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Tom Waits — Singapore
Album: Rain Dogs
Avg rating:
5.9

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Total ratings: 464









Released: 1985
Length: 2:34
Plays (last 30 days): 1
We sail tonight for Singapore
We're all as mad as hatters here
I've fallen for a tawny moor
took off to the Land of Nod
Drank with all the Chinamen
Walked the sewers of Paris
I danced along a colored wind
Dangled from a rope of sand
You must say goodbye to me

We sail tonight for Singapore
Don't fall asleep while you're ashore
Cross your heart and hope to die
When you hear the children cry
Let marrow bone and cleaver choose
While making feet for children's shoes
Through the alley
Back from Hell
When you hear that steeple bell
You must say goodbye to me

Wipe him down with gasoline
Till his arms are hard and mean
From now on boys this iron boat's your home
So heave away boys

We sail tonight for Singapore
Take your blankets from the floor
Wash your mouth out by the door
The whole town is made of iron ore
Every witness turns to steam
They all become Italian dreams
Fill your pockets up with earth
Get yourself a dollar's worth
Away boys, away boys, heave away

The captain is a one-armed dwarf
He's throwing dice along the wharf
In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is King
So take this ring

We sail tonight for Singapore
We're all as mad as hatters here
I've fallen for a tawny moor
took off to the Land of Nod
Drank with all the Chinamen
Walked the sewers of Paris
I danced along a colored wind
Dangled from a rope of sand
You must say goodbye to me
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Really like this....Sounds like a theme song from a quirky HBO series
Bloody great album.
So funny - so Tom Waits
I met Tom Waits when I was an extra on the set of Rumble Fish back in the 80s. I really had no idea who he was at the time, but after meeting and talking with him a while (very cool, laid back dude), I decided to check out his music. I became a huge fanatical fan of his music and his acting roles. If I met him again, I'd probably make a pretty big fool of myself, gushing and such. 
I bought this album back when it came out and I swear to this day that that's Tom on the cover. I know it's not but sure could be.
Ain't nothing like this. You might hate it, but nobody can imitate it. No one even tries.
Knew without looking that this was Tom. Not the first of this type.
Definately darker than, but probably just about as quirky as Raymond Scott.  I wouldn't mind hearing, "Powerhouse" some time. 
 DJBlack wrote:
That was wierd! I thought the beginning of this song was being sung by Cookie Monster from Sesame Street! Listen carefully... it's him, I'm sure of it!
 

 DJBlack wrote:
That was wierd! I thought the beginning of this song was being sung by Cookie Monster from Sesame Street! Listen carefully... it's him, I'm sure of it!
 

