Blind Love (Live in Stockholm 1987)


"Thank you. Iíd like to... eh, thanks. Iíd like to take this opportunity to introduce you intimately to individual members of the fluorescence this evening. Tonight to my left, I present, with great courage, a man whoís meant more to our country than anybody I can... come up with immediately. Not only on all of the saxophones tonight, the baritone, the horn as well as the clarinet, the bass clarinet, the marimba, the harmonica... heís a multi-instrumentalist, I think thatís clear. Ladies and gentlemen, the inimitable, the uncompromising, from Brooklyn, New York, on Burle Avenue: RALPH CARNEY! (Big applause)

"Now, ladies and gentlemen, please direct your attention towards the rear, not exactly the rear, just *towards* the rear. Ladies and gentlemen, the man in the four dollar jacket, the man that everyone says spends too much money on clothes. Ladies and gentlemen, heís starting to look a lot like Charlton Heston, and that can be a real asset when youíre back in the States. Ladies and gentlemen, on the upright bass and the Vox electric. He made that little son-of-a-bitch all by himself, from things he found around the house. He calls it Ďthe basstardaí. Ladies and gentlemen, the inimitable... Mr GREG COHEN! (Big applause)

"Now ladies and gentlemen, please direct your attention to the direct rear behind me, not *my* rear, just over my head and beyond. Ladies and gentlemen, the man responsible for everything that goes clang and thunder, even when itís not supposed to go clang and thunder, even in great moments of silence, even in great moments of restitution. Ladies and gentlemen, on the drums tonight. Ladies and gentlemen, the man who was born off the coast of Utah. All right. Ladies and gentlemen, on the drums tonight: Mr MICHAEL BLAIR! (Big applause)

"And now, ladies and gentlemen, I want you to direct your attention to my right, to my rear, towards the back, next to Michael. Ladies and gentlemen, on the guitar this evening, as well as the banjo and the trumpet. From New York City, the guy who plays guitar to scare your mom. The man who makes trapezoids and hyperboloids. The king of romance. Ladies and gentlemen, on the guitar: MARC RIBOT! (Big applause and a little Ď007 Themeí on the bass and drums)

"This evening, Ladies and gentlemen, on the keyboards. That includes the accordion. Ladies and gentlemen, the man from Zanzibar, the man who speaks no English, the man who has no passport. The man is a fire hazard, letís face it. But he has absolutely no idea what Iím saying right now, heís never spoken a word of English in his life. Weíre doing his mom a favor, we brought him on the road. Heís making some money to send back. She needs an operation, and weíre doing what we can to help. Ladies and gentlemen, from Zanzibar tonight: WILLIE THE SQUEEZE! (Big applause; he means Willie Schwartz)
Thank you. All right. Thatís a big favor..."

(The song starts)

"Iím so hard on you (?)
I tell myself to love your memory (?)
We never knew where weíre going
Hold on tight to your dreams
When you get far enough away
Youíll be on your way back home
Well, Iím at the station
Canít get on the train

Must be blind love
The only kind of love is stone blind love
Itís your blind love
Only kind of love is stone blind love
With your blind love
Your stone blind love
Itís your blind love
Just your stone blind love.....

...Thank you very much! And good night!"


Words and music by Tom Waits
©1985 Jalma Music Inc.


Audience recording from Stockholm, November 27, 1987


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