on St. Christopher with the hammer to the floor

Put a hi ball in the crank case(8), nail a crow to the door

Get a bottle for the jockey(9), gimme a 294

There's a 750 Norton(10) bustin' down January's door

Hang on St. Christopher on the passenger side

Open it up, tonight the Devil can ride



Hang on St. Christopher and don't let me go

Get to me Reno, got to bring it in low

Put my baby on the flat car, got to burn down the caboose

Get 'em all jacked up(11) on whiskey, then we'll turn the mad dog loose

Hang on St. Christopher on the passenger side

Open it up, tonight the Devil can ride, yeah

Oh yeah.



Written by: Tom Waits

Published by: Jalma Music (ASCAP), � 1986-1987-1998

Official release: "Frank's Wild Years", Island Records Inc., 1987 &

"Beautiful Maladies", Island Records Inc., 1998

Extended version and instrumental version released as 2-track 12" single

(P) & � 1987 Island Records Ltd � 1987 Jalma Music (ASCAP) Island 96750 (10)

Arrangement and lyrics published in "Tom Waits - Beautiful Maladies" (Amsco Publications, 1997)

Further reading: Frank's Wild Years the play

Also included in Big Time movie (1988). Further reading: Big Time full story



Known covers:

Freakshow. Bulletboys, 1991. Warner Bros. Records

A Spanner In The Works. Rod Stewart. June, 1995. Warner Bros. Records

Sound Of Someone Leaving. The Exiles. July 11, 2007. Non Zero Records (Australia)



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Listen to audio excerpt of Hang On St. Christopher as performed in the theatre play Frank's Wild Years.

The Briar Street Theatre (Steppenwolf Theatre Company). Chicago/ USA. June 17, 1986.

Ripped from low resolution audience tape



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Waits performing "Hang On St. Christopher" taken from the Big Time concert video.

Recorded live at the Warfield Theatre. San Francisco/ USA. November 5, 1987.

PolyGram Video (Island Visual Arts)/ Fries Home Video (Fries Entertainment Inc.), 1988.

With: Michael Blair, Ralph Carney, Greg Cohen, Marc Ribot and Willy Schwarz.

Stage show concept: Kathleen Brennan & Tom Waits. Directed by Chris Blum.



Notes:



(1) Hang On St. Christopher

- Tom Waits 
(1987): "Little Jamaican shoeshine music, there. Kind of a depraved Vaudeville train announcer. Ummm. . . It was really great to see Bill Schimmel, classically trained at Juilliard, on his hands and knees, playing the pedals of the B-3 organ with his fists. Working up a sweat. It was worth it just for that. Has kind of a little bit of a North African horn action going on --- that's Ralph Carney and Greg Cohen. I think it moves along rather well. Kind of mutant James Brown." (Source: "From the set of Ironweed, Tom Waits talks with Rip Rense". New York Post: Rip Rense. Early 1987)

Tom Waits (1987): "But I just hate the way most equipment and instruments look on a stage... The wires and all that. These necessary, utility items make me feel like I'm in an emergency ward. I want to take the Leslie bass pedals and raise them up to a kitchen table so you can play them with your fists. Which is what we did in the studio on "Hang On St. Christopher." (Source: "Tom Waits Is Flying Upside Down (On Purpose)" Musician magazine (USA), by Mark Rowland. Date: Travelers Cafe/ Los Angeles. October, 1987)



(2) Christopher, St.

- Catholic patron saint of travellers, or the religious medal dedicated to him. There are several legends about him including the one in which he was crossing a river when a child asked to be carried across. When Christopher put the child on his shoulders he found the child was unbelievably heavy. The child, according to the legend, was Christ carrying the weight of the whole world. His former holy day is July 25.The religious medal dedicated to this saint says: "Protect me" or "Protect us".

- Also mentioned in Tom Traubert's Blues: "Now I've lost my St. Christopher, now that I've kissed her."





(3) Tonight the Devil can ride: Might refer to "Don't Let The Devil Ride", a traditional gospel also performed as blues tune. Performed by various artists (Sonny Treadway, Campbell Brothers, Oris Mays, Gospel Hummingbirds). Lyrics (Gospel Hummingbirds version): "Don't let the devil ride, Don't let the devil ride. If you let him ride, He might want to drive, Don't let the devil ride. Don't let the devil drive, Don't let the devil drive. If you let him drive, He'll throw you outside, Don't let the devil drive." (Thanks to Bart Bull, 2005 for pointing out this reference)



(4) Barrel-house, barrelhouse n.: A brothel; orig. a combination cheap saloon, brothel, and rooming house (Source: Dictionary Of American Slang, Wentworth/ Flexner)



(5) Mount Baldy: A snow capped peak over Pomona Valley on the eastern edge of L.A. County in California (Submitted by Cheryl Dillis. Tom Waits eGroups discussionlist. September, 2000)



(6) Do a 100 on the grapevine: "The "Grapevine" is the nickname of a stretch of Interstate 5 north of Los Angeles, as it descends from the Tehachapi Mountains into the Central Valley, crossing the Tejon Pass. It's got a pretty steep grade and lots of curves, and the idea of going 100 mph on it is daunting. Waits in fact might be referring to the old Ridge Route, which traversed the Tejon Pass before the Interstate was built and likely was less robust a road" (Source: Jim O'Grady, March 2009).



(7) Reno: also mentioned in: Better off without a wife, 1975: "Never been no Valentino, had a girl who lived in Reno.", Wrong side of the road, 1978: "And we'll drive all the way to Reno on the wrong side of the road."



(8) Put a Highball in the crankcase n.: A term used to refer to a rich mixture of gasoline or fuel. Derived from the high alcohol content of the mixed drink or cocktail made from whiskey and ginger ale. (Source: Tom Waits Digest, Seth Nielssen)



(9) Jockey

- n.: A driver. A cab, bus or truck driver (Source: Dictionary Of American Slang, Wentworth/ Flexner)

- [mid-19C-1940s] an accomplice or assistant usu. of a driver of a cab or utility vehicle (Source: "Cassell's Dictionary Of Slang". Jonathon Green. Cassel & Co., 1998. ISBN: 0-304-35167-9)



(10) 750 Norton: Classic British 750cc motorcycle (Paul Dunstall). Norton Dominator is the fastest machine generally available anywhere in the world today (Source: Cafe-racer.com, Tim Green/ Jim White)





(11) Jacked upadj. [1930s+] (US drugs) 1. under the influence of a drug, either narcotic or pharmaceutical, or of alcohol. 2. excited, exhilarated (Source: "Cassell's Dictionary Of Slang". Jonathon Green. Cassel & Co., 1998. ISBN: 0-304-35167-9)



(12) Hang On St. Christopher remix

Bill Forman (1987): "Like all of Waits' recording sessions, the remixing was off limits to family members, animals and the press, but Waits seems satisfied with the result, especially the train sound he added. Can't wait to see those dance floor stampedes when the track's muttered vocal, lurching beat, trash can cymbals, Hammond pedal bassline, repetitive horns and twisted modal guitar wanderings segue from the dying beats of Stacey Q." (Source: "Better Waits Than Ever" Music & Sound Output (Canada/ USA), by Bill Forman. Vol. 7, No. 11. October, 1987)




 




I'll Be Gone

 



Tonight I'll shave the mountain

I'll cut the hearts from pharaohs

I pull the road off of the rise

Tear the memories from my eyes

And in the morning I'll be gone



I drink a thousand shipwrecks

Tonight I'll steal your paychecks

I paint the sheets across my bed

The birds will all fly from my head

And in the morning I'll be gone



Take every dream that's breathing

Find every boot that's leaving

Shoot all the lights in the cafe

And in the morning I'll be gone



I bet a thousand dollars

I have a French companion

I tie myself below the deck

I pull the rope around my neck

And in the morning I'll be gone



It takes a life to win her

There is a drum of bourbon

Eight hundred pounds of nitro

His boots are thunder as he plays



There is a stone inside it

Tonight his bones will ride it

I'll need a tent to hide it

and in the morning I'll be gone

and in the morning I'll be gone

and in the morning I'll be gone

and in the morning I'll be gone

and in the morning I'll be gone

and in the morning I'll be gone



Written by: Tom Waits and Kathleen Waits-Brennan

Published by: Jalma Music (ASCAP), � 1986-1987

Official release: Frank's Wild Years, Island Records Inc., 1987

Further reading: Frank's Wild Years the play



Known covers:

Spiewomalowanie. Mariusz Lubomski. 1994. Self-released. In Polish "Nie bedzie mnie"

Songs Of Tom Waits. Dolphin Blue. 1995. Self-released demo (Germany)

Sad Eyes. Vera Coomans & Philip Hoessen. 1996. Dureco (The Netherlands)

Lubomski W Trojce. Mariusz Lubomski. July 18, 2000. EMI Records

Kazik Staszewski "Piosenki Toma Waitsa". Kazik Staszewski. March, 2003. VIP Production / Luna Music: LUNCD 093-2 (in Polish)

Tales of Misbehaviour. Katya Gorrie. September, 2006. Self-released (Canada), re-released in 2007

Dolphin Blue Live. Dolphin Blue. December, 2007. Rising Sun Productions (German CDR)



Notes:



(1) Tom Waits (1987): "Kind of a Tarus Bulba number. Almost like a tarantella. A Russian dance. The guy is speaking further of his departure --- "in the morning, I'll be gone." The images . . . nitroglycerin, the pounding of hooves, wom en in the tent. Tomorrow we ride. It's an adventure number. Halloween music . . . from Torrance. Ritual music. Part of a pagan ritual we still observe in the Los Angeles area." (Source: "From the set of Ironweed, Tom Waits talks with Rip Rense". New York Post: Rip Rense. Early 1987)




 




I'll Take New York

 



I'll tip the newsboy, I'll get a shine

I'll ride that dream to the end of the line

I'm gonna be goin' places, I'll get a ride

Take me to the Riverside



I'm gonna take you, New York, I'll make it happen

I'm on the caboose, I'm drinkin' Manhattan(2)

I'll take a splash on the big town

That's how I will arrive

Have you got two tens for a five?



