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Tom Waits — Little Drop of Poison
Album: Orphans
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Released: 2006
Length: 3:09
Plays (last 30 days): 2
I like my town with a little drop of poison
Nobody knows they're lining up to go insane
I'm all alone, I smoke my friends down to the filter
But I feel much cleaner after it rains

She left in the fall, that's her picture on the wall
She always had that little drop of poison
She left in the fall, that's her picture on the wall
She always had that little drop of poison

Did the devil make the world why god was sleeping
Someone said you'll never get a wish from a bone
Another wrong good-bye nd a hundred sailors
That deep blue sky is my home

She left in the fall, that's her picture on the wall
She always had that little drop of poison
She left in the fall, that's her picture on the wall
She always had that little drop of poison

A rat always knows when he's in with weasels
Here you lose a little every day
I remember when a million was a million
They all have ways to make you pay
They all have ways to make you pay
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Complaining about vocals? OK, how about THIS?
 jukes1 wrote:


“Miss” is pretty condecending. Just because we think this sucks doesn’t mean we “missed” something. Just that it sucks. 
 
I think you misunderstood my comment.  No condescension was intended.  I simply meant that Tom's wit and humor can be very subtle.  It's not a criticism of those who don't like his music.  And who's 'we"?  Do you speak for everyone here?
Love that creepy stuff.
 nannimae wrote:
 ThePoose wrote:
Who is the background banshee?
 
It's an instrument called a theremin https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... 


 
It sounds more like a musical saw (aka "singing saw") to me; Waits tends to prefer acoustic instruments over electronic ones.  I couldn't find a listing of the personnel for this recording but he's used them on his recordings before.
 ThePoose wrote:
Who is the background banshee?
 
It's an instrument called a theremin https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... 


“ that deep blue sky is my home“ Great lyrics and alliterations throughout this song
My second daughter played a song for me a few years back...and the piano has been drinking. That was my first ever  taste of Tom Waits.

I've been a fan since.
 garyalex wrote:

I think it's very much music, and that of the highest caliber.  The lyrics alone earn it a degree of greatness.  Tom's approach isn't for everyone.  He sometimes combines a dark view with understated humor.  It's easy to miss if you aren't really listening.  Or if you just don't like it.  For those of us who do, the man is a treasure.
 

“Miss” is pretty condecending. Just because we think this sucks doesn’t mean we “missed” something. Just that it sucks. 
 STLBubbles wrote:
I concur.

 

 ExploitingChaos wrote:
Its a badass tune, but I never wanna hear that ever again
 

Un-listenable to me.  I just expect him to bust into a coughing fit at any moment.
Considering to downgrade this song even further… 2 -> 1
Gee, I like Tom.  Really I do.  But this one sounds too raw to me.  Couldn't listen to the lyrics, because I couldn't listen to his voice.  Maybe 'cause I'm listening through good headphones?

Still, he's had more hits than I have.
Clear your throat asshole!
so much fun , love it
 Utopia_Bold wrote:
He had to have a rich relative in the music business.
 
He's the rich relative in the music business, and deservedly so!
 maboleth wrote:
Sorry, but he sounds like a drunk singing in a lonely inn. Good music behind, but his voice is abrasive.
 
That's why I like it!
 DrLex wrote:
I guess my score will be creeping up every time I hear this, as is usually the case with Waits songs. I am now at 4.
 
I'm with you there, DrLex - I'm at a 6 now and what the hell...7 it is!  Long Live RP!!
Its a badass tune, but I never wanna hear that ever again
A Salsa to a Tango!  Thank you RP!  {#Smile}
 chinaski wrote:
The Theremin is the secret sauce to this songs list of instrumental ingredients.

 
So Cool!  (do I hear the clanging of hanging metal pipes as well  : )  love St. Tom the Inebriated
 garyalex wrote:

I think it's very much music, and that of the highest caliber.  The lyrics alone earn it a degree of greatness.  Tom's approach isn't for everyone.  He sometimes combines a dark view with understated humor.  It's easy to miss if you aren't really listening.  Or if you just don't like it.  For those of us who do, the man is a treasure.

 
Agreed.

You can use a variation of this argument any time someone says "This isn't music!"

