Tom Waits Quotes & Trivia


Champagne for my real friends and real pain for my sham friends.

Commercials are an unnatural use of my work. It's like having a cow's udder sewn to the side of my face. Painful and humiliating.

Don't you know there ain't no devil, it's just god when he's drunk.

George Bush is a fan of mine, he came to see me in the Seventies. His coke dealer brought him.

I'd rather have a free bottle in front of me than a prefrontal lobotomy.

I'm just trying to make a buck like everyone else.

I'm so horny the crack of dawn better watch out.

It's hard to win when you always lose.

The big print giveth and the small print taketh away.

The piano has been drinking, not me.

Their memory's like a train: you can see it getting smaller as it pulls away And the things you can't remember Tell the things you can't forget that History puts a saint in every dream.


Tom Waits was the first artist to successfully sue a company for using an impersonator without permission.

He's listed as a composer on the soundtrack to the 1996 movie Dead Man Walking.

He made his movie debut in 1978 as Mumbles in Paradise Alley.

Tom's favorite sound is bacon frying in a pan.

He worked with Mark Oliver Everett on the Eels record Blinking Lights And Other Revelations (2005).

At the age of 21, Tom started recording his songs after moving to Los Angeles.

Tom Waits is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor.