The piano and occasional strings and saxophone relentlessly reinforce this atmosphere. His language still sparkles, the one-liners still dazzle, but his purview remains stringently narrow. Unless he expands his musical foundations and investigates the themes of his world, Waits will remain an appealing, but limited, artist.
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The sub-title of the track "Four Sheets to the Wind in Copenhagen" seems to indicate that it is about a time that Waits spent in Copenhagen in while on a tour. There, he apparently met Danish singer Mathilde Bondo.
Indeed, in a radio interview, she confirmed that she met Waits and that they spent a night on the town together. Waits himself described the song's subject during a concert in Sydney, Australia in March "Uh, well I met this girl named Matilda.
And uh, I had a little too much to drink that night. This is about throwing up in a foreign country. He said the most wonderful thing about writing that song. He went down and hung around on skid row in L. He called me up and said, "I went down to skid row I bought a pint of rye. In a brown paper bag. Howe was amazed when he first heard the song, and he's still astonished by it.
They all say the same thing to me. That is brilliant, brilliant work. And he never mentions the person, but you see the person. The lyrics are about Waits' first job at Napoleone Pizza House in San Diego , which he began in , at the age of At the time of the recording of Small Change Waits was drinking more and more heavily, and life on the road was starting to take its toll on him.
Waits, looking back at the period said:. Audio, Cassette, October 17, "Please retry". Enhance your purchase. Frequently bought together. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List.
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