Singer songwriter. America's largest consumer of bourbon and cigarettes.
Every time you listen to Tom Waits, a midget in a top hat rides a tricycle.
by Jon Dore November 01, 2009
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1. A hobo whimsy best expressed by a musical and lyrical genius that is legendary and rich with sly legerdemain. A Gypsy talent.

2. A national treasure usually found roughing it among vagrant campfires, eating baked beans, singing verses of box cars and Martha, playing harmonica that is kept in his coat's breast pocket on cold nights.

3. A dancing set of bones--such as the Elephant Man--summoned up from the dead to take the listener on an eerie ride, i.e. the Gospel Train on Halloween.
"Tom Waits for no man. But I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy." --Nick Cave to Henry Mancini
by Lace Valentine October 30, 2004
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An artist that writes great songs that are covered by artists like the Eagles and Rod Stewart, yet still remains in the background of mainstream music.

see Tommy the Cat
by JohnnyT October 10, 2004
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Gravel-voiced singer/songwriter from the 70's, 80's, 90's and today. His albums from the 1970's include music mostly from the jazz and folk background. (see Foreign Affairs, Closing Time) In the 1980's and early 1990's, Waits became more of a carnival-style poet, writing songs with crazy rhythms, archaic instruments, and mesmerizing lyrics. (see Rain Dogs, Swordfishtrombones, Bone Machine) Today, Waits has created an interesting mixture of all his previous styles, most apparent on the albums Blood Money and Mule Variations. His latest album, Real Gone, is made up of Afro-Caribbean rhythms and beats, dropping his lifelong instrument of choice, the piano. An indie-cult favorite.
The Waits discography: Real Gone*, ('04) Blood Money*, ('02) Alice, ('02) Mule Variations*, ('99) The Black Rider, ('93) Bone Machine*, ('92) Franks Wild Years, ('87) Rain Dogs*, ('85) Swordfishtrombones*, ('83) Heartattack and Vine*, ('80) Blue Valentine*, ('78) Foreign Affairs*, ('77) Small Change*, ('76) Nighthawks at the Diner, ('75) The Heart of Saturday Night*, ('74) Closing Time*. ('73)
* = key albums
by Pfau November 24, 2004
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a musician of multiple genres started from 1970-present. he is probably one of the most underapperciated artists of all time and the most famous person nobody has heard off.

must listens are albums "rain dogs", "mule variations", "orphans brawlers bawlers and bastards".
he talks like tom waits.

he dresses like tom waits

you should listen to tom waits
by Zack Briscoe January 24, 2009
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Buying two cans of sweet tea in the morning, pouring whiskey from your flask into aforementioned sweet tea. Tom Waits Breakfast.
You: Why are you pouring that whiskey from your flask into that can of sweet tea at 10:00 am?
Me: I'm making myself a Tom Waits Breakfast
You: Can I have one?
Me: Sure.
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