I want to have a plaque made with this written on it. 
 garyalex wrote:

I think it's very much music, and that of the highest caliber.  The lyrics alone earn it a degree of greatness.  Tom's approach isn't for everyone.  He sometimes combines a dark view with understated humor.  It's easy to miss if you aren't really listening.  Or if you just don't like it.  For those of us who do, the man is a treasure.

 
I couldn't have written this better myself.  Really, I couldn't.
 Like    Funny, I just posted a comment on a Cake song, mentioning that Tom Waits falls into the same category: a little goes far. This one gets extra credit for being a tango.
 
 


 garyalex wrote:
I think it's very much music, and that of the highest caliber.  The lyrics alone earn it a degree of greatness.  Tom's approach isn't for everyone.  He sometimes combines a dark view with understated humor.  It's easy to miss if you aren't really listening.  Or if you just don't like it.  For those of us who do, the man is a treasure.
 
Yep. {#Yes}
Funny, I just posted a comment on a Cake song, mentioning that Tom Waits falls into the same category: a little goes far. This one gets extra credit for being a tango.
 kgage wrote:
Music to be waterboarded to.

 
{#Clap}{#Roflol}
St. Tom the Inebriated      love it  : )
I guess my score will be creeping up every time I hear this, as is usually the case with Waits songs. I am now at 4.
My wife and I are tangoing across the kitchen... love this!
Painful
phlegm (sucko-barfo it is sir!)
 
Tom Waits.  Ten it is sir.
{#Boohoo} {#Bananapiano} ... lovely!
 maboleth wrote:
Sorry, but he sounds like a drunk singing in a lonely inn. Good music behind, but his voice is abrasive.

 
Tom's destroyed his lungs and liver so you don't have to. 

 bitbanger wrote:
Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill would have loved this.

  
{#Yes}
Ah, a tango!
I love Wait's waltzes too, but this tango comes so close to the heart of the dance:
the darkness, the mystery, the passionate ritual steps....
he just nails it.  

That's what I love about that song. It is gritty and puts you into a dark place. A friend's band has been highly influenced by Tom Waits, Orpheum Bell. Check them out if you like the background music with less alcohol.
Sorry, but he sounds like a drunk singing in a lonely inn. Good music behind, but his voice is abrasive.
Music to be waterboarded to.
A long time ago I suggested Tom Waits for RP because I think it was never played. I'm quite happy to hear it so often nowadays. Thanks! :)
this is the recording that got Waits turned down at the cabaret
The Theremin is the secret sauce to this songs list of instrumental ingredients.
 garyalex wrote:

I think it's very much music, and that of the highest caliber.  The lyrics alone earn it a degree of greatness.  Tom's approach isn't for everyone.  He sometimes combines a dark view with understated humor.  It's easy to miss if you aren't really listening.  Or if you just don't like it.  For those of us who do, the man is a treasure.

 

Indeed.  In that respect, he is similar to Warren Zevon, who also regularly ventured into the dark side (with tongue firmly in cheek — sometimes).  The difference, I suppose, is that Warren's voice was more in keeping with the tastes of most.  But Tom uses the gravelly voice to add another layer of context to his songs.  Great songwriting.    
He had to have a rich relative in the music business.
 hagz21 wrote:
This is not music. On the upside, it makes me appreciate everything else that is played.

 
I think it's very much music, and that of the highest caliber.  The lyrics alone earn it a degree of greatness.  Tom's approach isn't for everyone.  He sometimes combines a dark view with understated humor.  It's easy to miss if you aren't really listening.  Or if you just don't like it.  For those of us who do, the man is a treasure.
 frank_eindhoven wrote:
Wow, all those negative comments about Tom Waits, i must be dreaming {#Wink}

 
Only from "serious" music lovers. Outstanding for me. Younger folk should take him less seriously.
Wow, all those negative comments about Tom Waits, i must be dreaming {#Wink}
This is not music. On the upside, it makes me appreciate everything else that is played.
"A rat always knows when he's in with weasels"

A great line.  Though the lyrics as a whole make me never want to be anywhere near Tom W's mindset.
 VV wrote:

Awful noise



 
Yes, very bad! Not good music!

