Tom Waits - Swordfishtrombones
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Release date: 30 March 2007
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- Shore Leave
- Dave The Butcher (Instrumental)
- Johnsburg, Illinois
- 16 Shells From A 30.6
- Town With No Cheer
- In The Neighbourhood
- Just Another Sucker On The Vine (Instrumental)
- Frank's Wild Years
- Down, Down, Down
- Soldier's Things
- Gin Soaked Boy
- Trouble's Braids
- Rainbirds (Instrumental)
It's not up there with the best
- Oct 28, 2011
...a cacophonous, fearsome and shadowy delight...
- May 14, 2002
...mugging it up like Oscar from 'Sesame Street'...
- May 14, 2002
Book will feature over 200 pages of images taken by both Corbijn and Waits himself
Vintage duo team up for Johnny Depp's pirate-themed album
Singer will play himself in the episode titled 'Homer Goes To Prep School'
Tom Waits - Swordfishtrombones: Wikipedia Album Entry
Swordfishtrombones is an album by American singer-songwriter Tom Waits, released in September 1983. It was the first album that Waits produced himself and is marked as such by a sense of artistic freedom that would increasingly characterize his later work.
Stylistically different from his previous LPs, Swordfishtrombones moves away from the piano and string orchestra arrangements of the late seventies replacing them instead with unusual instrumentation and a somewhat more abstract songwriting approach.
Swordfishtrombones peaked at #164 on Billboard's Pop Albums and Billboard 200 albums chart.
In 1989, Spin Magazine named Swordfishtrombones the second greatest album of all time.
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Rattle Big Black Bones
in the Danger zone
there's a rumblin' groan
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Well I pulled on trouble's braids
and I hid in the briars
out by the quick mud
stayin' away from the main roads
I got a belly full of you
and that Leavenworth stuff
now I'm gonna get out
And I'm gonna get tough
Davenports and kettle drums
and swallow tail coats
table cloths and patent leather shoes
bathing suits and bowling balls
He went down down down
and the devil called him by name
he went down down down
hangin' onto the back of a train
Well Frank settled down in the Valley
and hung his wild years
on a nail that he drove through
his wife's forehead
Well the eggs chase the bacon
round the fryin' pan
and the whinin' dog pidgeons
by the steeple bell rope
Well it's hotter 'n blazes and all the long faces
there'll be no oasis for a dry local grazier
there'll be no refreshment for a thirsty jackaroo
from Melbourne to Adelaide on the overlander
She's my only true love
she's all that I think of
look here in my wallet
Well with buck shot eyes and a purple heart
I rolled down the national stroll
and with a big fat paycheck
strapped to my hip sack