You gotta roll out the carpet, strike up the band

Break out the best champagne when I land

You gotta beat the parade drum, hit all the bars

I want the moon and stars



I'm gonna take you, New York, I'll make it happen

I'm on the caboose, I'm drinkin' Manhattans

And I know someday they're going to name a street after me

Right next door to old Franklin D.(3)



I'm gonna take you, big town

Come on, New York

Come on, move over big town

I'll take New York

Come on, big town

Come on, get happy

New York

Come on



Written by: Tom Waits

Published by: Jalma Music (ASCAP), � 1986-1987

Official release: Frank's Wild Years, Island Records Inc., 1987

Arrangement and lyrics published in "Tom Waits - Beautiful Maladies" (Amsco Publications, 1997)

Further reading: Frank's Wild Years the play

Also included in Big Time the movie (1988). Further reading: Big Time full story



Known covers:

None



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Listen to audio excerpt of I'll Take New York as performed in the theatre play Frank's Wild Years.

The Briar Street Theatre (Steppenwolf Theatre Company). Chicago/ USA. June 17, 1986.

Ripped from low resolution audience tape.



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Waits performing "I'll Take New York" taken from the Big Time concert video.

Recorded live at the Warfield Theatre. San Francisco/ USA November 5, 1987.

PolyGram Video (Island Visual Arts)/ Fries Home Video (Fries Entertainment Inc.), 1988.

With: Michael Blair, Ralph Carney, Greg Cohen, Marc Ribot and Willy Schwarz.

Stage show concept: Kathleen Brennan & Tom Waits. Directed by Chris Blum.



Notes:



(1) I'll Take New York

- Rip Rense 
(1987): I heard you were worried this one might scare people. TW: "Yeah. Frightened me a little bit, especially toward the end when the ground starts to move a little bit. We just rifted on that in the studio. I described the mood of it, and everyone seemed to understand it an we got it. I think it's the closest thing on the record to a nightmare. Guy standing in Times Square with tuberculosis and no money; his last post card to New York. It's deranged. I wanted it to be Frank's nightmare experience of New York." (Source: "From the set of Ironweed, Tom Waits talks with Rip Rense". New York Post: Rip Rense. Early 1987)

Tom Waits (1987): "...But this record goes into a lot of different musical worlds. "I'll Take New York" was a nightmare Jerry Lewis going down on the Titanic." (Source: "Tom Waits is flying upside down (on purpose)". Musician, Mark Rowland October, 1987)

Tom Waits (1987): "I'm getting to the point where I can take chances, I think. It's hard when you're a producer, and you're writing and performing. It requires, well, you have to shift a lot of gears. You need somebody you can trust standing on the outside to kind of push you into the water... Just in the sound world; creating a particular sound world or environment. Taking it song by song. Like 'I'll Take New York,' it was kind of a uh...Jerry Lewis going down on the Titanic. Little dramas. On this album I tried to take each song individually and create its own world for itself." (Source: "From The Set Of Ironweed" New York Post (USA), by Rip Rense/ Franks Wild Years tourbook, 1987. Edited version reprinted in Franks Wild Years tourbook/ press kit, 1987)

Tom Waits (1988): "Well, it's another song about New York. Those others try to make it bigger or prettier, but in this case I was trying to make it more like something from the Jerry Lewis Telethon - something the song and the singer are cancelling out as it's happening. You're singing "I'll Take New York" and someone's stealing your billfold. It's like the guy singing in the middle of Times Square, with his pants around his knees." (Source: "A Flea In His Ear" City Limits magazine (UK), by Bill Holdship. Date: Traveler's Cafe/ Los Angeles. May 12-19 , 1988)

Tom Waits (1988): "Yeah, that happened in Chicago when we recorded the Frank's Wild Years album. On "I'll Take New York" they approached the whole recording like a Strasberg kind of thing [laughs] I said. "let's go with Jerry Lewis on the deck of the Titanic, going down, trying to sing 'Swanee'" I sang the song right into a Harmon trumpet mute and just explained that I wanted the whole thing to gradually melt in the end." (Source: "Tom's Wild Years" Interview Magazine (USA), by Francis Thumm. October, 1988)



(2) Manhattan

- A cocktail based on Canadian whisky (Canadian whisky, red Vermouth, Angostura).

- Also mentioned in I Never Talk To Strangers: "Bartender, I'd like a Manhattan please."





(3) Franklin D.: Franklin Street, New York City. Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Born: Hyde Park, NY, 1882 - Died: Warm Springs, Georgia, 1945. American politician and distant cousin of Theodore Roosevelt. Was elected 32nd President of the US of A and was re-elected in 1936, 1940 and 1944



Innocent When You Dream

Innocent When You Dream (78)



 



The bats are in the belfry(2)

The dew is on the moor

Where are the arms that held me

And pledged her love before

And pledged her love before



It's such a sad old feeling

The hills are soft and green

It's memories that I'm stealing(3)

But you're innocent when you dream, when you dream

You're innocent when you dream, when you dream

You're innocent when you dream



I made a golden promise

That we would never part

I gave my love a locket

And then I broke her heart

And then I broke her heart



And it's such a sad old feeling

The fields are soft and green

It's memories that I'm stealing

But you're innocent when you dream, when you dream

You're innocent when you dream

Innocent when you dream



Running through the graveyard

We laughed my friends and I

We swore we'd be together

Until the day we died

Until the day we died



And it's such a sad old feeling

The fields are soft and green

It's memories that I'm stealing

But you're innocent when you dream, when you dream

You're innocent when you dream, when you dream



Written by: Tom Waits(1)

Published by: Jalma Music (ASCAP), � 1986-1987-1998

Official release: "Frank's Wild Years", Island Records Inc., 1987 &

"Beautiful Maladies", Island Records Inc., 1998

Arrangement and lyrics published in "Tom Waits - Beautiful Maladies" (Amsco Publications, 1997)

Further reading: Frank's Wild Years the play





 



Innocent When You Dream (Barroom)



 



The bats are in the belfry(2)

The dew is on the moor

Where are the arms that held me

And pledged her love before

And pledged her love before



And it's such a sad old feeling

All the fields are soft and green

And it's memories that I'm stealing(3)

But you're innocent when you dream, when you dream

You're innocent when you dream, when you dream

You're innocent when you dream



I made a golden promise

That we would never part

I gave my love a locket

And then I broke her heart

And then I broke her heart



And it's such a sad old feeling

All of the fields are soft and green

And it's memories that I'm stealing

But you're innocent when you dream, when you dream

You're innocent when you dream, when you dream

You're innocent when you dream



We're running through the graveyard

And we laughed my friends and I

We swore we'd be together

Until the day we died

Until the day we died



And it's such a sad old feeling

All of the fields are soft and green

And it's memories that I'm stealing

But you're innocent when you dream, when you dream

You're innocent when you dream, when you dream

You're innocent when you dream



And it's such a sad old feeling

All of the fields are soft and green

And it's memories that I'm stealing

But you're innocent when you dream, when you dream

You're innocent when you dream, when you dream

You're innocent when you dream



Written by: Tom Waits(1)

Published by: Jalma Music (ASCAP), � 1986-1987

Official release: Frank's Wild Years, Island Records Inc., 1987

Arrangement and lyrics published in "Tom Waits - Beautiful Maladies" (Amsco Publications, 1997)

Further reading: Frank's Wild Years the play

Also included in Big Time the movie (1988). Further reading: Big Time full story



Known covers:

Street Of Dreams. Nancy Harrow. April, 1988. Gazell Records (re-released November, 1995)

The Piano Has Been Drinking. The Piano Has been Drinking. April, 1990. Chlodwig/ BMG Germany (in German/ K�lsch)

This Town. Liberty Horses. 1992. Rough Trade Singles Club (7" single UK)

Shine. Liberty Horses. November 17, 1992. Capitol (CD single)

No Brains No Tumors. 2227. 1995. Strip Core/ Forum (Slovenia)

Innocent When You Dream. Lisa Moscatiello. 1996 (November 30, 2004). Folk Era Records

Café Knax. Susanne Grütz & Hubertus Schmidt. September 7, 1998. iMusician Digital/ Finetunes

Bukowski Waits For Us - Vol. 2. Michael Kiessling. September 25, 2000. Buschfunk (Germany)

Ballad Collection Special Edition. Lana Lane. November, 2000. Think Tank Media

Being Tom Waits. Billy`s Band. 2001. Self-released demo album (Russia)

A Little Yearning. Camille O'Sullivan. 2002/ 2003. cat-o-stripes records (duet with Jack L.)

Kazik Staszewski "Piosenki Toma Waitsa". Kazik Staszewski. March, 2003. VIP Production / Luna Music: LUNCD 093-2 (in Polish)

Crossing Jordan (NBC television series soundtrack). Various artists. April, 2003. DMZ (Columbia Records/ Sony). Performed by Jill Hennessy

Kojak Variety. Elvis Costello. August, 2004. Rhino Records (recorded in 1990)

Live At Schubas. Great Lake Swimmers. 2005. Schubas/ eMusicLive

Love Songs Revisited. Wine. April 2005. Silberblick-Musik (Germany)

Songs. Spiers & Boden. October 17, 2005. Fellside Recordings

Innocent When You Dream. Mark Erelli. December 12, 2006. Signature Sounds

Just Before Sunrise. Nathan Gunn. August 7, 2007. Sony Classical/ BMG

Two, Kathryn Williams & Neill MacColl. March 3, 2008. Caw Records

The EP. The Sants Fe All Stars. January 12, 2008. Frogville Records 

Innocent When You Dream. Brandon Bernstein. February 26, 2010. Jazz Collective Records



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Listen to audio excerpt of Innocent When You Dream as performed in the theatre play Frank's Wild Years.