Has anyone seen Cookie and Tom in the same room at the same time? No!
There is a great vid of Cookie/Tom on the tubes of you
FORA BOLSONARO!
Brasil Antifa
:o this was fun
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!!!!THE WHOLE ALBUM IS GREAT!!!!
Tom Waits.... I've just never understood the appeal...
That was wierd! I thought the beginning of this song was being sung by Cookie Monster from Sesame Street! Listen carefully... it's him, I'm sure of it!
Danny_G wrote:
-10 :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke:
Just for that I'm giving it a 10. :razz:
-10 :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke:
Belongs to the soundtrack for The Haunted Mansion at Disney World ... ... and I normally like Tom Waits
samiyam wrote:
You have to understand that there is an underworld in the L.A. area which is very cosmopolitan. Tom Waits spent many years surviving in that mileau before he got "famous". He hung out with the intelligent artistic types who actually have a soul...
That was the 70's - New York in the 80's ( I think ) and in Northern CA for the last 10. it's not so dark here . . .
Typesbad wrote:
More like Captain Beefhart. Hey, There's someone I haven't heard on RP! Anyone up for it?
Yeah, where the Beef ................. hart? A little Zappa couldn't hurt either... something from Uncle Meat maybe.
Pyro wrote:
I thought this was Frank Zappa or something.
More like Captain Beefhart. Hey, There's someone I haven't heard on RP! Anyone up for it?
Yo-ho Yo-ho A pirate's life for me
samiyam wrote:
You have to understand that there is an underworld in the L.A. area which is very cosmopolitan. Tom Waits spent many years surviving in that mileau before he got "famous". He hung out with the intelligent artistic types who actually have a soul...
"...the intelligent artistic types who actually have a soul..." So, I'm guessing that it would be considered odd to think that even unintelligent, inartistic types might actually have a soul given to them by God. How silly of me to be so unprejudiced.
Alwrite. If you're going here, I'll have to upload "Way Down in the Hole" 8O
strange little tune
sirrus wrote:
When did cookie monster get a record contract? :lol:
"C is for Cookie ... it's good enough for meeee!"
In the land of the blind, the one eyed man is king!
This is soooooo good.
:puke:
federico wrote:
Tom waits living in Los Angeles? Come on, that cannot be true ....
Wow. Ever been to L.A., federico? One of the darkest towns in the States. You don't really have to put forth too much effort to look into the shadows. Bukowski did the same.
tom lives in sabastapool, north of san francisco across the golden gate bridge.
samiyam wrote:
You have to understand that there is an underworld in the L.A. area which is very cosmopolitan. Tom Waits spent many years surviving in that mileau before he got "famous". He hung out with the intelligent artistic types who actually have a soul...
Did they share the soul simultaneously or did they pass it around as needed?
federico wrote:
Tom waits living in Los Angeles? Come on, that cannot be true ....
You have to understand that there is an underworld in the L.A. area which is very cosmopolitan. Tom Waits spent many years surviving in that mileau before he got "famous". He hung out with the intelligent artistic types who actually have a soul...
What an awesome album.
Carnivalesque and dreamy some might say. Tom is certainly an acquired taste but he's written some very insightful lyrics if you can get past the initial polyrhythms and discordant compositions.
why do americans comment on tom waits' music? he belongs to us here in the old world, raucous voice, brilliant texts, strange twsits and all ... Tom waits living in Los Angeles? Come on, that cannot be true ....
Ok, now come on. This is just plain awful! I really don't get this guy and his appeal.
When did cookie monster get a record contract? :lol:
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgggggghhh! Ahoy thar, me hearties!
trekhead wrote:
I keep seeing this in a Tim Burton Claymation flick...
It does have that Danny Elfman-style goofy spookiness, doesn't it?
Pyro wrote:
I thought this was Frank Zappa or something.
Oh please! Zappa has a much better and sexier voice. This is more like a bad version of "aye Matey" :puke:
I keep seeing this in a Tim Burton Claymation flick...
psycholynx wrote:
Don't get me wrong I like Tom Waits, but this sounds like a song from the Haunted Mansion or something.
Now that made me laugh out loud!
I thought this was Frank Zappa or something.
please, for the love of god, spare us from this dude.
didnt' realize it until right now....this older tune has the same "vibe" & beat as his later "God's Away on Business"....both kinda fun....
kevbo77 wrote:
this is not music,...yeah that's a judgement call, and im makin it. I swear that tom waits is nothing more than a sociological experiment aimed at the so called open minded people of the world.
Tom Waits is such a welcome antidote to the overly slick, overly commercialzed musical culture of today (is almost all genres). It's only natural that he would be a fixture on RP.
Don't get me wrong I like Tom Waits, but this sounds like a song from the Haunted Mansion or something.
Much of his music I find to be weird and abrasive or boring. But this is fun!
Sounds like Leon Redbone and Leonard Cohen had a son!
What a hoot. But, have to say, I like the drunk piano one better. That one is great.
kevbo77 wrote:
this is not music,...yeah that's a judgement call, and im makin it. I swear that tom waits is nothing more than a sociological experiment aimed at the so called open minded people of the world.
The "so called open minded people"? So, you're saying that the song appeals to people who are closed-minded, but think they are open-minded?
this is not music,...yeah that's a judgement call, and im makin it. I swear that tom waits is nothing more than a sociological experiment aimed at the so called open minded people of the world.
I thought Life was too short for this... My daughter says "Creepy"
brilliant. great song, great album. and i've heard cookie monster's album. he ain't got nothin on tom. cept maybe those googly eyes. and the ability to eat infinity cookies. other than that, nothin.
I'm not sure wether this is a "song", but I can't help grinning throughout it :D
CruzanBits wrote:
When did Cookie Monster get a record deal?
:roflol: :notworthy:
Amazing that the consensus is 'Pretty Good'. I give it 'Ho Hum' at best.
This "song" is a great example of what the Mute button is for.
CruzanBits wrote:
When did Cookie Monster get a record deal?
FUNNIEST COMMENT EVER!!!
CruzanBits wrote:
When did Cookie Monster get a record deal?
I have been laughing at this for about five minutes.
DownHomeGirl wrote:
Never noticed before, but this reminds me of the theme music to Comedy Central's "Insomniac" :lol:
True!
CruzanBits wrote:
When did Cookie Monster get a record deal?
Yeah, I thought that too! :-s
ugh!
New Waits album was released last week!!
Nice song! Really dig it!
:clap:
Shawneeo wrote:
I'm kinda glad that not everyone gets him!
Yes, a nice cozy sort of validation goes along with that!
I dig Tom Waits, but i've got to admit that this definitely sounds like it should be on the Popeye or Pewee's Big Adventure soundtrack actually, anyone who's seen Insomniac with Dave Attell (great show on Comedy Central) should notice that they pretty much ripped this song off for their theme song.
Love this guy. No one like him.
very creative, offbeat fellow, Tom....i dig him muchly :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :propeller.gif: :lol:
Never noticed before, but this reminds me of the theme music to Comedy Central's "Insomniac" :lol:
Awesome to hear Tom Waits on RP! Thanks!
Ya know... the first time i hear this i thought that Bill had a stroke and decided to introduce Insane Clown Posse to the playlist...
CruzanBits wrote:
When did Cookie Monster get a record deal?
that's funny! great album, actually. not sure if i'd have chosen this particular song to introduce people to mr. waits voice with, but still, it's nice to hear it on rp!
CruzanBits wrote:
When did Cookie Monster get a record deal?
Great comment! Fabulous!
CruzanBits wrote:
When did Cookie Monster get a record deal?
I'm kinda glad that not everyone gets him!
Love him or hate him, Tom Waits is a true innovator. I'm always curious to hear what he has to offer. Rain dogs was a high for creativity. The early years Vols 1 and 2 are, for my money, some of the best of all time in the singer-songwriter genre.
Hmmm ... I wonder what they're discussing on NPR?
I don't know... I can't really give it a rating cause it's so different... I am not sure if I like it or not. It seems that it should be in a musical. Made me smile though.
Thank goodness for Tom Waits and RP for playing him regularly!
Tom Waits is a truly fantastic artist, glad to hear him on RP.
When did Cookie Monster get a record deal?