TOM WAITS - Shore Leave
You can smell it, you can feel it. The Far East, the humidity, the smell of sewage, the smell of garlic and coriander, the music blaring, the buzz, the girls....this song brings you right there in the heart of the action. Tom Waits is a bit like Marmite, with a voice 'soaked in bourbon', bring on a doorstop 'Vegemite' sandwich, I say! When he is good he is very good but, when he is bad, you leave the country. You are probably familiar with some of his songs that have been covered, 'Downtown Train' by Rod Stewart (goes to show, give Rod a good song and he will deliver) 'Jersey Girl' by Bruce Springsteen, Brilliant. Although these covers are good, the originals are a joy to hear and superior.
There is a line referring to a 'Blood Bank' and it reminds me of time in Jeddah, when every few months you could go and give blood for 500 riyals (about £50) and I got an extra 100 as I was -O. A quick cup of tea and a biscuit then straight from Erfan Hospital direct to 747 records and have a feast of Cd's and a great pre-weekend session.
'I'm paying for the 'Pizza Sheikh' tonight folks'.
Some might say that this is a bit like selling a concert ticket for a prophet, if you can't go. Is there a 'moral' issue here, what do you think?
Cd's and Pizza don't come for free.
Below is a live version of the song from a Movie called 'Big Time'
PROTECTION WARNING for the weak - don't watch if you are not ready, and can't handle it.
WEDNESDAY CLUB - Tom Waits - Shore Leave
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