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Top 200 Tom Waits Quotes (2023 Update)
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Tom Waits Quote: “I put food on the table and roof overhead. But I’d trade it all tomorrow for the highway instead.”
Tom Waits Quote: “Never trust a man in a blue trench coat, never drive a car when you’re dead.”
Tom Waits Quote: “We have a deficit of wonder right now.”
Tom Waits Quote: “Now its raining its pouring the old man is snoring now I lay me down to sleep I hear the sirens in the street all my dreams are made of chrome I have no way to get back home I’d rather die before I wake like Marilyn Monroe and throw my dreams out in the street and the rain make ’em grow.”
Tom Waits Quote: “They say that I have no hits and that I’m difficult to work with. And they say that like it’s a bad thing.”
Tom Waits Quote: “It was a hubba, hubba, ding dang, baby you are just everythang.”
Tom Waits Quote: “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 Quote: “All the donuts have names that sound like prostitutes.”
Tom Waits Quote: “I always had a great appreciation for jazz, but I’m a very pedestrian musician. I get by. I like to think that my main instrument is vocabulary.”
Tom Waits Quote: “Time is just memory Mixed in with Desire.”
Tom Waits Quote: “On my gravestone, I want it to say, “I told you I was sick.””
Tom Waits Quote: “I’ll take a rusty nail and scratch your initials on my arm.”
Tom Waits Quote: “Children make up the best songs, anyway. Better than grown-ups. Kids are always working on songs and throwing them away, like little origami things or paper airplanes. They don’t care if they lose it; they’ll just make another one.”
Tom Waits Quote: “I like my music with the rinds and the seeds and pulp left in.”
Tom Waits Quote: “I’ve always believed that the way you affect your audience is more important than how many of them are there.”
Tom Waits Quote: “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 Quote: “Not the kind of wheel you fall asleep at.”
Tom Waits Quote: “Oh I don’t mind going to weddings, just as long as it’s not my own...”
Tom Waits Quote: “Most songs that aren’t jump-rope songs, or lullabies, are cautionary tales or goodbye songs and road songs.”
Tom Waits Quote: “For a songwriter, you don’t really go to songwriting school; you learn by listening to tunes. And you try to understand them and take them apart and see what they’re made of, and wonder if you can make one, too.”
Tom Waits Quote: “I’m reliable sources, I’ll tell ya anything you want me to know.”
Tom Waits Quote: “There’s a beauty of show business. It’s the only business you can have a career in when you’re dead.”
Tom Waits Quote: “My reality needs imagination like a bulb needs a socket. My imagination needs reality like a blind man needs a cane.”
Tom Waits Quote: “I walked 500 miles just to see a halo, when I opened my eyes I was blind as can be.”
Tom Waits Quote: “I’ve been riding on the crest of a slump lately.”
Tom Waits Quote: “The blues and gospel stuff seemed to go together.”
Tom Waits Quote: “There’s truths there that spiral out of what appears to be just a word game. That’s what I find mystifying about the meanings of things: they kind of unscrew themselves from the practical words.”
Tom Waits Quote: “Words are music, really.”
Tom Waits Quote: “I hope I’m becoming more eccentric. More room in the brain.”
Tom Waits Quote: “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 Quote: “I was born in the back seat of a Yellow Cab in a hospital loading zone and with the meter still running. I emerged needing a shave and shouted ‘Time Square, and step on it!’”
Tom Waits Quote: “He said, I’m better off without her, until I showed him my tattoo.”
Tom Waits Quote: “It’s cold out there, colder than a ticket taker’s smile at the Ivar Theatre on a Saturday night.”
Tom Waits Quote: “The moon was sharp enough to draw blood from a stone.”
Tom Waits Quote: “I admit that I ain’t no angel, I admit that I ain’t no saint – I’m selfish and I’m cruel and I’m blind. If I exorcise my devils, well my angels may leave too. When they leave they’re so hard to find...”
Tom Waits Quote: “I know a girl, she been married so many times, she got rice marks all over her face.”
Tom Waits Quote: “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 Quote: “It’s a battered old suitcase and a hotel someplace and a wound that will never heal.”
Tom Waits Quote: “Did the devil make the world while God was sleeping?”
Tom Waits Quote: “Got a head full of lightning, a hat full of rain.”
Tom Waits Quote: “Some men are searching for the Holy Grail, but there ain’t nothing sweeter than riding the rail. Pregnant women and Vietnam vets, beggin on the freeway, bout as hard as it gets.”
Tom Waits Quote: “You can drive out nature with a pitch fork But it always comes roaring back again.”
Tom Waits Quote: “My wife called me a mule. She once said, “I didn’t marry a man; I married a mule!” I kept thinking about it. It was in the back of my head. I think it makes a good title for an album.”
Tom Waits Quote: “My friends think I’m ugly, I gotta masculine face.”
Tom Waits Quote: “I’ve seen it all through the yellow windows of the evening train...”
Tom Waits Quote: “I can’t listen to so much music at the same time. I think you really have to have a diet. You’re just processing too much, there’s no place to put it. If you go a long time without hearing music, then you hear music that nobody else hears.”
Tom Waits Quote: “Cross my wooden leg, swear on my glass eye.”
Tom Waits Quote: “I always thought songs are movies for the ears and films are like songs for the eyes.”
Tom Waits Quote: “I’m always looking for sounds that are pleasing at the time. The sound of a helicopter is really annoying until you’re drowning, and it’s there to rescue you. Then it sounds like music.”
Tom Waits Quote: “I did my time in the jail of your arms.”
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