The Piano Has Been Drinking
St. Catharines, Ontario
May 6, 2007 12:26pm CST
Most Saturday nights I listen to "Saturday Night Blues" on CBC Radio One and last night was no exception. Holger (the host) played a Tom Waits' song, recorded by Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, called "The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not Me)." I hadn't heard it before, but as soon as he announced it, I knew I was going to like it. It starts off: The piano has been drinking my neck tie is asleep and the combo went back to New York the juke box has to take a leak the carpet needs a haircut and continues in that vein. I think the piano's been doing more than drinking! But that'd be interesting to see, don't you think?
6 May 07
I love Tom Waits, his lyrics are sometimes rather zany. Have you heard Frank's Wild Years? Its only a short song, but so funny!! Here are the lyrics Well Frank settled down in the Valley and hung his wild years on a nail that he drove through his wife's forehead he sold used office furniture out there on San Fernando Road and assumed a $30,000 loan at 15 1/4% and put down payment on a little two bedroom place his wife was a spent piece of used jet trash made good bloody marys kept her mouth shut most of the time had a little Chihuahua named Carlos that had some kind of skin disease and was totally blind. They had a thoroughly modern kitchen self-cleaning oven (the whole bit) Frank drove a little sedan they were so happy One night Frank was on his way home from work, stopped at the liqu*r store, picked up a couple Mickey's Big Mouths drank 'em in the car on his way to the Shell station, he got a gallon of gas in a can, drove home, doused everything in the house, torched it, parked across the street, laughing, watching it burn, all Halloween orange and chimney red then Frank put on a top forty station got on the Hollywood Freeway headed north Never could stand that dog
• St. Catharines, Ontario
6 May 07
Yeah, I've heard it. In fact, I think I heard it just last week on the radio, or maybe it was two weeks ago. My cousin's husband is a big Tom Waits fan and has just about all his stuff on CD now. My cousin just isn't enlightened enough to appreciate Tom, but she did gift her hubbie with his latest CD this past Christmas.
• United States
6 May 07
That is very cute and I like it. A little on the silly side, but we can't be serious all the time we would be very boring if that were the case. I was badgered into getting an answering machine and as my act of rebelion I made a silly message....Hello this is the refrigerator the answering machine is on vacation, if you want to leave a message fell free and I will stick to myself with the magnet. Life is for having fun....lol.