Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Tom Waits says...

'Uncle Vernon, independent as a hog on ice, he's a big shot down there at the slaughterhouse, plays accordion for Mr. Weiss..Uncle Biltmore and Uncle William, made a million during World War Two, but they're tightwads and they're cheapskates, and they'll never give a dime to you..Auntie has gone insane, she lives in the doorway of an old hotel, and the radio is playing opera, all she ever says is Go to Hell..Uncle Violet flew as a pilot, and there ain't no pretty girls in France, now he runs a tiny little bookie joint, they say he never keeps it in his pants..Uncle Bill will never leave a will, and the tumor is as big as an egg, he has a mistress, she's Puerto Rican, and I heard she has a wooden leg..Uncle Phil can't live without his pills, he has emphysema and he's almost blind, and we must find out where the money is, get it now before he loses his mind.'

- Tom Waits ('Cemetery Polka', Rain Dogs, Tom Waits, 1985)

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