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Yet another Waits wednesday...

MP3 Tom Waits - "Kommienezuspadt"
This week has been feeling very weird to me thus far, so I thought I'd whip out one of Tom Waits' stranger moments, from 2002's Alice. I have no idea what he's saying, and there are no lyrics provided in the liner notes (though every other song has them). However, this song conjures up an image of Waits as a maniacal factory foreman, his menacing laugh frightening hordes of oompa-loompas or doozers or smurf-like little things as they brew up some nasty evil marshmallow stew, or something bizarre & other-worldly like that. It's strange & fun & great.

MP3 The Outlaw Four - "Million Dollar Legs"
What, oh what to go along w/nonesensical Waitsian rantings? How about old-school Connecticut hip-hop? This is my favorite track from the very solid & entertaining Third Unheard compilation [read the Pitchfork review]. For some reason, I can't help but think of that old "Bulletproof Legs" sketch from Late Night w/Conan O'Brien. I know, it's odd - but that's my mood.
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Blogger UVS @ 6/10/2004 04:39:00 AM:

Hi, the words are German, in real German written like this: Komme nie zu spät - which means "never come too late". Other words I can hear are "sei glücklich", meaning "be happy"    

Blogger mr gilbert @ 6/10/2004 05:35:00 AM:

thanks for the translation. can any other speakers from deutschland out there provide some further insight...?    

Blogger Alan Williamson @ 6/10/2004 01:49:00 PM:

A Tom Waits song is always welcome - good to see and better to hear.

Anonymous Anonymous @ 6/10/2004 07:12:00 PM:

sei punklicht=be punctual

don't come so late
be punctual!    

Anonymous Anonymous @ 8/26/2007 07:29:00 PM:

The album is, of course, Tom's take on Alice in Wonderland. Kommienezuspadt, meaning "Don't be Late" or "can't be late," is his representation of the White Rabbit in his panicked state at the beginning of the story over being late to an appointment with the Queen of Hearts, which would, of course, result in the ol' "off with his head." The song was written in Germany during the early sessions for the album, hence the german language and industrial, almost nazi-esque feel of the tune. Hope this is still a relevant post three years after the oringinal post. . . Stumbled acfross the thread on google. though I could shed some light on it if anyone was still curious.    

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