I was meditating on the gorgeous and sad music and lyrics for Knopfler’s Fish and the Bird. My husband has characterized it as a classic lament, and out of curiosity I did some surfing. It turns out that there is a Tom Waits tune with a similar title, and I wonder if the one (Knopfler) was written to honor the other (Waits).
Waits wrote Broken Bicycles several years ago, a shamelessly sweet and sad little song. Elvis Costello then worked into a medley with Paul McCartney’s Junk, and produced an album on which Anna-Sofie van Otter performed. Wow – that was an undertaking! From musical to opera singer by a former punk and serious geek! At any rate, the pairing was fantastic (check out the album – For the Stars).
I am told that Waits is a sort of reclusive character, which piques my curiosity further.