Nobody But You

I was in the middle of a dream, and in my dream I was in the middle of a Tom Waits rock video. It had been shot on high contrast black and white film stock. The night was dark and in an anonymous industrial wasteland a bunch of bums, freaks and winos were lurching around the bleached out flames leaping from a fire in an old oil drum. And I heard Mr Waits sing the lines, “He tries to gain a few inches, while she tries to lose a few pounds”. And then I woke up. It took me a while to establish that neither Tom Waits, nor anyone else, had used those lines in a song before, and I thought if he (or they) hadn’t, I might as well.

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