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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.
jtherieau
(San Diego)
Posted: Nov 27, 2017 22:03
 

Mule
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
(An inch above the K/T boundary. But smth near fracking still has appeal.)
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
(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
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.  
helgigermany
(Germany)
Posted: Mar 18, 2016 0:30
 

Very bad voice! 
LizK
(West Florida, where the gators roam)
Posted: Feb 27, 2016 12:07
 

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.
Ishwara
(Bermuda)
Posted: Feb 15, 2016 7:10
 

More TW please 
zurcronium
(Not in Texas)
Posted: Jan 26, 2016 21:47
 

Is this the only music service on the web that would play not one but two Waits songs in a row? Great stuff. 
oldsaxon
(Wales via Vancouver, BC.)
Posted: Dec 26, 2015 11:58
 

 garyalex wrote:

All this song has going for it are great musicianship, powerful lyrics, excellent production and Tom's unique way of telling a story.  Other than that you're right.

 
Mr. Waits is not everyone's cup of whisky.  I like it neat...with a cigarette... but some of the covers, like the last one, show how skilled this man is.
sbegf
(Manchester, Maryland)
Posted: Oct 24, 2015 21:40
 

 garyalex wrote:

All this song has going for it are great musicianship, powerful lyrics, excellent production and Tom's unique way of telling a story.  Other than that you're right.

 
This cannot be bumped enough.  Well said!
hayduke2
(Southampton, NY)
Posted: Sep 23, 2015 13:34
 

 garyalex wrote:

All this song has going for it are great musicianship, powerful lyrics, excellent production and Tom's unique way of telling a story.  Other than that you're right.

 
BA-BOOOM!!!    you nailed it garyalex, cheers!
kjf06
Posted: Jul 22, 2015 20:34
 

I love Tom Waits but this is really not worth my precious time
 
zedstation
Posted: May 08, 2015 18:40
 

Just look at the album cover. This man is not weak. Songwriting or otherwise.
On_The_Beach
(The Blue Planet)
Posted: Apr 19, 2015 12:32
 

 garyalex wrote:
All this song has going for it are great musicianship, powerful lyrics, excellent production and Tom's unique way of telling a story.  Other than that you're right.
 
{#Clap}
garyalex
(NYC)
Posted: Apr 19, 2015 7:39
 

 stegokitty wrote:
This is one of those songs that, if written by just about anyone else, the majority report would considered it to be tripe.
It is tripe. Tom Waits writing and performing it doesn't make it good.

 
All this song has going for it are great musicianship, powerful lyrics, excellent production and Tom's unique way of telling a story.  Other than that you're right.
colt4x5
(Underwater.)
Posted: Apr 19, 2015 7:39
 

 stegokitty wrote:
This is one of those songs that, if written by just about anyone else, the majority report would considered it to be tripe.
It is tripe. Tom Waits writing and performing it doesn't make it good.

 
No, Tom Waits writing it doesn't make it good.
Still, it is pretty good.
 
stegokitty
Posted: Mar 18, 2015 15:01
 

This is one of those songs that, if written by just about anyone else, the majority report would considered it to be tripe.
It is tripe. Tom Waits writing and performing it doesn't make it good.
Kaisersosay
(Mighty Mighty Bostown)
Posted: Mar 06, 2015 7:42
 

I would not like getting behind the mule,,,I don't like stepping in poop.
ScottN
(An inch above the K/T boundary. But smth near fracking still has appeal.)
Posted: Jan 05, 2015 8:02
 

Dusty trail from Atchison to Placerville
On the wreck of the Weaverville stage
Beaula fired on Beatty for a lemonade
I was stirring my brandy with a nail boys
Stirring my brandy with a nail

Got to get behind the mule
In the morning and plow...

Kaisersosay
(Mighty Mighty Bostown)
Posted: Dec 02, 2014 7:55
 

I guess its time to get behind the mule
ch83575
Posted: Dec 02, 2014 7:52
 

 calle01 wrote:

You're an Idiot! 
Finally RP plays a song with depth. 
Go listen to your girly music fool. 

 
Easy there dude... I think superweh actually likes it too.  Even if he didn't I don't think he would deserve your lashing.  I love this tune, lets just enjoy.
SuperWeh
(Monaco)
Posted: Nov 13, 2014 4:21
 

 pankman wrote:
How can anybody like this song? It's beyond my understanding. Worst garbage!

 
How can someone fail to understand shy almost everybody likes this song
pankman
(Old Europe)
Posted: Nov 13, 2014 3:01
 

How can anybody like this song? It's beyond my understanding. Worst garbage!
Lazarus
(Bethany)
Posted: Oct 12, 2014 22:34
 

Everybody in my alien space craft loves this song...  we be dancing like bowlegged gypsy muleskinners...
philinnz
(Wellington, New Zealand)
Posted: Oct 12, 2014 22:32
 

 AndyJ wrote:

 

I feel sorry (almost) for anyone who has never plowed with a mule...