The Briar Street Theatre (Steppenwolf Theatre Company). Chicago/ USA. June 17, 1986.

Ripped from low resolution audience tape



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Waits performing "Innocent When You Dream" taken from the Big Time concert video.

Not recorded before a live audience.

PolyGram Video (Island Visual Arts)/ Fries Home Video (Fries Entertainment Inc.), 1988.

With: Michael Blair, Ralph Carney, Greg Cohen, Marc Ribot and Willy Schwarz.

Stage show concept: Kathleen Brennan & Tom Waits. Directed by Chris Blum.



Notes:



(1) Innocent When You Dream

- Tom Waits 
(1987): "That's the song that got him [Frank] started; that he went out on the road with, and this is a reprise. The 78 quality is to give it an epilogue feel." (Source: "From the set of Ironweed, Tom Waits talks with Rip Rense" . New York Post: Rip Rense. Early 1987)

Tom Waits (1987): "The '78 version' of that was originally recorded at home on a little cassette player ["the Tascam 244, the one with the clamshell holster"]. I sang into a seven-dollar microphone and saved the tape. Then I transferred that to 24-track and overdubbed Larry Taylor on upright, and then we mastered that. Texture is real important to me; it's like attaining grain or putting it a little out of focus. I don't like cleanliness. I like surface noise. It kind of becomes the glue of what you're doing sometimes."(Source: "Better Waits Than Ever" Music & Sound Output (Canada/ USA), by Bill Forman. Vol. 7, No. 11. October, 1987)

Tom Waits (1988): 'Well, it's [Franks Wild Years the play] a story about a guy who went out to be an entertainer, left a small town, went to Vegas, had this song 'Innocent When You Dream'. And a year later, he had taken the same song and turned it into "You're In A Suit Of Your Dreams" to advertise suits in an all-night clothing store. And that is the type of thing that happens."(Source: "A Flea In His Ear" City Limits magazine (UK), by Bill Holdship. Date: Traveler's Cafe/ Los Angeles. May 12-19 , 1988)



(2) Bats in the belfry/ bats on one's belfry, have:The Dictionary Of American Slang has this as "bats ON one's belfry". Other sources claim the original expression to be "bats IN the belfry". 1. Have bats on one's belfry: To be crazy, very eccentric, or odd (Source: Dictionary Of American Slang, Wentworth/ Flexner). 2. Have bats in the belfry, to phr. [late 19C+] to be eccentric, to act crazily [the image is of infestation of the brain] (Source: Cassel's Dictionary of Slang. Jonathon Green 1998. Cassel & Co., 2000)



(3) Rip Rense (1987): I wanted to ask you about one line from "Innocent When You Dream." I think the line goes "It's memories that I'm stealing. What did you mean by that? Tom Waits: "I don't know, really. God, I don't know. . . You caught me. Let's see. ..."Running through the graveyard/ we laughed my friends and I/ we swore we'd be together/until the day we died/ it's such a sad old feeling/ the fields are soft and green/ it's memories that I'm stealing/ but you're innocent when you dream." Hmmm. It's like a kids' song, you know? I'm starting to find that songs find their own logic. And when we listen to them, we don't push them in a logical fashion. We let them go in some other place. They have their own kind of Joseph Cornell collection of images. So sometimes a lyric comes to me, I try to deliberately find things that don't particularly have a meaning at the moment. Then I write 'em down, then I think about 'em. Then I understand 'em." (Source: "From the set of Ironweed, Tom Waits talks with Rip Rense." New York Post: Rip Rense. Early 1987)



More Than Rain

 



It's more than rain that falls on our parade tonight(2)

It's more than thunder

It's more than thunder



And it's more than a bad dream, now that I'm sober

Nothing but sad times

Nothing but sad times



None of our pockets, are lined with gold(3)

Nobody's caught the bouquet

And no dead presidents(4) we can fold

Nothing is going our way



And it's more than trouble, I've got myself into

It's more than woe-begotten gray skies now(5)



And it's more than a bad dream, now that I'm sober

There's no more dancing

There's no more dancing



And it's more than trouble, I've got myself into

Nothing but sad times

Nothing but sad times



None of our pockets, are lined with gold

Nobody's caught the bouquet

And no dead presidents we can fold

Nothing is going our way



And it's more than goodbye, I have to say to you

It's more than woe-begotten gray skies now



And it's more than goodbye, I have to say to you

It's more than woe-begotten gray skies now



And it's more than woe-begotten gray skies now



Written by: Tom Waits

Published by: Jalma Music (ASCAP), � 1986-1987

Official release: Frank's Wild Years, Island Records Inc., 1987

Arrangement and lyrics published in "Tom Waits - Anthology 1983-2000" (Nuova Carisch s.r.l. Milan/ Italy, 2001)

Further reading: Frank's Wild Years the play

Also included in Big Time the movie (1988). Further reading: Big Time full story



Known covers:

Live At New York Town Hall. Elvis Costello & Brodsky Quartet. September, 1993. Warner PRO-CD-6480 (US promo, recorded: March 18, 1983)

Plugging The Gaps, Vol 2. Elvis Costello and the Brodsky Quartet, 1995. Tone Records 2CD003 (same version as on "Live At New York Town Hall", 1993)

Being Tom Waits. Billy`s Band. 2001. Self-released demo (Russia)

Black As A Raven. The Jim-Jams. 2004. Flotainment

The Juliet Letters (Expanded & Remastered). Elvis Costello & Brodsky Quartet. March 21, 2006. Rhino

Dolphin Blue Live. Dolphin Blue. December, 2007. Rising Sun Productions (German CDR)



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Listen to audio excerpt of More Than Rain as performed in the theatre play Frank's Wild Years.

The Briar Street Theatre (Steppenwolf Theatre Company). Chicago/ USA. June 17, 1986.

Ripped from low resolution audience tape



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Waits performing "More Than Rain" taken from the Big Time concert video.

Recorded live at the Warfield Theatre. San Francisco/ USA. November 5, 1987.

PolyGram Video (Island Visual Arts)/ Fries Home Video (Fries Entertainment Inc.), 1988.

With: Michael Blair, Ralph Carney, Greg Cohen, Marc Ribot and Willy Schwarz.

Stage show concept: Kathleen Brennan & Tom Waits. Directed by Chris Blum.



Notes:



(1) More Than Rain:

- Tom Waits (1987): "Oh, yeah, a little Edith Piaf attempt. There's prepared piano on it." RR: How was it prepared? TW: "Lightly sauteed. Francis Thumm plays the strings with a nickel. Almost like you'd play a mandolin. It's in there somewhere." (Source: "From the set of Ironweed, Tom Waits talks with Rip Rense". New York Post: Rip Rense. Early 1987)

Big Time intro (Wiltern Theatre. November 9, 1987): "Uh this is about all the bad days in the world. I used to have some really bad days. And I kept them in a little box. And one day I threw them out into the yard. Oh, it's just a couple of innocent bad days. Well, we had a big rain... I don't know what it was growing in, but I think we used to put egg shells out there and coffeegrounds too. Don't plant your bad days! They grow into weeks, the weeks grow into months, and before you know it you got yourself a bad year. Take it from me: CHOKE those little bad days! CHOKE 'em down to nothing! There are your days, CHOKE 'em! You choke my days, I'll choke yours!... All right... It's more than rain..."

Bill Schimmel (2007): "He plugged me into a Leslie Twin-Cat, which is not an easy thing to do. We worked half a day to get that sound, and he wouldn't stop untill we got it. We had to wire me up. I had wires between my knees. It looked like an execution." (Source: Bill Schimmel interview December 12, 2007 as quoted in “Lowside Of The Road: A Life Of Tom Waits" by Barney Hoskyns. Faber/ Broadway, 2009)



(2) Tom Waits (1983, on the instrumental "Just Another Sucker In The Vine" from Swordfishtrombones) "Actually I originally planned to write a lyric called: "It's more than rain that falls on our parade tonight". But I thought it was more effective as an instrumental and it also sets up "Frank's Wild Years". (Source: A Conversation with Tom Waits (Swordfishtrombones) Island Records music industry white label 12" promo. Date: September, 1983)



(3) Pockets lined with gold: original theatre version has this as: "None of our pockets are filled with gold."



(4) Dead presidents

- n. [20C] (US) a $1 bill [the pictures of US presidents that are printed on the various denominations] (Source: "Cassell's Dictionary Of Slang". Jonathon Green. Cassel & Co., 1998. ISBN: 0-304-35167-9).



(5) Gray skies/ Grey Skies: Notice this phrase being repeated during the play. Yesterday Is Here: "Well today is grey skies, tomorrow is tears. You'll have to wait 'til yesterday is here." Frank's Theme: "And dream away when everyone's gone, dream away your grey skies too."



Please Wake Me Up

 



I put my chips on her shoulder

running in the carnival time

She bought the things that I told her

made her eyes sparkle and shine



Together we'll ring in the new year

I know that she'll be my queen

And if I fall asleep in your arms

please wake me up in my dreams



Her out-fit was all made of vinyl

like nothing that I'd ever seen

When our divorces are final

she'll fit right into my scheme



Together we'll ring in the new year

I know that she'll be my queen

And if I fall asleep in your arms

please wake me up in my dreams



Written by: Tom Waits and Kathleen Waits-Brennan

Published by: Jalma Music (ASCAP), � 1986-1987

Official release: Frank's Wild Years, Island Records Inc., 1987

Further reading: Frank's Wild Years the play



Known covers:

None



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Listen to audio excerpt of Please Wake Me Up as performed in the theatre play Frank's Wild Years.

The Briar Street Theatre (Steppenwolf Theatre Company). Chicago/ USA. June 17, 1986.

Performed by ...?... (as Yvette) and Tom Waits (as Frank O'Brien).

