Love his little dance at 3:09.
someone put a lot of thought and effort and care into this and for that they should commended, and possibly committed
|Old People |
I always liked this song, even though I'm not a big Tom Waits fan. I think it captures just how insane the Iraq war was, and how fucked up so many people in the Army become. Sometimes I'm glad I got out when I did.
I have a hell of a time dealing with music. A lot of my under standing and interpretation relies on others, pretty much every song gets strained through a reading from songmeanings.net.
Thanks Old People! I really need to get acquainted with Mr. Waits. I love him solely for being different, but a lot of his stuff flies over my head for some sad reason.
Take a look at the lyrics to this song- they're brutal. Reminds me of the time my whole squad was cooped up in the back of a Bradley fighting vehicle for an entire day. The dust seal was busted and everything was filthy and loud and claustrophobic, and I'd taken too much Ripped Fuel (thinking I needed to be fired up for an assault) and I was thinking to myself over and over again "how the fuck did it come to this? Humans were made for playing and running and eating and making love, and instead things have come to such a pass that men are cooped up in a metal box roaring around the desert looking for people to kill". It sounds trite as hell, but when these thoughts come to visit while you're on the front lines, they fucking hurt. Up until then I'd been pretty fired up about combat; afterwards I often found myself thinking if I get crippled out here over this bullshit I will never forgive myself. Later I saw two guys at Fort Benning whose faces had been burnt off, like Freddy Krueger, and neither could have been more than 25 years old.
The real kicker is that after I got out of the Army, life was so fucking boring that I missed being at war.
Dang. That beats my "girls are mean" life story.
I'm sure you've seen Hurt Locker, with the grocery store scene at the end, etc....?
I love that movie; the combat scenes are silly but otherwise it captures the look and feel of Iraq, and the Army of the time, better than any other film. As to the supermarket scene, I know guys who've felt the way the main character does in the scene, but honestly the first supermarket I went to when I got back felt like paradise- I bought about $500 of booze and stupid sugary/fatty shit and was perfectly happy.
This was fantastic.
|Sanest Man Alive |
Five for Tom Waits and five for Cookie Monster. WHY CAN'T I GIVE TEN
|Jet Bin Fever |
The first time I watched this I actually forgot I was in horrible pain from a herniated disc (Really! ) And then being up and about seems to have changed muscle tension and circulation back there or something and I'm actually OK now, so I'm going to watch this once or twice an hour. Did my laundry too, hanging it outside to dry, and then took a shower-- I never do that!
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