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Tom Waits Quotes

Chocolate is the answer. Who cares what the question is - Funny Quotes
A girl doesn't need anyone who doesn't need her - Marilyn Monroe Quotes
I meant to behave but there were too many other options - Funny Quotes
If cats could talk, they wouldn't - Cat Quotes
Be yourself; everyone else is already taken - Oscar Wilde Quotes
You had me at hello - Love Quotes
Dogs teach us a lot of things but none more important than to love unconditionally - Dog Quotes
The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why - Mark Twain Quotes
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Arithmetic arithmetock Turn the hands back on the clock How does the ocean rock the boat? How did the razor find my throat? The only strings that hold me here Are tangled up around the pier  (Tom Waits Quotes) There’s a place down the street; Seven Xs. What does that mean? Maybe it’s... girls without skin  (Tom Waits Quotes) Jimmy Stewart said he stopped making movies because he didn’t like the way he looked on screen anymore. I’m more the guy who says I look like hell but I’m going to see where it gets me  (Tom Waits Quotes) I dunno, when I started writing really I was like, filling out applications and stuff real early. Last name first, first name last, sex... occasionally, stuff like that. Then I was writing letters, filling out forms, writing on bathroom walls  (Tom Waits Quotes) Don’t plant your bad days. They grow into weeks. The weeks grow into months. Before you know it, you got yourself a bad year. Take it from me - choke those little bad days. Choke ‘em down to nothing  (Tom Waits Quotes) It’s a battered old suitcase to a hotel someplace, and a wound that will never heal. No prima donna, the perfume is on an old shirt that is stained with blood and whiskey. Goodnight to the street sweepers, the night watchmen flame keepers and goodnight, Matilda, too  (Tom Waits Quotes) I used to imagine that making it in music - really making it in music - is if you’re an old man going by a schoolyard and you hear children singing your songs, playing jump-rope, or on the swings. That’s the ultimate. You’re in the culture  (Tom Waits Quotes) If you’re a writer, you know that the stories don’t come to you - you have to go looking for them. The old men in the lobby: that’s where the stories were  (Tom Waits Quotes) You almost have to create situations in order to write about them, so I live in a constant state of self-imposed poverty. I don’t want to live any other way  (Tom Waits Quotes) I knelt at the altar of Ray Charles for years. I worked at a restaurant, and that’s all there was on the jukebox  (Tom Waits Quotes) Songs are pretty easy. They are small, they are modular, they are about as big as a bagel. They are easy to build. Films are overwhelming in their magnitude and scope. By comparison, a lot of film directors wish they were writing songs because you can do it while getting your hair cut  (Tom Waits Quotes) If you walk with Jesus, he’s gonna save your soul. You gotta keep the devil way down in the hole. He’s got the fire and the fury at his command  (Tom Waits Quotes) There’s nothing that makes me laugh more than being in the situation where you’re not supposed to laugh. Funerals. People crying. Breaking down. Telling you their life. I’m the worst. I’m the worst at that  (Tom Waits Quotes) You have to keep busy. After all, no dog’s ever pissed on a moving car.  (Tom Waits Quotes) I’m not fighting for justice. I am not fighting for freedom. I am fighting for my life and another day in the world here.  (Tom Waits Quotes) You can drive out nature with a pitch fork But it always comes roaring back again  (Tom Waits Quotes) As a kid, I did want to be an old-timer, since they were the ones with the big stories and the cool clothes. I wanted to go there. Now, I guess I want to bring that with me and go back in time.  (Tom Waits Quotes) When you’re writing, you’re conjuring. It’s a ritual, and you need to be brave and respectful and sometimes get out of the way of whatever it is that you’re inviting into the room.  (Tom Waits Quotes) I don’t like hearing Beatles songs in commercials. It almost renders them useless. I think, ‘Oh God, another one bites the dust.’  (Tom Waits Quotes) I don’t like the stigma that comes with being called a poet . . . So I call what I’m doing an improvisational adventure or an inebriational travelogue.  (Tom Waits Quotes) We are buried beneath the weight of information, which is being confused with knowledge; quantity is being confused with abundance and wealth with happiness.  (Tom Waits Quotes) I just don’t like the word ‘fun’--it’s like Volkswagen, or bell-bottoms, or patchouli-oil or bean-sprouts...it rubs me up the wrong way.  (Tom Waits Quotes) It’s hard to play with a bagpipe player. It’s like an exotic bird. I love the sound, it’s like strangling a goose.  (Tom Waits Quotes) Mostly, I straddle reality and the imagination. My reality needs imagination like a bulb needs a socket. My imagination needs reality like a blind man needs a cane.  (Tom Waits Quotes) There’s a beauty of show business. It’s the only business you can have a career in when you’re dead.  (Tom Waits Quotes) It’s cold out there, colder than a ticket taker’s smile at the Ivar Theatre on a Saturday night.  (Tom Waits Quotes) But it’s so hard to dance that way when it’s cold and there’s no music  (Tom Waits Quotes) I have a Chamberlain I bought from some surfers in Westwood many years ago. It’s an early analog synthesizer; it operates on tape loops. It has 60 voices - everything from galloping horses to owls to rain to every instrument in the orchestra.  (Tom Waits Quotes) Most changes in music, most exciting things that happen in music, occur through a miscommunication between people I thought you said this. Poetry comes out of that too.  (Tom Waits Quotes) The only thing worse than being in the Hall of Fame is not being in the Hall of Fame  (Tom Waits Quotes)
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