Tom Waits: Mule Variations (Epitaph)
Tom Cox, The Guardian, 16 April 1999
I'D HATE TO be the neighbourhood psycho on Tom Waits's street. You'd never quite feel safe, terrorised by those all-seeing, scarecrow eyes, observing your every twitch, filing away the haphazard patchwork of your tortured existence for a later date.
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