My Grandfather had 5 acres in the backyard. He had a mule and manual plow...Not very different from those used in the 19th century... When WWII broke out my Dad had a farmer exemption from the draft. One morning shortly after graduating high school, he had a hangover and was plowing the "garden"... Mid-morning he told his father he was going to get some cigarettes and went to the recruiters office.... He always said that  he thought that -anything- the Germans threw at him had to be better than watching that mule's rear end all day...

I came along shortly after he came home. We lived with my Grandparents for a few years. I loved getting out and following him in the freshly cut furrows... He also had a buggy that his mule and later horse pulled... very 19th century... watching an equine produce road muffins is an educational experience that stays with one.... My Grandfather also had chickens who laid eggs everywhere... fun for kids to seek... he also would kill and clean them in the back yard for Sunday meals...

Sadly my kids never had that experience... But that was a world "Gone with the Wind"... like fog on a warming morning...

If you doubt my tales, remember "The future is already here. It's just unevenly distributed." You can see wisps of the past almost everywhere, if you look around...

 

 



 
great story, one of the best I have read on RP - sadly(?) I have never plowed a mule
fatcatjb
(Sunny Sacramento)
Posted: Aug 11, 2014 10:46
 

love that slide guitar work!
 
Dog_Ear
Posted: May 28, 2014 16:41
 

 Perfect. And thanks for that. Hope Tom reads this.


AndyJ wrote:

 

I feel sorry (almost) for anyone who has never plowed with a mule...

My Grandfather had 5 acres in the backyard. He had a mule and manual plow...Not very different from those used in the 19th century... When WWII broke out my Dad had a farmer exemption from the draft. One morning shortly after graduating high school, he had a hangover and was plowing the "garden"... Mid-morning he told his father he was going to get some cigarettes and went to the recruiters office.... He always said that  he thought that -anything- the Germans threw at him had to be better than watching that mule's rear end all day...

I came along shortly after he came home. We lived with my Grandparents for a few years. I loved getting out and following him in the freshly cut furrows... He also had a buggy that his mule and later horse pulled... very 19th century... watching an equine produce road muffins is an educational experience that stays with one.... My Grandfather also had chickens who laid eggs everywhere... fun for kids to seek... he also would kill and clean them in the back yard for Sunday meals...

Sadly my kids never had that experience... But that was a world "Gone with the Wind"... like fog on a warming morning...

If you doubt my tales, remember "The future is already here. It's just unevenly distributed." You can see wisps of the past almost everywhere, if you look around...

 

 



 


AndyJ
(Oregon)
Posted: May 09, 2014 12:41
 

 

I feel sorry (almost) for anyone who has never plowed with a mule...

My Grandfather had 5 acres in the backyard. He had a mule and manual plow...Not very different from those used in the 19th century... When WWII broke out my Dad had a farmer exemption from the draft. One morning shortly after graduating high school, he had a hangover and was plowing the "garden"... Mid-morning he told his father he was going to get some cigarettes and went to the recruiters office.... He always said that  he thought that -anything- the Germans threw at him had to be better than watching that mule's rear end all day...

I came along shortly after he came home. We lived with my Grandparents for a few years. I loved getting out and following him in the freshly cut furrows... He also had a buggy that his mule and later horse pulled... very 19th century... watching an equine produce road muffins is an educational experience that stays with one.... My Grandfather also had chickens who laid eggs everywhere... fun for kids to seek... he also would kill and clean them in the back yard for Sunday meals...

Sadly my kids never had that experience... But that was a world "Gone with the Wind"... like fog on a warming morning...

If you doubt my tales, remember "The future is already here. It's just unevenly distributed." You can see wisps of the past almost everywhere, if you look around...

 

 


rascal
(Toronto)
Posted: Apr 27, 2014 9:26
 

stirrin' my brandy with a nail
j1sey
Posted: Mar 28, 2014 16:08
 

Tom Waits is an American treasure.
oldsaxon
(Wales via Vancouver, BC.)
Posted: Mar 07, 2014 11:57
 

I love Tom.
Rofl_01
Posted: Feb 23, 2014 3:20
 

 Peter_Bradshaw wrote:
{#Heartkiss}{#Heartkiss}{#Heartkiss} 8>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>9
 
dito ^^
Peter_Bradshaw
(Salisbury)
Posted: Jan 22, 2014 9:01
 

{#Heartkiss}{#Heartkiss}{#Heartkiss}  8 >>>>>>> 9
JohnnySockhead
(Cajun Born, Hillbilly Bread)
Posted: Jan 22, 2014 7:22
 

Love this and I'm not a huge fan but this is one of those songs that is about more than the surface subject matter.