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cptbuz
(Sacramento CA)
Posted: Apr 07, 2018 15:01
 

Wish he did a little research...Placerville was known as Hangtown when the Weaverville stage was around.
westslope
(BC sage brush steppe)
Posted: Jan 07, 2018 16:44
 

 cely wrote:
6.6 rating?  That's why Trump is president.  And so much else.

 
You nailed it.   The Democrats lost touch.  In the end, the Democrats understood very little.  
westslope
(BC sage brush steppe)
Posted: Jan 07, 2018 16:43
 

The variety of comments are... amusing. 

If the haters actually bothered to score the song, I bet we would end up with a U-shaped distribution of numerical ratings.
 
I like Tom Waits just enough to pay attention.  If I did not enjoy Waits, I would still expect RP to play him often.  
Stratocaster
(Nassau, The Bahamas)
Posted: Dec 09, 2017 7:26
 

Wish I could understand why Tom Waits is so popular.

Ugh.
cely
(the tropics of discourse)
Posted: Oct 28, 2017 17:35
 

6.6 rating?  That's why Trump is president.  And so much else.
On_The_Beach
(The Blue Planet)
Posted: Oct 09, 2017 22:07
 

Damn fine; simple as that.
Tom is an American treasure.
aspicer
(Chicago, IL)
Posted: Jun 09, 2017 10:03
 

Classic - really like this version. His gravel voice is perfect on this one, informed by all his drinking, which also lends it self to the mood of this song!
dingleberry
(NZ)
Posted: Mar 14, 2017 19:37
 

 LizK (West Florida, where the gators roam) wrote:
As usual with Tom Waits...

 
Sending a gator your way.

First time I noticed the (whip cracks) toward the end. Nice

KalleB
(German Plain)
Posted: Mar 14, 2017 18:02
 

 frank_eindhoven wrote:
What, a 6.6 rating for Tom Waits? What's going on?
 
Don't overrate RP-listeners ...
{#Whistle}
ashtmclean
Posted: Jan 26, 2017 6:25
 

 Megavolt wrote:

An acquired taste, to be sure. But worth the investment. 

 
My first listen... his voice makes me uncomfortable, yet I can instantly tell that his sound is an acquired taste. I'm looking forward to acquiring it! 
jmkate
(nearly under a stack of books)
Posted: Jan 07, 2017 8:11
 

When dealing with certain tasks or specific humans, this gets stuck in my head, heh.
frank_eindhoven
(Eindhoven)
Posted: Oct 26, 2016 2:53
 

What, a 6.6 rating for Tom Waits? What's going on?
Ulises
(8th Circle)
Posted: Sep 05, 2016 9:24
 

 Jota wrote:

He has individuality and character, something that the manufactured efforts of Rihanna, Swift and the like could never dream of.

Tom Waits is an artist.  Rihanna is a product.

 
Succinct and spot on.
ScottN
(Half inch above the K/T boundary)
Posted: Sep 04, 2016 22:31
 

Tom Waits.  Wonderful lyricist.

Pin your ear to the wisdom post

Pin your eye to the line
Never let the weeds get higher
Than the garden
Always keep a sapphire in your mind
Always keep a diamond in your mind
twoplain2sea
(After the gold rush by my friend Amphion.)
Posted: Mar 30, 2016 6:13
 

Thy should put plow before mule, because horses are for courses.
Megavolt
Posted: Mar 30, 2016 6:10
 

 LizK wrote:
As usual with Tom Waits, he sings about a life I can't relate to,  (when was the last time I met a mule?  Yes, Republicans, but  I mean a real fur & hoof variety.)  Where did he learn to sing?  From a group named the cheddargraters? Ugly, ugly, well you get the point.

 
It's an allegory. Some have jobs that are drugery, like getting behind the mule and plowing. 

Like when the dwarves sing, "I owe, I owe, so it's off to work I go" you don't have to be going down into a mine to get the idea of being shafted. 
h8rhater
(Couldn't care less why you h8 this song)
Posted: Mar 30, 2016 6:07
 

 helgigermany wrote:
Very bad voice! 
  LizK wrote:
As usual with Tom Waits, he sings about a life I can't relate to,  (when was the last time I met a mule?  Yes, Republicans, but  I mean a real fur & hoof variety.)  Where did he learn to sing?  From a group named the cheddargraters? Ugly, ugly, well you get the point.

 
Speaking of getting the point, could the point be more missed?

How could someone not get the message of the line, "get behind the mule in the morning and plow"?  It's called metaphor.  I just can't relate to "putting my nose to the grindstone".  No one grinds down their nose anymore!!

I know we're becoming a country of anti-intellectuals, but some of the drivel I read here makes me question my own sanity.
Jota
(Scotland)
Posted: Mar 30, 2016 6:05
 

 LizK wrote:
As usual with Tom Waits, he sings about a life I can't relate to,  (when was the last time I met a mule?  Yes, Republicans, but  I mean a real fur & hoof variety.)  Where did he learn to sing?  From a group named the cheddargraters? Ugly, ugly, well you get the point.

 
He has individuality and character, something that the manufactured efforts of Rihanna, Swift and the like could never dream of.

Tom Waits is an artist.  Rihanna is a product.
Megavolt
Posted: Mar 30, 2016 6:05
 

 helgigermany wrote:
Very bad voice! 
 
An acquired taste, to be sure. But worth the investment. 
Megavolt
Posted: Mar 30, 2016 6:04
 

Awesome way to start the day. You do, indeed, gotta get behind the mule. 

And plow.