Blood Money


Tom Waits

Central Theme
Things are bad and they aren’t going to get any better.

Tom Waits is prolific, a brilliant lyricist, influential among the artistic elite and legendarily, he can’t sing. Waits steps into down-and-out characters with integrity and conscience. If you want to now what Charles Dickens would say about the plight of the poor and outcast today-listen to this album. The news is reported. It is not good. The lyrical darkness and melancholy is matched with whimsical music sets sounding like they were recorded at some cheap tawdry carnival in a seedy neighborhood. It fist Waits’ worldview and it is one shared by the economically, intellectually and spiritually disenfranchised everywhere.

Beliefs num
–The world is full of misery.
–If God and the devil are locked in battle, the devils going to win.
–Humans are unkind and will not help you.
–There is no use in being good or kind because everything is going to hell anyway.
–We don’t go to heaven if we are good.
–Everything is falling apart on earth and God is absent.

Questions Worth Discussing num
–Is Wait’s dark vision an accurate one?
–What kinds of people share Wait’s dark vision?
–What do you say to people who wonder where God is in the midst of all the misery and suffering in the world?

Provocative Quotes byline
–Misery is the river of the world.
==From Misery is the River of the World
–God builds a church, the devil builds a chapel.
== From Misery is the River of the World
–If there’s one thing you can say about mankind, there’s nothing kind about man.
==From Misery is the River of the World
–Why be sweet, why be kind everything is going to hell anyway.
==From Everything Goes to hell
–I don’t believe you go to heaven when you are good.
==From Everything Goes to hell
–There’s a leak in the boiler room, the ship is sinking and God is away on business.
==From God’s Away on Business.
–If you’re looking for someone to pull you out of that ditch, you’re out of luck.
–Life’s a mistake all day long.
==Starving in the Belly of a Whale.

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