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** The various-artists compilation album ''Son Of Rogues Gallery'' has Tom and Keith singing "Shenandoah" together as a duet.



* ImproperlyParanoid: The narrator of the poem "What's He Building In There?" is paranoid of his neighbor, with increasingly weird ([[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness maybe imagined,]] maybe not) factoids that present the neighbor as evil such as never waving as he passes, never watering his lawn, sending a lot of packages, supposedly working before in Indonesia, [[BreadEggsMilkSquick and the narrator swearing he heard someone moaning inside the house]]. The poem ends with the narrator saying "we have a right to know", meaning he's about to barge into the neighbor's house and get answers (whichever they are, of course, remains a RiddleForTheAges).

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* ImproperlyParanoid: The narrator of the poem "What's He Building In There?" is paranoid of his neighbor, with increasingly weird ([[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness maybe imagined,]] maybe not) factoids details that present the neighbor as evil such as never waving as he passes, never watering his lawn, sending a lot of packages, supposedly working before in Indonesia, [[BreadEggsMilkSquick and the narrator swearing he heard someone moaning inside the house]]. The poem ends with the narrator saying "we have a right to know", meaning he's about to barge into the neighbor's house and get answers (whichever they are, of course, remains a RiddleForTheAges).


* ''Film/TheImaginariumOfDoctorParnassus'' as Mr Nick

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* ''Film/TheImaginariumOfDoctorParnassus'' as [[LouisCypher Mr NickNick]]



* ''Film/TheBalladOfBusterScruggs'' as Prospector

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* ''Film/TheBalladOfBusterScruggs'' as Prospector{{Prospector}}



* AntiLoveSong: Several examples.

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* AntiLoveSong: Several examples. The most on-the-nose is probably "I Hope That I Don't Fall In Love With You".


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* {{Prospector}}: His character in ''Film/TheBalladOfBusterScruggs''


References to Waits were a RunningGag on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''.

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References to Waits were a RunningGag on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''.
''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' and continue on ''Podcast/RiffTrax'', mostly because [[AuthorAppeal Kevin Murphy is a big fan]].



* BadassBoast: "Goin' Out West" from ''Music/BoneMachine'' is all about his character boasting about his looks and how badass he is, specifically saying he knows karate and voodoo and can handle himself in a high speed chase. He's got the scars and chest hair to prove it.

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* BadassBoast: "Goin' Out West" from ''Music/BoneMachine'' is all about his character boasting about his looks and how badass he is, specifically saying he knows karate and voodoo and can handle himself in a high speed chase. He's got the scars and chest hair to prove it. In a twist, he's mostly bragging about the ''appearance'' of being a badass; if you listen closely you'll realize it's all about being a movie star ("I ain't no extra, baby, I'm a leading man").


* TheCoverChangesTheMeaning: His version of "[[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs Heigh Ho]]" has been described as "the theme tune for midget slave labor." [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUokR-lXmlc Take a listen and see if you don't agree.]]

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* TheCoverChangesTheMeaning: His version of "[[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs "[[WesternAnimation/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs Heigh Ho]]" has been described as "the theme tune for midget slave labor." [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUokR-lXmlc Take a listen and see if you don't agree.]]



** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUokR-lXmlc Here's]] the most disturbing cover of [[Disney/SnowWhite a Disney song]] ever recorded. Appropriately, the album's called ''Stay Awake''.

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** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUokR-lXmlc Here's]] the most disturbing cover of [[Disney/SnowWhite [[WesternAnimation/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs a Disney song]] ever recorded. Appropriately, the album's called ''Stay Awake''.



* SoundtrackDissonance: A meta example. À la Music/PinkFloyd and ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', a fan synced Waits' albums ''Foreign Affair'' and ''Blood Money'' with, unbelievably... Disney's ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}.'' The scariest part? It works ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGc2qHfS--o perfectly.]]''

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* SoundtrackDissonance: A meta example. À la Music/PinkFloyd and ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', a fan synced Waits' albums ''Foreign Affair'' and ''Blood Money'' with, unbelievably... Disney's ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}.''WesternAnimation/{{Pinocchio}}.'' The scariest part? It works ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGc2qHfS--o perfectly.]]''


* [[spoiler:SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: At the end of "The Piano's Been Drinking", the ''entire song'' is revealed to be one.]]

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* [[spoiler:SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: At the end of "The Piano's Been Drinking", the ''entire song'' is revealed to be one.]]

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* JobSong: "I Can't Wait to Get Off Work (and See My Baby on Montgomery Avenue)" is sung from the perspective of a man who does odd jobs about how he wishes he was at home with the woman he misses.

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** "Step Right Up" is a cross between this and PatterSong. The words and even most of the sentences are not exactly nonsense ''per se'', but it's very clear that the narrator of the song is just stringing words together as rapidly as possible to keep your attention. For example, "We need your business, we're going out of business, we'll give you the business, get on the business end of our going-out-of-business sale"

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** Know Music/TheEagles' song "Ol' 55"? ... not so fast. Waits is not exactly a fan of the Eagles' take on it, which he regards as "fairly antiseptic".

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* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: "The Earth Died Screaming".

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* ImproperlyParanoid: The narrator of the poem "What's He Building In There?" is paranoid of his neighbor, with increasingly weird ([[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness maybe imagined,]] maybe not) factoids that present the neighbor as evil such as never waving as he passes, never watering his lawn, sending a lot of packages, supposedly working before in Indonesia, [[BreadEggsMilkSquick and the narrator swearing he heard someone moaning inside the house]]. The poem ends with the narrator saying "we have a right to know", meaning he's about to barge into the neighbor's house and get answers (whichever they are, of course, remains a RiddleForTheAges).


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* ''Film/QueensLogic'' as Monty.


His work can be divided into two periods, his jazzy, lounge singer period, lasting from the '70s to the early '80s, and the reinvented, experimental sound of 1983's "Music/{{Swordfishtrombones}}" album on, and his shift to a mysterious, Carnival-and-Sinister-Junkman persona. This shift was caused by his abandonment by Asylum Records, his breakup with Rickie Lee Jones and his marriage to his co-songwriter and muse Kathleen Brennan. Brennan introduced him to the music of Music/CaptainBeefheart, whose influence can be seen in "Swordfishtrombone" and later albums.

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His work can be divided into two periods, distinct eras: his jazzy, lounge singer period, lasting from the '70s to the early '80s, and the reinvented, experimental sound of 1983's "Music/{{Swordfishtrombones}}" ''Music/{{Swordfishtrombones}}'' album on, and his shift to a mysterious, Carnival-and-Sinister-Junkman persona. This shift was caused by his abandonment by Asylum Records, his breakup with Rickie Lee Jones and his marriage to his co-songwriter and muse Kathleen Brennan. Brennan introduced him to the music of Music/CaptainBeefheart, whose influence can be seen in "Swordfishtrombone" and later albums.

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