The Piano's Been Drinking

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    So, if you know me, you know that I'm a pretty big Tom Waits fan. I've always admired that he seems to have written songs for every conceivable situation. Saturday night and you have no plans beyond spending it with a six pack and looking down on the traffic from your apartment? Anything off "The Heart of Saturday Night" will do. Going over seas and you're not quite sure if you're ever coming back? "Foreign Affairs" off of the album with the same name fits the bill nicely, but then again, so would "Lost at the Bottom of the World" and about three other songs I can think of that he's written.

    So for this Monday, I had a hard time picking out which one I'd set up for you. It was going to be him doing "The Piano's Been Drinking" off of an old talk show that Martin Mull did in the 70's, but I like this one right now. If you grew up in the 80's, you might remember Rod Stewart singing a gruff little ballad that was a better song than he had the right to sing. Tom Waits wrote that one, and here it is.

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    1. baltic_86 (mostly off) 73 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Your Preferred Picture, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    2. Vina the Great 73 months ago | reply

      beautiful wreck of a piano

      Waits toured Europe some time ago, sadly the theatre in Belgium was very small, the tickets expensive and it sold out almost immediately. I hope I get to see him next time. I hope there will be a next time.

    3. moogieman 73 months ago | reply

      i love old pianos. I love that you can get them free off craigslist. I wonder the stories that this ivory could tell, whos touched it, tickled its keys, made it sing...

    4. kevin_francis 73 months ago | reply

      great shot!

      Your Image Truly Is:

      Better Than Good

    5. The crazy Colombian 67 months ago | reply

      Hello Hryckowian,

      this is just a short note to say a big 'Thank You' for making your photograph available under a Creative Commons (attribution) license. I recently used it for a literary/photographic experiment of mine: a book (print and online versions available) that tells my story in pictures (It is called Zen and the art of photographic story-telling) and I have used your photo on the Art page.

      Thanks again for your generosity,

      The crazy colombian

    6. Eddi van W. 65 months ago | reply

      Hallo, ich bin der Administrator der Gruppe Creative Commons- Free Pictures, und wir würden uns freuen, wenn Du dies zu unserer Gruppe hinzufügen würdest.

    7. ai_painting 63 months ago | reply

      I just did a watercolor of this image. Thanks Hyrck. Here it is:

    8. g567hey [deleted] 62 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Explored <100, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    9. ashleemarie_19 61 months ago | reply

      I love the texture!

    10. Ady0610 60 months ago | reply

      beautifully done

    11. ninjaburger 58 months ago | reply

      Hello. I used this image in my new game, Vox. Page numbers and links for all images used are in the credits of the book, hotlinked in the PDF, and available online at

    12. Debbie :)) 49 months ago | reply

      Fantastic image!

    13. New Hampshire Public Radio 48 months ago | reply

      Hi there,

      Just wanted to let you know we used a copy of this image for our show Word of Mouth, for a segment about a pianist from Iraq who's now studying in the US. Here's a link if you'd like to see it:

      Thanks so much for sharing this photo through Creative Commons!


    14. ~42n81~ 48 months ago | reply

      oh. cool, Todd. Your photo's on the Radio.

    15. Nerdsburgh 30 months ago | reply

      I was searching for a picture of Tom Waits on Google and came across your picture of the "drunk piano." I loved it and am using it on an article for my website about regular working people moonlighting in their fantasy jobs. I for one would like to play the piano like Tom Waits in a small, smoky bar on some lonely street in Paris.

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