"Finding rhymes is hard for diseases"

Tom Waits:
This project that they’re doing in England…I don’t know if it’s ever going to happen, but they said, "pick a disease" and they had this long list of these terrible diseases, and they want you to write a song about this disease, then they’re going to put it all on a record. It’s just gotten out of hand. I didn’t want to get involved. I just said, "No, I can’t pick a disease." Scurvy is a disease. Finding rhymes is hard for diseases. Scurvy. What rhymes with scurvy? "She had scurvy, but she was so curvy…" That’s not going to fly.
Sounds like he needs Dr. Lambshead.


  1. More evidence that Monty Python > Tom Waits.


  2. singing diseases leads to sneezes

  3. Gothsheep got it: many diseases' names end with "disease," so what's the problem?

  4. Also: "My Favorite Diseases", which used to be a favorite of mine on the Dr. Demento show.


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