Song #29: “Black Wings”

Tom Waits is heard in my house more than anyone else, so he gets two entries on the big 30 Songs list.

I can understand how Tom Waits isn’t everyone’s cup of coffee. He’s got a style that leaves most people wondering, “What the hell is that?” He doesn’t make radio-friendly music. I doubt “Black Wings” was ever a big hit. (These are good things, by the way.)

My appreciation for what he does evolved from following his growth as an artist, and watching him continue to grow. The Tom Waits of the 1970s is not the Tom Waits of the 21st century, and yet it’s all Tom Waits.

Here’s one of his milder, less possessed performances: “All The World is Green.”

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Phillip Cairns is a beekeeper in St. John's, Newfoundland, who writes about beekeeping at

3 Replies to “Song #29: “Black Wings””

  1. The guy’s an incredible poet. “Lookin’ for the Heart of Saturday Night”. What can you say?
    “Nighthawks at the Diner”. One thing that I keep remembering is, probably because they now have decided to call the Parksville-Qualicum area “Oceanside” for some reason, maybe for tourist dollars, is the truck driving song including the phrase ” Oceanside, it ends the ride with San Clemente coming up.”

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