Toads, today we are spending some time with legendary singer/songwriter Tom Waits. This song is called "All The World is Green," from his record Blood Money (2002). He performed the song on Late Night With David Letterman. The video is long because Letterman's interview with him is included after the song. It's worth watching as Tom Waits is smart and entertaining, but the song is first, and it's about 3.5 minutes long.
The lyrics to "All The World Is Green" can be found here. You can listen to the studio version, reading along, if you like.
For all my love of words and music, I feel ill-equipped to describe Tom Waits for those who may be unfamiliar. One viewer commented on this performance over at YouTube: "His voice has mansions, mountains, caves, and caverns inside it." That's about right. And he is a brilliant songwriter and musician. You might also like to check out his latest CD, Bad As Me.
Here is some wit and wisdom from Tom Waits that I know all Toads will appreciate (and more can be found at his website, here):
"I love Burroughs. He's like a metal desk. He's like a still, and everything that comes out of him is already whiskey."
"My father was an exhaust manifold and my mother was a tree."
"It's interesting to write on instruments you don't understand."
"Writing songs is like capturing birds without killing them. Sometimes you end up with nothing but a mouthful of feathers."
"Poetry is a very dangerous word."