Ripped from low resolution audience tape



Notes:



(1) Tom Waits (1987): "Kathleen started out with the melody on that. It's just a little lullaby of some kind. With mellotron, baritone horn, upright bass." (Source: "From the set of Ironweed, Tom Waits talks with Rip Rense". New York Post: Rip Rense. Early 1987)




 




Straight To The Top (Rhumba)

 



(Frank's Wild Years studio version, 1987)



I'm going straight up to the top, oh yeah

Up where the air is fresh and clean

I'm going straight up to the top, oh yeah

If you know me, you know what I mean

I can't let sorrow pull ol' Frankie down

Live for tomorrow, I have found you

I'm going straight up to the top, oh yeah

Up where the air is fresh and clean



I just know I will never stop, no no

Until I know I'm wild and free

I'm like a champagne bubble, pop pop pop

I'm like those birds high up in the tree

I can't let sorrow pull ol' Frankie down

Live for tomorrow, I have found you

I'm going straight up to the top, oh yeah

Up where the air is fresh and clean, yeah



I can't let sorrow pull ol' Frankie down

Live for tomorrow, I have found you

I'm going straight up to the top, oh yeah

Up where the air is

Up where the air is

Up where the air is

Up where the air is

Up where the air is fresh and clean, yeah



Written by: Tom Waits and Greg Cohen

Published by: Jalma Music (ASCAP), � 1986-1987-1998

Official release: "Frank's Wild Years", Island Records Inc., 1987 &

"Beautiful Maladies", Island Records Inc., 1998

Further reading: Frank's Wild Years the play





 



Straight To The Top (Rhumba)



(Big Time live version, 1988)



Be a man!

I'm going straight up to the top, oh yeah

Where the air is fresh and clean

I'm going up, up to the top, oh yeah

If you know me, you know what I mean

I can't let sorrow pull me on down

Live for tomorrow, oh baby I have found you

I'm going straight up to the top, oh yeah

Where the air is fresh and clean



I know I just can't stop, oh no

Till I know I'm wild and free

I'm like a champagne bubble, pop pop

I'm like those birds high up in the tree

I can't let sorrow pull me on down

Live for tomorrow, yeah, I have found you

I'm going straight up to the top, oh yeah

Where the air is fresh and clean, yeah



I can't let sorrow pull me down

Live for tomorrow, oh baby, oh baby

I'm going straight up to the top, oh yeah

Where the air is, where the air is

Where the air is, where the air is

Where the air is fresh, fresh and clean, yeah

Fresh and clean, fresh and clean

Fresh and clean, fresh and clean

Fresh and clean, fresh and clean, fresh and clean

Get on up, get on up now, get on up, get on up

Get on up, get on up, get on up, get on up, get on up

Get on up, get on up, get on up, get on up, get on up

Get on up, get on up, get on up, get on up, get on up

Get on up, get on up, get on up, get on up



Written by: Tom Waits and Greg Cohen

Published by: Jalma Music, Admin. by Ackee Music, Inc. (ASCAP), � 1986-1988

Official release: "Big Time", � Island Visual Arts Inc. (P) Island Records Inc., 1988

Further reading: Frank's Wild Years the play

Further reading: Big Time full story





 



Straight To The Top (Vegas)



(Frank's Wild Years studio version, 1987)



I'm going straight to the top, whoa

I'm going where the air is fresh and clean

I'm going straight up to the top

If you know me, you know what I mean

I can't let Mister Sorrow try and pull ol' Frankie down

We live for tomorrow, I have found you

Straight to the top

I'm going up where the air is fresh and clean



I know I'm never gonna stop

Until I know, I know I'm wild and free

Hey, I'm going straight up to the top

And if you know me, you know what I mean

I can't let ol' Mister Sorrow try and pull me down

I live for tomorrow, I have found you

I'm going straight to the top, whoa

I'm going up where the air is fresh and clean

Yeah, whoa



I can't let Mister Sorrow pull ol' Frankie down

We live for tomorrow, I have found you

Straight to the top, oh yeah

Up where the air is

Up where the air is

Up where the air is

Up where the air is

Up where the air is fresh and clean, whoa



Whoa, how about that band? Whoa!



Written by: Tom Waits and Greg Cohen

Published by: Jalma Music (ASCAP), � 1986-1987

Official release: Frank's Wild Years, Island Records Inc., 1987

Arrangement and lyrics published in "Tom Waits - Beautiful Maladies" (Amsco Publications, 1997)

Further reading: Frank's Wild Years the play





 



Straight To The Top (Vegas)



(Big Time live version, 1988)



I'm going straight to the top, oh yeah

I'll be going where the air is fresh and clean

Top!

I'm going up, up where the air is fresh and clean



I'm not gonna let Doctor Sorrow operate on me today

I just got to live for tomorrow, someone made me that way

Top!

I'm going up where the air is fresh and clean, yeah



I just can't let sorrow bring me down

So people, let's have a warm round of applause for Johnny Marinara on the tenor

saxophone! Let him know that you love him. Let's hear it for all the

fluorescence tonight! Johnny Perchiutto, Johnny Pellegrino, Johnny Marinara,

Johnny (...?...)



Up where the air is, where the air is fresh, fresh and clean

Whoa, how about that band!

Beautiful!

Thank you!



Written by: Tom Waits and Greg Cohen

Published by: Jalma Music, Admin. by Ackee Music, Inc. (ASCAP), � 1986-1988

Official release: "Big Time"( movie), � Island Visual Arts Inc. (P) Island Records Inc., 1988

Arrangement and lyrics published in "Tom Waits - Beautiful Maladies" (Amsco Publications, 1997)

Further reading: Frank's Wild Years the play

Further reading: Big Time full story



Known covers:

Play It Cool. Lea DeLaria. June 12, 2001.Warner Brothers

A Postcard From... Billy's Band. 2003. Self-released (Russia)



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Listen to audio excerpt of Straight To The Top as performed in the theatre play Frank's Wild Years.

The Briar Street Theatre (Steppenwolf Theatre Company). Chicago/ USA. June 17, 1986.

Ripped from low resolution audience tape



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Waits performing "Straight To The Top" (Vegas) taken from the Big Time concert video.

Recorded live at the Warfield Theatre. San Francisco/ USA November 5, 1987.

PolyGram Video (Island Visual Arts)/ Fries Home Video (Fries Entertainment Inc.), 1988.

With: Michael Blair, Ralph Carney, Greg Cohen, Marc Ribot and Willy Schwarz.

Stage show concept: Kathleen Brennan & Tom Waits. Directed by Chris Blum.



Notes:



(1) Straight To The Top

Tom Waits (1987): "Kind of a floor show --- yeah, that was a little Louis Prima influence there. Louis Prima in Cuba. A little pagan. Not so Vegas --- more pagan. Like a guy who is obviously not going straight to the top, but the fact that he feels as though he is makes you almost believe that he might be; that somebody like that is going to burn a hole in something - but certainly not the business. Probably himself. We used the Optigon on that. RR: I was going to ask what that is. WAITS: It's one of the early organs created for home use. Where you have a program disc that you put inside the organ, and it creates a variety of sound worlds for you to become part of. Like they have the Tahitian/ Polynesian number complete with birds and waterfall. And you can be a 32-piece orchestra --- instant adagio for strings, you know. There's a cabaret setting, a little jazz thing with a kind of Charlie Byrd feel to it."...RR: How did you use it (the Optigon) on "Straight To The Top---Rhumba?" TW: "I believe it was set on the outdoor tropical thing. Rainforest. Don't try this at home yourself. They have these little floppy discs, a little door, and you put one in, close the door and... the magic happens." (Source: "From the set of Ironweed, Tom Waits talks with Rip Rense". New York Post: Rip Rense. Early 1987)

- Live intro from the movie Big Time: "Oh, you're beautiful! No no! I know, I know You hear that all the time, you know [sings] You are beautiful to me Wow, I mean... it's wild, but right now, I don't know I feel closer to you than I do my own family And that's kind of tragic, when you think about it I don't know, I feel I can look right inside those black little hearts of yours And I feel that I know you all individually and as a group I don't know, it's wild, it's never happened before Is it a full moon, I don't know Have a cigar! Know what I'm sayin'? [starts throwing cigars out into the audience] One for the balcony [throws one into the front rows instead] Whoa! I'm sorry, baby! I threw my arm out in spring training I lost everything in the stock market But there's only one place to go... " (Transcribed by Ulf Berggren. Tom Waits eGroups discussionlist, 2000)

Tom Waits (1988): "Well, that's one of those eh... One of those phrases that just keeps you going. It's like "Big Time" y'know? It's like... You gotta have a plan in this world y'know, you gotta have some place you want to go so you know when you've arrived. And eh "Straight To The Top" is eh... just one of those songs." (Source: "Fresh Air Interview" National Public Radio's broadcast of Fresh Air. Hosted by Terry Gross. Produced by WHYY (Philadelpia). September 28, 1988)



Telephone Call From Istanbul

Telephone Call From Istanbul



(Frank's Wild Years studio version, 1987)



All night long on the broken glass

Livin' in a medicine chest

Mediteromanian hotel back

Sprawled across a roll top desk



The monkey rode the blade on an overhead fan

They paint the donkey blue if you pay(2)

I got a telephone call from Istanbul

My baby's comin' home today



Will you sell me one of those if I shave my head?

Get me out of town, is what Fireball said

Never trust a man in a blue trench coat(3)

Never drive a car when you're dead(4)



Saturday's a festival, Friday's a gem

Dye your hair yellow and raise your hem

Follow me to Beulah's(5) on Dry Creek Road

I got to wear the hat that my baby done sewed, whoo!



Will you sell me one of those if I shave my head?

