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DocStrangelove
(Ottawa)
Posted: May 18, 2017 15:49
 

love is the only thing I've ever known...
{#Bananajam}
oldman
(Lost in Northern Virginia)
Posted: Mar 18, 2017 16:27
 

 thediceareloaded wrote:
Tom Waits basically doing a Johnny Cash song. What's not to like here?

 
Many different songs named "Long Way Home" this one was written by Mr. Waits, and Kathleen Brennan his wife.
"The Long Way Home" is another song name of which there appears to be several versions (a google search really surprised me on that) I had forgotten about the Supertramp version! There is also a Roseanne Cash / John Leventhal song that is very recent. (Good album , too!)
The most familiar version from my early days,  that I know is the Waylon Jennings "I'm A Long Way From Home" which I think he wrote. Again I was surprised how many versions came up and I'm afraid I did not take the time to listen to them for differences. But I think the Jennings version is the one I remember that Johnny did early in his career. 
For fear of making a blanket statement that someone will find an exception.
As far as I know there are some constants in life.
Aside from death and Taxes.
Usually you can count on the following artists/song writers, do not do covers: (not counting concerts)
Tom Waits
Bruce Springsteen
Neil Young
Joni Mitchell
Leonard Cohen
Patty Griffen
Rodney Crowell
Lucinda Williams (?)
The list goes on, other people do covers of their songs.
Please feel free to add to this list.
Recently I've seen people credit someone who has done a cover of a song (and may very well own the song by default because of an excellent cover version, Johnny's version of "Hurt" written by Trent Reznor, springs to mind, Emmy Lou Harris version of "Where Will I Be" is another), but giving credit to the wrong artist for writing and indeed doing their own song.
Which like it or not, it is their song, and really they can do it like they originally heard it in their head.
Sorry it just bugs me that credit is given to the wrong artists for writing a song that a very quick search could reveal who wrote it, particularly when some artists never do covers of other peoples songs.
 

thediceareloaded
(Berlin)
Posted: Aug 15, 2016 13:39
 

Tom Waits basically doing a Johnny Cash song. What's not to like here?
kellipeter05
Posted: Jul 13, 2016 8:56
 

Blech. Can I vom now?  
jkamm14
(NJ, USA)
Posted: Jul 13, 2016 8:56
 

I agree too!

NoEnzLefttoSplit wrote:
Grr... I have wanted to rant on this for a long time... 

ALL singing is contrived in some sense or another. Tom Waits gets EXACTLY the sound he is looking for. He knows precisely what he wants and he's spent a long time perfecting it. For me this is no different to a classically trained singer. Have you ever listened to a really good soprano or tenor? It is EXACTLY the same thing.. they are looking for a certain sound and invest a huge amount of time getting there. And most professional singers I know have a really high regard for singers like Tom Waits. Ok, so your benchmark might be clarity of tone, closing the vocal chords, getting rid of that breathiness most people naturally have when they sing. But by crikey, that is not the only benchmark out there.  But then are aiming at singing Lieder or opera. At a guess, Tom Waits isn't aiming for that genre.

 

 


A_Radio_Head
(Minneapolis)
Posted: May 26, 2016 14:14
 

 {#Clap} I second that rant!
NoEnzLefttoSplit wrote:
Grr... I have wanted to rant on this for a long time... 

ALL singing is contrived in some sense or another. Tom Waits gets EXACTLY the sound he is looking for. He knows precisely what he wants and he's spent a long time perfecting it. For me this is no different to a classically trained singer. Have you ever listened to a really good soprano or tenor? It is EXACTLY the same thing.. they are looking for a certain sound and invest a huge amount of time getting there. And most professional singers I know have a really high regard for singers like Tom Waits. Ok, so your benchmark might be clarity of tone, closing the vocal chords, getting rid of that breathiness most people naturally have when they sing. But by crikey, that is not the only benchmark out there.  But then are aiming at singing Lieder or opera. At a guess, Tom Waits isn't aiming for that genre.

