Waits? Waits? Don’t Tell Me!


D.A. Ridgely

D.A. Ridgely holds degrees in philosophy and law. (He doesn't really hold them, they just hang there on the wall or peek out as initials after his name. (Actually, that isn't true, either. Those are mere symbols giving evidence of his possession of those degrees. (“Possession,” strictly speaking, being a metaphor of sorts.))) (He is overly fond of parenthetical expressions.)

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  1. Avatar Scott says:

    Have you ever heard the song “Christmas Sucks” which is supposedly a duet with Tom Waits and Peter Murphy? I always find the imitation of Waits ‘ voice amusing.Report

  2. Avatar Chris Berez says:

    And as with Dylan, many listeners are put off by Waits’ grating voice.

    It’s an attitude I can understand, I guess. However, Waits’ rough voice adds so much to the beauty of his music that I simply can’t imagine it being otherwise– ingenious lyricism or no.Report

  3. Avatar Rufus F. says:

    Okay, I definitely like Tom Waits’s voice and have put this song on many a Christmas CD. However, I really did like Neko Case’s cover of it quite a bit, if only because it sounds a bit different when a woman is singing about being pregnant and hooking. Either way, it’s a great song.Report

  4. I agree completely, though I think I’d have a problem listening to a whole album of his stuff (I’ve not yet had the opportunity to try). I also agree with DAR that Waits lyrics are fantastic.Report

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