Get me out of town, is what Fireball said

Never trust a man in a blue trench coat

Never drive a car when you're dead



Saturday's a festival, Friday's a gem

Dye your hair yellow and raise your hem

Follow me to Beulah on Dry Creek Road

I got to wear the hat that my baby done sewed



Well, take me down to buy a tux on Red Rose Bear

I got to cut a hole in the day

I got a telephone call from Istanbul

My baby's comin' home today



Sell me one of those if I shave my head

Get me out of town, is what Fireball said

Never trust a man in a blue trench coat

Never drive a car when you're dead



Saturday's a festival, Friday's a gem

Dye your hair yellow and raise your hem

Follow me to Beulah's on Dry Creek Road

I got to wear the hat that my baby done sewed, whoo!



Written by: Tom Waits

Published by: Jalma Music (ASCAP), � 1986-1987

Official release: Frank's Wild Years, Island Records Inc., 1987

Arrangement and lyrics published in "Tom Waits - Beautiful Maladies" (Amsco Publications, 1997)

Further reading: Frank's Wild Years the play





 



Telephone Call From Istanbul



(Big Time live album version, 1988)



I was all night long on the broken glass

Livin' in a medicine chest

Mediteromanian hotel back

Sprawled across a roll top desk



My pet old monkey rode the blade on an overhead fan

They paint the donkey blue if you pay(2)

I got a telephone call from Istanbul

My baby's comin' home today



Will you sell me one of those if I shave my head?

Get me out of town, is what Fireball said

Never trust a man in a blue trench coat(3)

Never drive a car when you're dead(4)



Saturday's a festival

Oh now, Saturday's a gem

Follow me to Beulah's(5) on Dry Creek Road

I got to wear the hat that my baby done sewed, whoo!



Will you sell me one of those if I shave my head?

Get me out of town, is what Fireball said

Never trust a man in a blue trench coat

Never drive a car when you're dead



Saturday's a festival, Friday's a gem

Dye your hair yellow, baby

And follow me to Beulah's

I just got to wear the hat that my baby done, pop!



Will you sell me one of those if I shave my head?

Get me out of town, is what Fireball said

Never trust a man in a blue trench coat

Never drive a car when you're dead



Saturday's a festival, Friday's a gem

Dye your hair yellow, baby

Follow me to Beulah's

I just got to wear the hat that my baby done



Will you sell me one of those if I shave my head?

Get me out of town, is what Fireball said

Never trust a man in a blue trench coat

Never drive a car when you're dead



Saturday's a festival

Now Friday's just a gem, sweetheart!

Follow me to Beulah's on Dry Creek Road

I got to wear the hat that my baby done



Ba-ba-ba-ba-ba....



Written by: Tom Waits

Published by: Jalma Music, Admin. by Ackee Music, Inc. (ASCAP), � 1986-1987-1988

Official release: "Big Time", � Island Visual Arts Inc. (P) Island Records Inc., 1988

Arrangement and lyrics published in "Tom Waits - Beautiful Maladies" (Amsco Publications, 1997)

Further reading: Frank's Wild Years the play





 



Telephone Call From Istanbul



(Big Time live movie version, 1988)



Well, I was all night long on the broken glass

Livin' in a medicine chest

Mediteromanian hotel back

Sprawled across a roll top desk



My pet old monkey rode the blade on an overhead fan

They paint the donkey blue if you pay(2)

I got a telephone call from Istanbul

My baby's comin' home today



Will you sell me one of those if I shave my head?

Get me out of town, is what Fireball said

Never trust a man in a blue trench coat(3)

Never drive a car when you're dead(4)



Saturday's a festival, Friday's a gem

Dye my hair yellow

Oh, Chantilly lace and a pretty face(6)



Will you sell me one of those if I shave my head?

Get me out of town, is what Fireball said

Never trust a man in a blue trench coat

Never drive a car when you're dead



Saturday's a festival, Friday's such a gem

I got to dye my hair yellow, baby

Oh, Chantilly lace and a pretty face

You know what I like!



Will you sell me one of those if I shave my head?

Get me out of town, is what Fireball said

Never trust a man in a blue trench coat

Never drive a car when you're dead



Saturday's a festival, Friday's a gem

Dye my hair yellow and raise my hem

Follow me to Beulah's(4) on Dry Creek Road

I got to wear the hat that my baby done sewed



Will you sell me one of those if I shave my head?

Get me out of town, is what Fireball said

Never trust a man in a blue trench coat

Never drive a car when you're dead



Saturday's a festival, Friday's a gem

Oh, Chantilly lace and a pretty face

And a pony tail hangin' down

You know what I like!



Ba-ba-ba...



Written by: Tom Waits

Published by: Jalma Music, Admin. by Ackee Music, Inc. (ASCAP), � 1986-1987-1988

Official release: "Big Time", � Island Visual Arts Inc. (P) Island Records Inc., 1988

Arrangement and lyrics published in "Tom Waits - Beautiful Maladies" (Amsco Publications, 1997)

Further reading: Frank's Wild Years the play

Further reading: Big Time full story



Known covers:

This All Is The Rock 'n' Roll. Brigada S. 1992. Self-released

Songs Of Tom Waits. Dolphin Blue. 1995. Self-released demo (Germany)

Phondue. Bourbon Street Jazz Band. 1995. Zebralution

Belle Chase Hotel. Fossanova. August 23, 2000. Emi

Your Favorite Band Live. Red Elvises. September 12, 2000. Shoobah-Doobah

Bukowski Waits For Us - Vol. 1. Michael Kiessling. September 25, 2000. Buschfunk (Germany)

The Jive Kings With Measha Br�ggergosman. Jive Kings. October, 2000. Tidemark 02 50879, Canada

The Carnival Saloon Live. The Carnival Saloon. October, 2001. Self-released (Ireland)

Kazik Staszewski "Piosenki Toma Waitsa". Kazik Staszewski. March, 2003. VIP Production / Luna Music: LUNCD 093-2 (in Polish)

Changes. Alicia Wiley. October 11, 2007. Sakhara Records

Dolphin Blue Live. Dolphin Blue. December, 2007. Rising Sun Productions (German CDR)



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Waits performing "Telephone Call From Istanbul" taken from the Big Time concert video.

Recorded live at the Wiltern Theatre. Los Angeles/ USA November 9, 1987 

and the Warfield Theatre. San Francisco/ USA November 5, 1987.

PolyGram Video (Island Visual Arts)/ Fries Home Video (Fries Entertainment Inc.), 1988.

With: Michael Blair, Ralph Carney, Greg Cohen, Marc Ribot and Willy Schwarz.

Stage show concept: Kathleen Brennan & Tom Waits. Directed by Chris Blum.



Notes:



(1) Telephone Call From Istanbul

- Tom Waits 
(1987): "Started as a title, then became just a junkyard for uh . . . one banjo and drums there. Got a little eastern slant on it. I don't know, beyond that. Frank is just started to plummet here; things are starting to fracture a bit." (Source: "From the set of Ironweed, Tom Waits talks with Rip Rense". New York Post: Rip Rense. Early 1987)

-Bill Forman (1987): "Waits' unconventional approach to recording doesn't end with his choice of instruments. "Telephone Call from Istanbul" goes rollicking along with banjo, guitar, bass, drums and the faint ghost of Waits improvising away on that cheesy Farfisa. When the track is nearly over, the Farfisa kicks in full strength, catapulting the listener into some hellish Turkish rollerskating rink. "I usually don't like to isolate the instruments," says Waits, explaining the appearance of the ghost early in the track. "On that song, I pulled out the Farfisa and then just put it in very hot at the end, just so it sounded kind of Cuban or something."(Source: "Better Waits Than Ever" Music & Sound Output (Canada/ USA), by Bill Forman. Vol. 7, No. 11. October, 1987)



(2) Paint the town (blue), paint oneself (blue)

- To go on a wild spree in a town or city; to celebrate wildly (Source: Dictionary Of American Slang, Wentworth/ Flexner).

- Notice the same phrase being used in Depot, Depot, 1974: "And outside the midnight wind is blowing Sixth Avenue, I'm gonna paint myself blue, At the depot."



(3) Never trust a man in a blue trench coat

- Q: Your line "Never trust a man in a blue trench coat," would that be a reference to Leonard Cohen and his "Famous Blue Raincoat?" TW: "No. It's just words, y'know? No deeper meaning there." (Source: "Sonicnet Full Chat Transcript" Sonicnet chat, hosted by Michael Goldberg & Gil Kaufman. Date: April, 1999)



(4) Deadadj. [19C] very drunk. [abbr. dead drunk] (Source: Cassel's Dictionary of Slang. Jonathon Green 1998. Cassel & Co., 2000)



(5) Beula(h) (land): 

Bible (Isa. lxii. 4). The land of Israel in the Old Testament 2a. The land of peace described in John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress (Source: The American Heritage� Dictionary of the English Language, Houghton Mifflin - Third Edition)

- In Pilgrim's Progress it is that land of heavenly joy where the pilgrims tarry till they are summoned to enter the celestial City; the Paradise before the resurrection. (Source: "The First Hypertext Edition of The Dictionary of Phrase and Fable", E. Cobham Brewer. � 1997-99 Bibliomania.com Ltd).