 

 


helgigermany
(Germany)
Posted: May 10, 2016 10:45
 

Awful!
NoEnzLefttoSplit
Posted: Apr 24, 2016 11:26
 

Grr... I have wanted to rant on this for a long time... 

ALL singing is contrived in some sense or another. Tom Waits gets EXACTLY the sound he is looking for. He knows precisely what he wants and he's spent a long time perfecting it. For me this is no different to a classically trained singer. Have you ever listened to a really good soprano or tenor? It is EXACTLY the same thing.. they are looking for a certain sound and invest a huge amount of time getting there. And most professional singers I know have a really high regard for singers like Tom Waits. Ok, so your benchmark might be clarity of tone, closing the vocal chords, getting rid of that breathiness most people naturally have when they sing. But by crikey, that is not the only benchmark out there.  But then are aiming at singing Lieder or opera. At a guess, Tom Waits isn't aiming for that genre.

 
Eagle25000
Posted: Apr 08, 2016 9:14
 

 hayduke2 wrote:

Right on!  Well stated i4niblind  : )     (clink!)

 
Totally agree with you sir!
 
hayduke2
(Southampton, NY)
Posted: Mar 07, 2016 15:26
 

 i4niblind wrote:
Ahhh.  Tom Waits.   Genius lyricist.  Outstanding sonic engineer.  Seems to me you must have absolutely no imagination if you don't like this guy.  

 
Right on!  Well stated i4niblind  : )     (clink!)
odopop
(Wiesbaden, Germany)
Posted: Feb 05, 2016 0:49
 

There are artist and music styles I simply cannot connect to. This is one of them...
Zeekei
(In the Dutch mountains)
Posted: Feb 05, 2016 0:47
 

Outclasses all covers. Tom Waits rules! {#Meditate}
hayduke2
(Southampton, NY)
Posted: Jan 20, 2016 9:16
 

 dsd wrote:
Great songs like this can bind so tightly to the vocals that everything seems just perfect.  I know in my head that Waits can't sing.  But  this song knows better.    

 
"clink" Cheers to that dsd! Well stated
idiot_wind
Posted: Jan 04, 2016 12:50
 

The piano has been drinking, not him....
ScottN
(An inch above the K/T boundary. But smth near fracking still has appeal.)
Posted: Nov 23, 2015 11:40
 

 steeler wrote:
One of our greatest composers of his era.

 
Indeed. This song is a gem from his many...
steeler
(Perched on the precipice of the cauldron of truth)
Posted: Oct 02, 2015 13:55
 

One of our greatest composers of his era.
Jesmonde
Posted: Jul 31, 2015 20:56
 

I know and love this song, now I have to see this movie!
tonispizzeria
Posted: Jul 16, 2015 7:19
 

Ja genau Tom Rumbel di Bumbel
dsd
(PDX)
Posted: Jun 30, 2015 17:04
 

As a non-Waits fan I must acknowledge that this is just gorgeous!
hayduke2
(Southampton, NY)
Posted: Mar 27, 2015 18:03
 

he's that rumbly, grainy voiced angel without wings, there in the smoky rooms with low-wattage lights, laughs and tunes and sharp eyes lookin' you up and down, "clink" here's to you my friend! now where'd that delicious little piano player head-off to without kissin' uncle Tom, "nuther round Barry!"
pankman
(Old Europe)
Posted: Mar 12, 2015 0:39
 

Wow, the best Tom Waits song I've heard until today. This is worth a solid 3.
hempmandan
(Menlo Park, CA)
Posted: Mar 12, 2015 0:35
 

Storyteller...he is the vein...
 
Webfoot
(Eugene, Oregon)
Posted: Dec 23, 2014 9:44
 

 VV wrote:
Call me crazy but I'm partial to singers who can actually sing. Not sure what this is called...

