Tom Waits has written a poem in tribute to Keith Richards ahead of the release of the Rolling Stones’ guitarist’s new solo album.
Richards and Waits relationship goes back decades with Richards featuring on Waits’ albums ‘Rain Dogs’ and ‘Bad As Me’ among others. Ahead of the release of Richards’ new album ‘Crosseyed Heart’, Waits has written a poem about his old friend in which he claims Richards was “slapped by the Queen” and “can run faster than a fax machine.”
The poem adds that Richards’ urine is blue and that “he has walked the equivalent of three times around the earth.” The poem is not entirely abstract, however, with Waits ending with an anecdote about his friend’s chivalrous ways and stating that he is “always a gentlemen.”
Richards recently shared a clip for his new solo single ‘Trouble’. ‘Trouble’ is taken from ‘Crosseyed Heart’, Richards’ first solo album in 23 years. The 15-track effort will be released on September 18, and is the belated follow-up to 1992’s ‘Main Offender’.
The record will feature contributions from The Rolling Stones’ saxophonist Bobby Keys, who died in December 2014. A press release states that the record was inspired by reggae, rock, country and the blues.
“I had a ball making this new record and working with [drummer] Steve Jordan and [guitarist] Waddy Wachtel again,” Richards said in a recent statement. “There’s nothing like walking into a studio and having absolutely no idea what you’re going to come out with on the other end.”
See the poem below (via Rolling Stone)
Tom Waits poem for Keith Richards