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Tripping Along The Ledge

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Take Care of All My Children (1984)

In Dreams (1987)

One of the oddest and most beautiful songs ever written. Look out for Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits and T-Bone Burnett backing Orbison on this 1987 live recording.

IF I HAVE TO GO (1986)


“Tom do this, Tom do that
Tom… don’t do that
Count the cash, clean the oven
Dump the trash, oh your lovin
is a rare and a copasetic gift…”

AMERICA (1956)

No idea who did this. It’s a recording of Allen Ginsberg reading America (from ‘Howl’), set to Tom Waits’ Closing Time instrumental, from the latter’s 1973 debut album. If that’s not confusing enough, the track is illustrated for this YouTube treatment with photographs of Jack Kerouac. Read the rest of this entry »