Read Tom Waits new poem to Keith Richards

"His urine is blue", Waits tells us

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Tom Waits has written a new poem, “A Likely Story“, about his friend Keith Richards.

The poem appears in a forthcoming Rolling Stone tribute, Keith Richards: The Ultimate Guide to His Music & Legend.

You can read the poem below.


Waits and Richards have worked together several times over the years, firstly on Waits’ Rain Dogs album in 1985, then 1992’s Bone Machine and most recently Bad As Me in 2011.

In May 2013, Waits joined the Rolling Stones on stage to perform a version of “Little Red Rooster”. Click here to watch some footage.

Richards will release a new solo album, Crosseyed Heart, on September 18; it is his first release under his own name since 1992’s Main Offender.


You can read our preview of Crosseyed Heart by clicking here.


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