Tom Waits: list of some songs that were beacons to him & he's now The Devil too


Ago 12 2009, 13h04

I was reading Beck's interview with Tom Waits but there's a link of an interview he did all by himself which is so much better really, it's from May last year. It's here to read it in full

One question is: List some songs that were beacons for you? I've been looking at some of them here on so I'm just going to turn it into a journal. For some reason (I don't know why) I've started from the bottom to top anyway here goes:
Hava Nagila by Harry Belafonte
Empty Bed Blues by Bessie Smith
Wade in the Water by Big Mama Thornton or Wade In The Water by Mavis Staples or Wade In The Water by The Staple Singers or Wade in the Water by The Ramsey Lewis Trio or Wade in the Water by Ramsey Lewis
Trouble Man by Marvin Gaye
Harlem Shuffle by Bob & Earl
Mass In E Minor by Anton Bruckner or listen to here Mass in E Minor, WAB 27: I. Kyrie Mass in E Minor, WAB 27: II. Gloria Mass in E Minor, WAB 27: III. Credo Mass in E Minor, WAB 27: IV. Sanctus Mass in E Minor, WAB 27: V. Benedictus Mass in E Minor, WAB 27: VI. Agnus Dei
Oh, Holy Night by Billy Vaughn or Oh Holy Night by John Denver
Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing by Buffalo Springfield written by Neil Young
Theme from Once Upon a Time in America by Ennio Morricone
For What It´s Worth by Buffalo Springfield written by Stephen Stills
Walk Away Renee by The Four Tops or Walk Away Renee by The Left Banke
The Same Thing by Willie Dixon
Theme from Rawhide by Frankie Laine
Good Time Charlies Got The Blues by Danny O'Keefe
Substitute by The Who
In Dreams by Roy Orbison
96 Tears by Question Mark and the Mysterians
Raglan Road by The Dubliners or listen to The Young Dubliners Raglan Road
Bring a Little Water Sylvie by Leadbelly
Fairytale of New York by The Pogues
Restless Farewell by Bob Dylan or listen to Joan Baez Restless Farewell
I Just Want to See His Face by The Rolling Stones
Greensleeves by Odetta or listen to Greensleeves by John Coltrane
Pump It Up by Elvis Costello
Almost Blue by Elvis Costello
Sunday Morning Coming Down by Johnny Cash who first recorded it or the songwriter Kris Kristofferson Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down
You Win Again by Hank Williams
Hello Walls by Faron Young who first recorded it or the songwriter Willie Nelson Hello Walls
Hound Dog by Big Mama Thornton
Bring It On Home to Me by Sam Cooke
Nessun dorma by Giacomo Puccini
Crawlin' King Snake by John Lee Hooker
It's a Man's Man's Man's World by James Brown
Auld Lang Syne by John Fahey or Auld Lang Syne (Live) by Frank Sinatra & Dean Martin
Without A Song by Frank Sinatra or Without a Song by Sonny Rollins
Summertime by Billie Holiday or Summertime by George Gershwin
China Pig by Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
Shenandoah by Paul Robeson
Cause Of It All by Howlin' Wolf
All Shook Up by Otis Blackwell
Red Right Hand by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
You've Really Got A Hold On Me by The Miracles
Boris the Spider by The Who
Train Kept A-Rollin' by Tiny Bradshaw or listen to The Yardbirds Train Kept a Rollin'
Waltzing Matilda by Burl Ives or Waltzing Matilda by John Fahey or Waltzing Matilda by Josh White
Dirty Old Town by The Pogues
Danny Boy by Johnny Cash or Danny Boy by Glenn Miller or Danny Boy by Gracie Fields
Autumn Leaves by Jo Stafford
Moon River by Danny Williams
Who'll Stop the Rain by Creedence Clearwater Revival
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry by Hank Williams
Just Like a Woman by Bob Dylan or listen to Nina Simone Just Like a Woman
I Can't Stop Loving You by Ray Charles or I Can't Stop Loving You by Don Gibson
Georgia On My Mind by Ray Charles
Sophisticated Lady by Duke Ellington
Strange Fruit by Billie Holiday
Deportee (Plane Wreck) by Woody Guthrie
Ball 'N' Chain by Big Mama Thornton
Ringo by Lorne Greene
Wang Dang Doodle by Willie Dixon or listen to Wang Dang Doodle by Koko Taylor or Wang Dang Doodle by Howlin' Wolf
Prisoner of Love by Perry Como or Prisoner Of Love by James Brown
Just A Fool by Eddie Boyd
Louie Louie by The Kingsmen
Ode To Billy Joe by Bobbie Gentry
The Rite Of Spring by Igor Stravinsky
Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands by Bob Dylan or listen to Joan Baez Sad-Eyed Lady Of The Low lands
Come on in My Kitchen by Robert Johnson
Night Train by Jimmy Forrest
Soldier Boy by The Shirelles
You Really Got Me by The Kinks
El Paso by Marty Robbins
Pathetique Sonata: movement #1 (Beethoven) Pathetique Sonata: movement #2 (Beethoven) Pathetique Sonata: movement #3 (Beethoven) by off course Ludwig van Beethoven
Prelude No. 2 by George Gershwin
"If you ask me tomorrow the list would change, of course" say Tom Waits but how many time do you see such a great list of songs and I wish Tom Waits would make lists of songs every day of the week.

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus which is director by Terry Gilliam and the last role for Heath Ledger but what is even better is Tom Waits is The Devil!!! Here a photo from the film.
Envios pendentes
Tom Waits


  • thomas10

    Excellent list! I've listened all the songs. Beautiful! Thanks a lot!

    Ago 19 2009, 10h25
  • LieveK

    thanks for the interview link!

    Ago 31 2009, 14h35
  • LhasaCelestina

    Thanks for all those links!

    Set 28 2009, 20h06
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