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What is Tom Waits afraid of?

February 18, 2010

Tom Waits c. Adrian Boot

“I have been around the block. Slept with tigers and lions…I got drunk with Louis Armstrong, rolled craps in Las Vegas, been to the Kentucky Derby, seen the Brooklyn Dodgers play at the Ebbets Field, and I taught Mickey Mantle everything he knows….

“Actually I’m only afraid of a few things. I’m afraid I’m gonna be walking along some day in Los Angeles and drop into a manhole, and down there’s gonna be, like, five hundred unemployed bossa nova musicians and they’re gonna “Girl from Ipanema” me to death. Hasn’t happened to me yet. I tried to take out some Ipanema insurance, but they won’t cover you.”

-Tom Waits, in an interview with Zig Zag, July 1976

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