- Also mentioned in "Take Care Of All Of My Children" (I'll be goin' up to Beulah land), "Take It With Me" (We fell asleep on Beaula's porch)



(6) Oh, Chantilly lace and a pretty face: Quoting: Chantilly Lace. Words and music by J. P. Richardson, �1958. Originally performed by the Big Bopper (J. P. Richardson) in 1958. Recorded in 1972 by Jerry Lee Lewis. Chantilly Lace: "Hello, Baby! Yeah, this is the Big Bopper speaking! Oh, you sweet thing! Do I what? Will I what? Oh baby, you know what I like! Chantilly lace and a pretty face, and a ponytail hangin' down A wiggle in her walk and a giggle in her talk Make the world go 'round There ain't nothing in the world like a big-eyed girl To make me act so funny, spend my doggone money I feel real loose, like a long necked goose, like a - Wow baby, that's what I like! Huh? Will I what? Do I what? Will I what? Can't never tell, baby Ha-ha-ha-ha, I might But honey, you know what I like Chantilly lace and a pretty face, and a ponytail a-hangin' down A wiggle in her walk and a giggle in her talk, Lord! They're gonna make the world go 'round There ain't nothing in the world like a big-eyed girl To make me act so funny, spend my doggone money I feel real loose, like a long necked goose, like a - Wow baby, that's what I like! Huh? Ha-ha-ha Huh? What's that? Pick you up at eight? And don't be late? You gotta be jokin', woman I thought you might pick ME up at eight and don't be late It don't make no difference, baby, you know what I really like! Chantilly lace and a pretty face, and a ponytail hangin' down A wiggle in her walk and a giggle in her talk, Lord! They're gonna make the world go 'round There ain't nothing in the world like a big-eyed girl To make me act so funny, spend my doggone money I feel real loose, like a long necked goose, like a - Wow baby, that's what I like! Wooo! Ha-ha-ha Honey, you're tearin' me up on this telephone I swear I don't know what I'm gonna do with you You yap and yap and yap and yap and yap But when you break it all down, you know what I like Chantilly lace and a pretty face, and a ponytail hangin' down A wiggle in her walk and a giggle in her talk They're gonna make the world go 'round."



Temptation

 



Rusted brandy in a diamond glass

Everything is made from dreams

Time made from honey, slow and sweet

Only the fools know what it means



Temptation

Temptation

Temptation

I can't resist



I just know that she's made of smoke

But I've lost my way, yeah

She knows that I am broke

But I must play, yeah



Temptation

Temptation, yeah

Temptation

I can't resist



Temptation

Temptation

Temptation

I just can't resist



Dutch pink(2) and Italian blue

She is there waitin' for you

My will has disappeared

My confusion is oh so clear



Temptation

Temptation

Temptation

I can't resist



Temptation

Temptation

Temptation

I can't resist



Rusted brandy in a diamond glass

Everything is made from dreams

Time made from honey, slow and sweet

Only the fools know what it means



Temptation

Temptation

Temptation

Temptation

Temptation

Temptation



Written by: Tom Waits

Published by: Jalma Music, Inc. (ASCAP), � 1986-1987-1998

Official release: "Frank's Wild Years", Island Records Inc., 1987 &

"Beautiful Maladies", Island Records Inc., 1998

Arrangement and lyrics published in "Tom Waits - Beautiful Maladies" (Amsco Publications, 1997)

Further reading: Frank's Wild Years the play



Known covers:

The Bobs Sing The Songs Of... The Bobs, 1991. Rhino Records

Nachtgedanken. The Piano Has Been Drinking (Gerd K�ster). May 6, 1991. Chlodwig (Sony BMG). In German/ K�lsch ("Ich Will Dich", by Marion Radke)

Sto Megaro Mouskis. Elli Paspala. September 1, 1993. Sony Music - BMG (Greece)

Temptation. Holly Cole, 1995. Blue Note Records/ Capital (Japan/ USA)

Into Temptation - Astrid Seriese sings Waits, Weill & more. Astrid Seriese. October, 1996 (September, 2003). Brigadoon

Bukowski Waits For Us - Vol. 2. Michael Kiessling. September 25, 2000. Buschfunk (Germany)

Being Tom Waits. Billy`s Band. 2001. Self-released demo album (Russia)

Such A Taste. Bigfoot In Paris. 2002. Self-released

A Postcard From... Billy's Band. 2003. Self-released (Russia)

Pornoshow - Laura Fedele Interpreta Tom Waits. Laura Fedele. May, 2003.Auditorium, AUD 00902 (in Italian)

Careless Love. 2 Blue Shoes. 2004. Self-released (re-release in 2006).

Temptation/ I'll Never Be the Same. Diana Krall. March 16, 2004. Universal (CD single)

The Girl In The Other Room. Diana Krall. April 27, 2004. Verve Records

Quarter 'Til Three. Kimberly Carper. April 20, 2006. Self-released

Jazz Vocalists: Hear and Now. Various Artists. April 25, 2006. Concord Records (performed by Diana Krall)

2 Blues Shoes On 2er. 2 Blues Shoes. 2006. Self-released

Blues Travelling. Magda Piskorczyk. October 2005. Self-released (Poland)

Clara. Clara Bakker. July 10, 2006. Claraphon (Netherlands)

Now Or Never. Dave Holt Band. August 17, 2006. Lucky Lobster (USA)

Casserole. Nathan. September 27, 2006. Nettwerk (EP)

Charmed Life. Julie Mason and the Jazz Divas. December 2007 Vox (New Zealand)

Grapefruit Moon: Songs of Tom Waits. Southside Johnny & La Bamba's Bigband. September 19, 2008. Evangeline (Soulfood Music) 

The Shape Of You. Nina Vox. January 6, 2009. Scarab Music (Australia)

NCIS - The Official TV Soundtrack. Various artists. February 10, 2009. CBS Records (performed by Cote de Pablo) 

Picnic Glamour. Las Damas Y La Orquesta Invisible. May 24, 2009. Producciones Malditas (Spain)

Distance. Ina Hagenau. August 21, 2009. Self-released (Germany) 

Le Souffle De Ma Vie. Andrea Rehm Quartett. October 24, 2009. Self-released

Blue Moon On The Bayou. Randy Heddon & Fat Tuesday. February 16, 2010. Self-released



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Listen to audio excerpt of Temptation as performed in the theatre play Frank's Wild Years.

The Briar Street Theatre (Steppenwolf Theatre Company). Chicago/ USA. June 17, 1986.

Performed by Tom Irwin (as Tony Profit).

Ripped from low resolution audience tape



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Music video promoting: "Temptation" (Island, 1987)

Directed by Betzy Bromberg. Date: August 19, 1987

Video blocked in Germany by Universal Music Group (UMG).



Notes:



(1) Tom Waits (1987): "That one started out real tame. I added a bunch of stuff to it, and it started to swing a little bit. Now it sounds practically danceable to me. The whole thing was sung in falsetto. RR: The falsetto gives it a nasty edge --- TW: Gazzari's on the Strip. RR: Did you have something in mind for the vocal setting, or did you change it as you went along? TW: I wasn't sure. The song was there; it obviously needed an injection of some kind, so I tried to sing it in a new way. If you have enough time to live with a song, you can find it." (Source: "From the set of Ironweed, Tom Waits talks with Rip Rense". New York Post: Rip Rense. Early 1987)



(2) Dutch Pink

- n. [19C] blood [Dutch Pink, a yellow pigment] (Source: Cassel's Dictionary of Slang. Jonathon Green 1998. Cassel & Co., 2000).

- Notice the same phrase being mentioned in Jockey Full Of Bourbon, 1985: "Edna Million in a drop dead suit. Dutch pink on a downtown train."



Train Song

 



(Frank's Wild Years studio version, 1987)



Well, I broke down in East St. Louis(2), on the Kansas City line

Drunk up all of my money, that I borrowed every time

And I fell down at the Derby, the night's as black as a crow

It was a train that took me away from here, but a train can't bring me home



What made my dreams so hollow, was standin' at the depot

With a steeple full of swallows, that could never ring a bell(3)

And I've come ten thousand miles away, with not one thing to show

It was a train that took me away from here, but a train can't bring me home



Well, I remember when I left, without botherin' to pack

Don't you know I up and left, with just the clothes I had on my back

Now I'm so sorry for what I've done, and I'm out here on my own

It was a train that took me away from here, but a train can't bring me home

It was a train that took me away from here, but a train can't bring me home



Written by: Tom Waits

Published by: Jalma Music (ASCAP), � 1986-1987

Official release: Frank's Wild Years, Island Records Inc., 1987

Arrangement and lyrics published in "Tom Waits - Beautiful Maladies" (Amsco Publications, 1997)

Further reading: Frank's Wild Years the play





 



Train Song



(Big Time live version, 1988)



Well, I broke down in East St. Louis(2), on the Kansas City line

And I drunk up all of my money, that I borrowed every time

And I fell down at the Derby, now the night's as black as a crow

Must've been a train that took me away from here

But a train can't bring me home



What made my dreams so hollow, I was standin' at the depot

With a steeple full of swallows, that could never ring a bell(3)

Oh, I've come ten thousand miles away, and I ain't got one thing to show

Must've been a train took me away from here

But a train can't bring me home



Well, I remember when I left, without botherin' to pack

You know I up and left, with nothin' but the clothes I had on my back

Now I'm so sorry for what I've done, and I'm out here on my own

Must've been a train that took me away from here

But a train can't bring me home

It must've been a train that took me away from here

But a train can't bring me, can't bring me home



Written by: Tom Waits

Published by: Jalma Music, Admin. by Ackee Music, Inc. (ASCAP), � 1986-1987-1988

Official release: "Big Time", � Island Visual Arts Inc. (P) Island Records Inc., 1988

Arrangement and lyrics published in "Tom Waits - Beautiful Maladies" (Amsco Publications, 1997)

Further reading: Frank's Wild Years the play

Further reading: Big Time full story



Known covers:

Temptation. Holly Cole, 1995. Blue Note Records/ Capital (Japan/ USA)

Eyes And Ears. Bim Skala Bim. January, 1995. Bib Records

It Happened One Night. Holly Cole. June, 1995. Blue Note Records (Japan: 1995, USA/ EMD: 1996)

Nomad. Polarity Percussion Ensemble with John Kenny & David Moss. 1997. Self-released

Promised Land. The Holmes Brothers. January, 1997. Rounder Records

Collection. Holly Cole Trio. September, 1998. EMI (Australia)

Righteous: The Essential Collection. Holmes Brothers. July 16, 2002. Rounder/ Pgd (same version as on "Promised Land", 1997)

Bukowski Waits For Us - Vol. 1. Michael Kiessling. September 25, 2000. Buschfunk (Germany)

The Best Of Holly Cole. Holly Cole. November, 2000. Blue Note Records

The Carnival Saloon Live. The Carnival Saloon. October, 2001. Self-released (Ireland)

Train Songs. Spring String Quartet. 2002. CCn'C Records



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Listen to audio excerpt of Train Song as performed in the theatre play Frank's Wild Years.