Awful noise


"The piano has been drinking, not me"

I tried using that once as an excuse, and it didn't work. Geeez. 
 Catalytic wrote:
Nobody. Luckily for me, he does it anyway.
 
Good answer; I agree.
Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill would have loved this.
This sounds like the live music at a Zombie strip club. What's that stuck to the pole?
 Utopia_Bold wrote:
Who told this guy he could sing?

 
Nobody. Luckily for me, he does it anyway. 
Who told this guy he could sing?
I love this wonderful freak of nature.
No words for this one. Laughing my butt off! Sucko-barfo at best.
I think Bill plays this just to see if people are listening and care enough to hit the PSD button.

I certainly did. 
 1wolfy wrote:
I imagine if the dead could sing, it would sound like this.

 
Death can`t be this bad !!! And if so, we just found the reason why people are afraid to die.
I imagine if the dead could sing, it would sound like this.

 fredriley wrote:


It's surely not for karaoke bars...

 

patrick30 wrote:


depends on the bar

 

People would have fun with it at the karaoke my husband runs in a dive bar outside of Spokane, WA.  Since I've been going there with him for the last 3 years, I've heard all kinds of things (nothing surprises me anymore)!

 


 fredriley wrote:

It's surely not for karaoke bars...

 
depends on the bar
 On_The_Beach wrote:

Well put. Tom's music is not for the simple-minded.

 
It's surely not for karaoke bars...
Hell Broke Luce really needs the video to be appreciated. Too bad.
I smoked my friend down to the filter...   a golden line.
Seems to be a love him or hate him theme through these comments. I'm definitely on the love him side. I consider him one of the true geniuses in modern rock.
 ThePoose wrote:
Who is the background banshee?

 
A bowed saw.
When I heard Bill say, "Up next a quirky little song from a quirky little dude", I thought to myself, "Must be Tom Waits." 

This is a good thing.  
 unclehud wrote:

OMG!  An example of evolution .... ?

 

let's hope so
 Stingray wrote:

clipped:

Still OK - just not really for me!

 
OMG!  An example of evolution .... ?
Such a sweet and smooth voice! Like barbed wire.
Just bought Daniel Melingo's album and am noticing the similarities - in the voice at least

VAUDEVILLE - not Rock!

In this department I prefer Mr. Grinderman!

 

Still OK - just not really for me!


Love Tom Waits - his lyrics are always interesting!
Who is the background banshee?
Why not Tom's Cemetary Polka?

 
sajitjacob wrote:
I want this played at my funeral.

 


 sajitjacob wrote:
I want this played at my funeral.
 
Why? So you'll be glad that you're dead?


Utter bilge
 cutiepie_jessy wrote:
HATERS!!!
I love this song!! It's from SHREK (2, I believe)
The pirate is playing the piano in the bar!  

 
What a happy life you must have. Pirates and pianos...he he.
I want this played at my funeral.
WTF ?
 dig wrote:

There's a fine line between music and just trying to be different.



 
And there's fine line between being a unique genius and being Mensa qualified.
Oh god, make it stop.
 Webfoot wrote:
But instead for the arrogant and judgmental?
 
Nope. Just people with good taste.
 jocelynsart wrote:
omg - can I spell H-O-R-R-I-D correctly?
anyone who thinks this is genius has been sucked in inho - I refuse to be a lemming
 

  
I quite like lemming pie.
 On_The_Beach wrote:

Well put. Tom's music is not for the simple-minded.

 
But instead for the arrogant and judgmental?

There's a fine line between music and just trying to be different.


Why have I never heard this before? Why is this so brilliant? WHY?!
 Sasha2001 wrote:
I dont think Tom Waits cares what anyone else thinks about his music. I should also hope that his fans wouldn't either. Part of the appeal of liking him is that you get to feel like you're part of a club. A club of people who like their music doused with a lot of second hand smoke.
 
Well put. Tom's music is not for the simple-minded.
Brawler, bawler or bastard? merely an orphan?
Saw him in concert once in London.  Sublime!
 cutiepie_jessy wrote:
HATERS!!!
I love this song!! It's from SHREK (2, I believe)
The pirate is playing the piano in the bar!  

