Tom Waits celebrates Keith Richards’ birthday by writing a poem about him

"He once won the Hope Diamond in a poker game, and in the same night lost it in a game of craps"

Tom Waits has written a new poem about The Rolling Stones’ guitarist Keith Richards for his birthday.

In his poem, Waits lists off the qualities he admires in the Stones guitarist: “He wrote his share of the songs from Sticky Fingers/ In a henhouse in Malta / He once won the Hope Diamond in a poker game/ And in the same night lost it in a game of craps / He owns a lug wrench and a tire jack made of solid gold.

Richards appeared on several of Waits’ albums including ‘Rain Dogs’ and ‘Bad As Me’. They also teamed up to record a track for Johnny Depp’s pirate chanteys album.

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Read the full poem featured in this month’s Rolling Stone below:

Keith Richards

Last month (November 21) Phoebe Bridgers released a cover of Tom Waits’ ‘Georgia Lee’, taken from a new tribute compilation ‘Come On Up To The House: Women Sing Waits’.

Listen to Bridgers’ version below:

The album, produced by Warren Zanes, also features Aimee Mann, Rosanne Cash, and the duo of Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer singing the songs of Tom Waits.

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‘Georgia Lee’ was originally released on Waits’ 1999 album ‘Mule Variations’. The song is based on a true story about an impoverished black girl who, in 1997, was abducted and murdered at the age of 12: “Why wasn’t God watching/ why wasn’t God listening/ why wasn’t God there for Georgia Lee?”

Along with the ‘Better Oblivion Community Center’ album with Conor Oberst, Bridgers last year also formed boygenius, a supergroup with Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus.

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