 
You are crazy.  {#Propeller}
hencini
Posted: Oct 21, 2014 19:54
 

 Utopia_Bold wrote:
He sounds like he swallowed a shovel full of gravel.

 

I know. Pretty cool, huh? 
hencini
Posted: Oct 21, 2014 19:53
 

 ladron wrote:
I'm a big fan of singers that are deeply musical without having a perfect instrument to work with. I don't like everything Tom Waits does, but this song is pretty great.

 

Well put. 

And I agree.  
ladron
(:O)
Posted: Oct 21, 2014 19:48
 

I'm a big fan of singers that are deeply musical without having a perfect instrument to work with. I don't like everything Tom Waits does, but this song is pretty great.
VV
Posted: Oct 06, 2014 9:47
 

Call me crazy but I'm partial to singers who can actually sing. Not sure what this is called...
CoYoT51
(Lima, Perú et aussi, parfois, Dans Ton Cul !)
Posted: Jul 20, 2014 3:35
 

It is Tom Waits??? R U kidding, Bill? I thought it was Alison Krauss!!!   ;D
Jannne
(Tasmania 42 degrees South)
Posted: May 18, 2014 9:20
 

 dsd wrote:
Great songs like this can bind so tightly to the vocals that everything seems just perfect.  I know in my head that Waits can't sing.  But  this song knows better.    

 
...agreed.....a fair comment dsd
dsd
(PDX)
Posted: Mar 26, 2014 9:24
 

Great songs like this can bind so tightly to the vocals that everything seems just perfect.  I know in my head that Waits can't sing.  But  this song knows better.    
Proclivities
(Paris of the Piedmont)
Posted: Mar 26, 2014 9:07
 

 Sweet_Virginia wrote:
Love it. My fav from Tom. You can hear the burden of his life and experience in his song - and appreciate why it has been a long way home (and why he is looking for refuge). Often vocals are more than sounding nice.

 
Exactly.  All visual art does not have to be 'pretty' either.
Cyclerider
Posted: Mar 16, 2014 12:33
 

Great vocal, full of character.  Simple, spacious arrangement perfectly complements it.
Utopia_Bold
Posted: Mar 16, 2014 12:28
 

He sounds like he swallowed a shovel full of gravel.
On_The_Beach
(The Blue Planet)
Posted: Feb 12, 2014 19:32
 

 MrRedwood wrote:
Folks that think a voice needs to sound pretty, or at least smooth, miss out on some of the best music out there. Waits is certainly an acquired taste, but like a shot of good Rye, the experience is one I delight in.
 
Amen. I get so tired of the whiny comments about singers with distinctive but imperfect voices (Waits, Dylan, Young, Cohen et al).
Run along and listen to your generic auto-tuned entertainment androids.
MrRedwood
(San Francisco)
Posted: Feb 12, 2014 18:57
 

Folks that think a voice needs to sound pretty, or at least smooth, miss out on some of the best music out there. Waits is certainly an acquired taste, but like a shot of good Rye, the experience is one I delight in.
Gazraman
Posted: Jan 27, 2014 23:55
 

Tom waits has always sounded like a singer doing an impression of someone else to me, like when people try to do Louis Armstrong. Nah. 
Peter_Bradshaw
Posted: Jan 12, 2014 0:38
 

{#Heartkiss}{#Heartkiss} Tom's the "Dog's"
stunix
(You have to rate the bad ones to make the good ones you rated count.)
Posted: Dec 11, 2013 3:31
 

 You can hear Toms influence in Roger Waters recent vocal offerings. 
islander
(Seattle)
Posted: Nov 09, 2013 14:28
 

Money's just something you throw
Off the back of a train
Got a handful of lightening
A hatful of rain

Pure genius, sounds just fine to me as well. 
ArseneFurst
(England)
Posted: Oct 25, 2013 1:59
 

This is dire. If I want to hear gargling I go in the bathroom. 
 