 
Oh, well now. If it's in Shrek 2 that just shifts my whole paradigm of the universe and everything. Shrek 2 is the greatest movie since Ice Age 2!
This song is fricken' AWESOME. {#Sunny}
HATERS!!!
I love this song!! It's from SHREK (2, I believe)
The pirate is playing the piano in the bar!  
Kheeerhist TOM!  Me thinks you need to stop singing now.  I give it a decent 5 only because I like TW.   But jeeezus...sounds like the wino I passed in the subway passageway tunnel on my way from here to there in NYC. 

Just sayin'..

Highlow
American Net'Zen
Hideous.  Just dropped it from a 4 to a 3.  "Ho-Hum" is kind for this POS track.
A rat always knows when he's in with weasels.

 
This needs to be on a t-shirt or sumtin.
 LizK wrote:
My disposal died - bearings went south or something - loud& ugly, but sounded better than this.
 
This is funny. I couldn't disagree more, but I still find this funny. 
OK, maybe not his best, but i'll take tom waits over almost anyone for creative new ground. 
 jocelynsart wrote:
omg - can I spell H-O-R-R-I-D correctly?
anyone who thinks this is genius has been sucked in inho - I refuse to be a lemming
 
 



I dont think Tom Waits cares what anyone else thinks about his music. I should also hope that his fans wouldn't either. Part of the appeal of liking him is that you get to feel like you're part of a club. A club of people who like their music doused with a lot of second hand smoke.
Bad moment in Paradise: this is on main channel and and "Tell Me" is on LRC.
 jocelynsart wrote:
omg - can I spell H-O-R-R-I-D correctly?
anyone who thinks this is genius has been sucked in inho - I refuse to be a lemming
 
 
If you don't like it, you just don't like it - fine.  That doesn't mean that those who enjoy Tom Waits' work are "lemmings", but if you feel a need to insult those whose tastes are different from yours, go on.  However, the word "genius" is woefully over-used.

"inho"?
....glass.......{#Yes}.....
omg - can I spell H-O-R-R-I-D correctly?
anyone who thinks this is genius has been sucked in inho - I refuse to be a lemming
 
I hadn't noticed before but there is definitely influence from Django Reinhardt in here.

Nice.
 TerryS wrote:
Same way B Dylan, L Cohen, L Armstrong and numerous others did, pure genius.
 
Too true!  {#Cheers}
 martinc wrote:
How did he ever get a recording contract?
 

Same way B Dylan, L Cohen, L Armstrong and numerous others did, pure genius. OK Poetry, if you disagree.
{#Drunk}{#Roflol}{#Tongue}{#Dancingbanana_2} 
My disposal died - bearings went south or something - loud& ugly, but sounded better than this.
Torch song saloon balladeering is what Humongous would've done for a living had the Road Warrior's apocalypse not occurred and made him rob gas. 
 gemtag wrote:
Creepy song. Cross between Adams Family and The Munsters.
 
{#Lol} For the sound and atmosphere, you're spot on. The lyrics are a wee bit darker than the Addams Family, though. Ol' gravel-voice is positively tuneful here compared to his normal voice, almost Singalongatom. A great songwriter and street poet.
How did he ever get a recording contract?
"I smoked my friends down to the filter" — that's a pretty great line.
A decent argument against throat lozenges
 gemtag wrote:
Creepy song. Cross between Adams Family and The Munsters.
 
YES YES YES  you hit the nail on the head!!

{#Razz}
 number7 wrote:
I used to hate Tom but over the years have come to love....well most of his stuff.
Always lots of whit & lots of tongue in cheek.
Very smart man. Singer?
Funny thing about singers, note perfect & no emotion = dead, rough sounding & emotion =soul.
 



That may explain It. Me, I still don't "get" Tom Waits. :-/
I used to hate Tom but over the years have come to love....well most of his stuff.
Always lots of whit & lots of tongue in cheek.
Very smart man. Singer?
Funny thing about singers, note perfect & no emotion = dead, rough sounding & emotion =soul.
I'm with you, a theremin and Tom Waits, it'll be a while before anyone uses that again with gypsy jazz.

                                                     
                                   Hate it                         Love it