Some Rock Hall of Famers pen lyrics with crayons, and others with chalk. Back in February, we learned that Tom Waits was working on his first new album since 2004's Real Gone. Now we have evidence of Waits' new music: On the singer's official site, Waits posted a "peek at a lyric from new Tom Waits' album." The three lines unveiled: "No good you say? Well, that's good enough for me. You're the same kind of bad as me." Rhyming "me" with "me," daring stuff.
You can actually hear Waits' battered, whiskey-soaked voice reciting those lines in your head as you read it. It's simple, no hefty metaphors to untwine, but these three lines set the framework for what appears to be the tale of another street urchin love affair that Waits has been telling for four decades. No word yet when Waits' new album is coming out, but if he's writing all his lyrics in chalk, it'll probably take awhile.
- Tom Waits