The Briar Street Theatre (Steppenwolf Theatre Company). Chicago/ USA. June 17, 1986.

Ripped from low resolution audience tape



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Waits performing "Train Song" taken from the Big Time concert video.

Recorded live at the Wiltern Theatre. Los Angeles/ USA. November 9, 1987.

PolyGram Video (Island Visual Arts)/ Fries Home Video (Fries Entertainment Inc.), 1988.

With: Michael Blair, Ralph Carney, Greg Cohen, Marc Ribot and Willy Schwarz.

Stage show concept: Kathleen Brennan & Tom Waits. Directed by Chris Blum. 

Video blocked in Germany by Universal Music Group (UMG).



Notes:



(1) Train Song:

- Tom Waits (1987): "Kind of a gospel number. Frank is on the bench, really on his knees and can't go any further. At the end of his rope on a park bench with an advertisement that says "Palladin Funeral Home." (Source: "From the set of Ironweed, Tom Waits talks with Rip Rense". New York Post: Rip Rense. Early 1987)

Tom Waits (1987): "Well, that's where it starts. When you're young you think everything is possible and that you're in the sun and all that. I always liked that Bob Dylan song, "I was young when I left home and I rambled around and I never wrote a letter to my home, to my home. Never wrote a letter to my home." You don't always know where you're going till you get there. That's the thing about train travel, at least when you say goodbye they get gradually smaller. Airplanes, people go through a door and they're gone. Very strange. They say now that jet lag is really your spirit catching up to your body." (Source: "Tom Waits is flying upside down (on purpose)". Musician (a Billboard publication) Mark Rowland October, 1987)

Live intro as heard on Big Time: This is really the intro to 'Johnsburg, Illinois' but it's been edited in as an intro to 'Train Song' instead. You can hear the edit at 1.20]: "All right. Actually I get asked... Well... look, I think the question I get asked the most is... I mean, it happens a lot. Enough that I would remark on it. A lot of people come up to me and they say, 'Tom, is it possible for a woman to get pregnant without intercourse?' And my answer is always the same. I say, 'Well, listen. We're gonna have to go all the way back to the Civil War.' Apparently, a stray bullet actually pierced the testicle of a Union soldier, and then lodged itself in the ovaries of an eighteen year old girl, who was All right. Actually I get asked... Well... look, I think the question I get asked the most is... I mean, it happens a lot. Enough that I would remark on it. A lot of people come up to me and they say, 'Tom, is it possible for a woman to get pregnant without intercourse?' And my answer is always the same. I say, 'Well, listen. We're gonna have to go all the way back to the Civil War.' Apparently, a stray bullet actually pierced the testicle of a Union soldier, and then lodged itself in the ovaries of an eighteen year old girl, who was actually a hundred feet from him at the time. Well, the baby was fine. She was very happy, guilt free and... Of course, the soldier was a little pissed off. When you think about it, it's actually a FORM of intercourse, but... not for everyone. Those who love action maybe." actually a hundred feet from him at the time. Well, the baby was fine. She was very happy, guilt free and... Of course, the soldier was a little pissed off. When you think about it, it's actually a FORM of intercourse, but... not for everyone. Those who love action maybe." (Transcribed by Ulf Berggren. Tom Waits eGroups discussionlist, 2000)



(2) St. Louis

- Also mentioned in: I Beg Your Pardon, 1982: "Please don't go back to St. Louis, can't you tell that I'm sincere.", Time, 1985: "And you're East of East Saint Louis and the wind is making speeches.", Hold On, 1999: "Well, God bless your crooked heart, St. Louis got the best of me."

Jonathan Valania (1999): Getting back to the names of places, St. Louis seems to pop up a lot, in "Hold on" from the new record and "Time" from Rain Dogs and you've mentioned it a lot in interviews. Ever live there? TW: "No, never lived there. It's a good name to stick in a song. Every song needs to be anatomically correct: You need weather, you need the name of the town, something to eat - every song needs certain ingredients to be balanced. You're writing a song and you need a town, and you look out the window and you see "St. Louis Cardinals" on some kid's T-shirt. And you say, "Oh, we'll use that." (Source: "The Man Who Howled Wolf ". Magnet: Jonathan Valania. June/ July, 1999)



(3) Ring the bell: To succeed; to meet with approval or make a hit with someone (Source: Dictionary Of American Slang, Wentworth/ Flexner)



Way Down In The Hole

 



(Frank's Wild Years studio version, 1987)



When you walk through the garden, you gotta watch your back

Well, I beg your pardon, walk the straight and narrow track

If you walk with Jesus, he's gonna save your soul

You gotta keep the Devil way down in the hole



He's got the fire and the fury at his command

Well, you don't have to worry if you hold on to Jesus' hand

We'll all be safe from Satan when the thunder rolls

We just got to keep the Devil way down in the hole



All the angels sing about Jesus' mighty sword

And they'll shield you with their wings, and keep you close to the Lord

Don't pay heed to temptation, for his hands are so cold

You gotta help me keep the Devil way down in the hole



Down in the hole

Down in the hole

Down in the hole

Down in the hole

Down in the hole

Down in the hole

You gotta help me keep the Devil down in the hole



Written by: Tom Waits

Published by: Jalma Music (ASCAP), � 1986-1987-1998

Official release: "Frank's Wild Years", Island Records Inc., 1987 &

"Beautiful Maladies", Island Records Inc., 1998

Arrangement and lyrics published in "Tom Waits - Beautiful Maladies" (Amsco Publications, 1997)

Further reading: Frank's Wild Years the play





 



Way Down In The Hole



(Big Time live version, 1988)



Well, I feel as though we should move right into the religious material



When you walk through the garden, you gotta watch your back

Well, I beg your pardon, walk the straight and narrow track

When you walk with Jesus, he's gonna save your soul

You got to keep the Devil, well you gotta keep him down in the hole



He's got the fire, people he's got the fury at his command

Oh, you don't have to worry, hold on to, hold on to Jesus' hand

We'll all be safe from Satan, when the thunder, when the thunder starts to

roll

We got to keep the Devil, keep him on down, down in the hole



That red horned lousy low-life underneath our boots

Praise the Lord!

I don't know what it is, two dollar?

That demon meister, three dollar?

That Prince Devil

Just see if you can come up with a figure that matches your faith

You say how much has Jesus done for you

And we got to go in with our hydraulic system and blast him out!

People, can I get an amen!



All the angels, they start to sing all about Jesus' mighty sword

And they'll shield you with their wings, people they'll keep you close to

the Lord

Now don't pay heed to temptation, for his hands are so cold

You gotta keep the Devil, keep him on down in the hole



Down in the hole

Down in the hole

Down in the hole



Well people, I got to speak about something

Can I get an amen!

Can I get a Hallelujah!

Praise the Lord!

Have mercy

The Lord is a very, very busy man

I do what I can

But Jesus is always going for the big picture

But he's always there to help us out of the little jams too(2)



Down in the hole

Down in the hole

Down in the hole

Keep him down in the hole

We got to keep the Devil down in the hole

We got to keep the Devil, keep him on down in the hole



Down

Down, down, down, mighty Devil

I send you down below my boots

Down, down

Filling my life with anger and strife

Go down, mighty Devil

Find a place to live

Down, down, down



Written by: Tom Waits

Published by: Jalma Music, Admin. by Ackee Music, Inc. (ASCAP), � 1986-1987-1988

Official release: "Big Time", � Island Visual Arts Inc. (P) Island Records Inc., 1988

Arrangement and lyrics published in "Tom Waits - Beautiful Maladies" (Amsco Publications, 1997)

Further reading: Frank's Wild Years the play

Further reading: Big Time full story



Known covers:

Howlin' Mercy. John Campbell. 1993. Elektra

Heavy Metal Horns. Heavy Metal Horns. 1994. Self-released

Risque. Térez Montcalm. 1994. BMG Music Canada Ltd

Songs Of Tom Waits. Dolphin Blue. 1995. Self-released demo (Germany)

Gamblin' Days Are Over. Compulsive Gamblers. August, 1995. Sympathy for the Record Industry, SFTRI 372

R�d Pust - Sven Henriksen synger Tom Waits, Sven Henriksen. 1996. Sonet (in Norwegian: "En strevsom mann")

Into Temptation - Astrid Seriese sings Waits, Weill & more. Astrid Seriese. October, 1996 (September, 2003). Brigadoon

Bukowski Waits For Us - Vol. 1. Michael Kiessling. September 25, 2000. Buschfunk (Germany)

Being Tom Waits. Billy`s Band. 2001. Self-released demo album (Russia)

Spirit Of The Century. Blind Boys Of Alabama. April 24, 2001. EMD/ Real World Records

Hooray For The Moon. Jon Dee Graham. January, 2002. New West Records

Ain't Your Train. The Tremors Bluesband. 2003. Self-released (live)

Kazik Staszewski "Piosenki Toma Waitsa". Kazik Staszewski. March, 2003. VIP Production / Luna Music: LUNCD 093-2 (in Polish)

Pornoshow - Laura Fedele Interpreta Tom Waits. Laura Fedele. May, 2003.Auditorium, AUD 00902 (in Italian)

Live & Deadly: Memphis-Chicago. The Compulsive Gamblers. April 15, 2003. Sympathy for the Record Industry

Chateau Haag - Good News. Lisa Haag. November, 2004. Self-released (Austria)

Roll The Dice. Big Town Playboys. November 8, 2004. Mi5 Recordings (UK)

Levi. Phil Cunneff. 2005. Fells Point Jazz

Bump. BlueTouch. September 2005. Self-released

Enter The Mule. Blue Mule. October 22, 2005. Flat Five Press and Recording

Don't Act Right. Boss Diablo. May 19, 2006. Moondog Records

South Of Hell, France. Rev. Tom Frost. July 21, 2006. Closed For Private Party Records

The Look South. Sam Rosen. October 4, 2006. Class Act Records

Washington Square Serenade. Steve Earle. September 25, 2007. New West Records

The Wire: And All the Pieces Matter (soundtrack). Various artists. January 8, 2008. Nonesuch (three versions performed by: Blind Boys of Alabama, Neville Brothers and DoMaJe)

Live At Seaside Tavern. The Blues Busters. October 30, 2008. Self-released

No Provision. Spirit & Blues. January 16, 2009. Gracetone

American Landscape. The Nighthawks. February 3, 2009. Powerhouse Records 

Candy Store. Kristine Jackson. February 20, 2010. Self-released

Looking Glass. Zoe Gilby. September 7, 2010. JazzAction



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Waits performing "Way Down In The Hole" taken from the Big Time concert video.