Priapus
(Okeechobee, Florida)
Posted: Aug 17, 2013 8:37
 

 Grammarcop wrote:
Waits was on Letterman last night, hawking his latest album. 

 
You mean he was flying it around    wow         {grammarcop  how ironic}
Priapus
(Okeechobee, Florida)
Posted: Aug 17, 2013 8:30
 

How 'bout an Emotional Weather Report   ?
hayduke2
(Southampton, NY)
Posted: Aug 07, 2013 13:59
 


TW's poems always hit me closer to the heart then dear JaxBrown, no chardonay flavor with wizened Tom, more of a grumbly cold brew for this thirsty dog
Krispian
(Vancouver, BC)
Posted: Aug 07, 2013 13:52
 

 boober wrote:
My girlfriend(now my wife)and I caught Tom Waits at Trenton State College in 1977.He played in a small classroom to a crowd of about 75 people.I loved his show.After he and his band were finished I walked out with my girlfriend but decided to double back and see a friend(who was also was at the show).

To my surprise,Tom wasn't done with the show......he stepped outside the classroom with his band and was talking about the gig.

"Jesus christ.....I can't believe we just played this piece of shit"
"Like pulling teeth trying to get some applause" 
Then he sees me and my girlfriend and he says....."You missed the best show ever man"
I said...."We were at the show Tom....I thought you were done"
He says..... "Well now(puffing on a cigarrette)what do you think.....should we go back in and play an encore?.....I don't want to leave ALL those people hanging"
He(and his 4 piece band) went back in with me and my girlfriend right behind them.He's one of a kind!       

 
What a great story!
i4niblind
(St. John's, Newfoundland)
Posted: Jul 27, 2013 7:48
 

Ahhh.  Tom Waits.   Genius lyricist.  Outstanding sonic engineer.  Seems to me you must have absolutely no imagination if you don't like this guy.  
ubastard
(Comox, BC)
Posted: Jun 15, 2013 0:19
 

One of my favourites {#Angel}
boober
(KC,Mo)
Posted: Mar 18, 2013 13:57
 

My girlfriend(now my wife)and I caught Tom Waits at Trenton State College in 1977.He played in a small classroom to a crowd of about 75 people.I loved his show.After he and his band were finished I walked out with my girlfriend but decided to double back and see a friend(who was also was at the show).

To my surprise,Tom wasn't done with the show......he stepped outside the classroom with his band and was talking about the gig.

"Jesus christ.....I can't believe we just played this piece of shit"
"Like pulling teeth trying to get some applause" 
Then he sees me and my girlfriend and he says....."You missed the best show ever man"
I said...."We were at the show Tom....I thought you were done"
He says..... "Well now(puffing on a cigarrette)what do you think.....should we go back in and play an encore?.....I don't want to leave ALL those people hanging"
He(and his 4 piece band) went back in with me and my girlfriend right behind them.He's one of a kind!       
Lazarus
(Bethany)
Posted: Mar 18, 2013 13:43
 

 Cynaera wrote:

You have such a lyrical way of cutting through the bullshit. {#Lol}  I agree, though - his voice, these days, is definitely an acquired taste. I happen to love it and hate it. I love it because he's still singing. I hate it because he's done immeasurable harm to his vocal cords, and he won't stop. He'll probably die gritting out his incredible lyrics on a voice that gave up the ghost a decade ago.  Still, I love his music, and I'll sit through his near-monotone growling, because to me, he's just that good.

 

Miss you so much, Cynaera...

love this song...
 
d-don
(Oregon)
Posted: Mar 12, 2013 11:21
 

"Money's just something
to throw off the back of the train.
Got a head full of lightnin'
and a hat full of rain."

Say what you want about his vocals, I love his lyrics.
GarageDragon
Posted: Mar 12, 2013 11:20
 

Mr.  Waits,  can I get you a throat lozenge, sir?