Edited version from Warfield Theatre, San Francisco/ USA. November 5, 1987.

PolyGram Video (Island Visual Arts)/ Fries Home Video (Fries Entertainment Inc.), 1988.

With: Michael Blair, Ralph Carney, Greg Cohen, Marc Ribot and Willy Schwarz.

Stage show concept: Kathleen Brennan & Tom Waits. Directed by Chris Blum.



Notes:



(1) Tom Waits (1987): "That's Ralph Carney on three horns simultaneously. We wrote that one real fast; it was practically written in the studio. Checkerboard Lounge gospel. Here, Frank has thrown in with a berserk evangelist. RR: That's redundant. WAITS: And for free, he pretends to be blind. One of those tent show things."(Source: "From the set of Ironweed, Tom Waits talks with Rip Rense" . New York Post: Rip Rense. Early 1987)



(2) But he's always there to help us out of the little jams too: This is the clou of a story that's been deleted from the original version (Warfield Theatre. November 5, 1987).

- Original story: "Well people, I got to speak about something! Can I get an amen! Can I get a halleluiah! Praise the lord! Have mercy... People, when I was on my way to this speech tonight, we pulled down in Dallas/ Texas. The lord loooves Dallas/ Texas. Well people, I mean to tell you the lord was working his wonders with his paint brush. All the many hues of his pallet. The almond, the many violets and the vermilion. And I was seated in Clipper Class. People I love Clipper Class! But I was seated next to and elderly Indian gentleman who was having some trouble with the tiny foil top that locks in the freshness on his strawberry preserves container. A problem we've all experienced from time to time... People I want you to know that he busted that top, till I thought he would die. And you know what I did!? You know what I did!? Well I tell you what I did! People I snatched the container from his hand, I tore open the foil top and I spread his preserves out on his toast for him! (applause)."



Yesterday Is Here

 



(Frank's Wild Years studio version, 1987)



If you want money in your pocket and a top hat on your head

a hot meal on your table and a blanket on your bed

Well, today is grey skies(2) tomorrow is tears

You'll have to wait 'til yesterday is here



I'm going to New York City

and I'm leaving on a train

and if you want to stay behind and wait 'til I come back again

Well, today is grey skies tomorrow is tears

You'll have to wait 'til yesterday is here



If you want to go where the rainbows end

you'll have to say goodbye

All our dreams come true baby up ahead

and it's out where your memories lie



Well, the road is out before me and the moon is shining bright

What I want you to remember as I disappear tonight

Well, today is grey skies tomorrow is tears

You'll have to wait 'til yesterday is here



Well, today is grey skies tomorrow's tears

You'll have to wait 'til yesterday is here

You'll have to wait 'til yesterday is here

You'll have to wait 'til yesterday is here



Written by: Tom Waits and Kathleen Waits-Brennan

Published by: Jalma Music (ASCAP), � 1986-1987

Official release: Frank's Wild Years, Island Records Inc., 1987

Arrangement and lyrics published in "Tom Waits - Beautiful Maladies" (Amsco Publications, 1997)

Further reading: Frank's Wild Years the play





 



Yesterday Is Here



(Big Time live version, 1988)



Thank you ma'm!

If you want money in your pocket, you want a top hat on your head

a hot meal on your table and a blanket on your bed

Well, today is grey skies tomorrow is tears

You'll have to wait 'til yesterday is here



I'm a going to New York City

I'll be leaving on a train

and if you wanna stay behind 'til I come back again

Well, today is grey skies tomorrow is tears

You'll have to wait 'til yesterday is here



Now, if you want to go where the rainbows end

you will have to say goodbye

All our dreams come true baby up ahead

and it's out where your memories lie



And the road is out before me and the moon is shining bright

What I want you to remember as I disappear tonight

That today is grey skies tomorrow is tears

You'll have to wait 'til yesterday is here



And today is grey skies tomorrow's tears

You'll have to wait 'til yesterday is here

You will have to wait 'til yesterday is here

You will have to wait 'til yesterday is here

You will have to wait 'til yesterday is here



Written by: Tom Waits and Kathleen Waits-Brennan

Published by: Jalma Music, Admin. by Ackee Music, Inc. (ASCAP), � 1986-1987-1988

Official release: "Big Time", � Island Visual Arts Inc. (P) Island Records Inc., 1988

Arrangement and lyrics published in "Tom Waits - Beautiful Maladies" (Amsco Publications, 1997)

Further reading: Frank's Wild Years the play. Further reading: Big Time full story



Known covers:

Bümpliz Casablanca. Züri West. May 13, 1989. BlackCat/ Switserland (In Swiss: “Bis I Zrügg Bi”)

Cool in July. Bertus Borgers & The Groove. 1992. Universe-Virgin (CDSP 95729)

Good News. Bertus Borgers & The Groove. 1992. Universe-Virgin (CD-single 165 558)

Wintertour. Züri West. November 21, 1992 Label: Weltrekords/ Switserland (live version in Swiss: “Bis I Zrügg Bi”)

Jack Candy. The Walkabouts. 1993. CD-single, SubPop Germany, SPCD 81/251

New West Hotel. The Walkabouts. 1993. SubPop Germany, SP 81/252

Pinups. Human Drama. May 18, 1993. Triple X

Eclipse. Astrid Seriese. July, 1993. Bridgadoon

Bury The Bottle With Me. Jever Mountain Boys. 1994. Blue Million Miles

Dear Sir. Cat Power (Chan Marshall). 1995. Plain (re released in 2001)

Sad Eyes. Vera Coomans & Philip Hoessen. 1996. Dureco (The Netherlands)

Into Temptation - Astrid Seriese sings Waits, Weill & more. Astrid Seriese. October, 1996 (September, 2003). Brigadoon

R�d Pust - Sven Henriksen synger Tom Waits, Sven Henriksen. 1996. Sonet (in Norwegian: "Der hvor regnbuen bor")

Dance With The Skeletons In Hell. Serious Solid Swineheard Is Better Than Homecooked. November 12, 1997. Day-Glo - (SPV)

Orange Juice For One. Gabriela Tanner Jazz Quintett. May 25, 2001. Jazz Elite Special

Acoustic. Calla. 2003. Self-released promo CDR (live)

Kazik Staszewski "Piosenki Toma Waitsa". Kazik Staszewski. March, 2003. VIP Production / Luna Music: LUNCD 093-2 (in Polish)

Bloomsburg to Bangladesh. Bloomsburg to Bangladesh. 2004. Blue Buddha Records (performed by Jeremy dePrisco)

The Exotic Sounds of the Alter Boys. The Alter Boys. March 8, 2005. Fractured Trans

Black Money. Cowboys On Dope. April 29, 2006. Extra Records (Germany)

Bark! The Barking Dogs. February 9, 2006. WTPL Music (France)

Comin' Home. Denvis. August 1, 2006. Rosa Records (Netherlands)

Keys to the Castle. Mare Edstrom. September 15, 2006. Spiritone Records

Live At Mississippi Studios. Amanda Richards. October 3, 2006. Self-released

The Shed. The Shed. December 1, 2007. Self-released

Falling Down (single). Scarlett Johansson. April 8, 2008. Rhino Records/ Atco (same version as on Anywhere I Lay My Head, 2008)

Anywhere I Lay My Head. Scarlett Johansson. May 20, 2008. Atco Records (bonus track) 

Grapefruit Moon: Songs of Tom Waits. Southside Johnny & La Bamba's Bigband. September 19, 2008. Evangeline (Soulfood Music)

No Romeo. The Pussybats. August 12, 2008. Black Rain



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Listen to audio excerpt of Yesterday Is Here as performed in the theatre play Frank's Wild Years.

The Briar Street Theatre (Steppenwolf Theatre Company). Chicago/ USA. June 17, 1986.

Ripped from low resolution audience tape



Notes:



(1) Tom Waits (1987): "Kathleen changed the melody on that. It was almost like a Ray Charles number before. All of a sudden we ended up with Morricone. Wanted to get some of that spaghetti-western feel. "Today is grey skies/ tomorrow is tears/ you'll have to wait till yesterday is here. . ." The title was given to me by Fred Gwynne. He had the title, and didn't know what to do with it. He said "it's yours; see what you can make of it." RR: Umm, was he speaking to you through the TV set? TW: No. in a dream. No, on "Cotton Club." We had a lot of time to stand around in our tuxedos. Kicked the title around for a long time. Always liked the title." (Source: "From the set of Ironweed, Tom Waits talks with Rip Rense." New York Post: Rip Rense. Early 1987)

Stephen Fried (1987): "He claims that the title of one of the most haunting tunes on Franks Wild Years, "Yesterday Is Here" - "...today is grey skies/ tomorrow is tears/ you'll have to wait till yesterday is here" - was given to him by Fred Gwynne during a break in Cotton Club's filming." (Source: "The Da Vinci of Downtown". GQ Magazine: Stephen Fried. November, 1987)



(2) Grey Skies: Notice this phrase being repeated in the play. Frank's Theme: "And dream away when everyone's gone, dream away your grey skies too". More Than Rain: "I have to say to you it's more than woe-be-gotten grey skies now."

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