Tom Waits writes a new poem about Keith Richards for his birthday
Tom Waits has celebrated the birthday of Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards by penning him a new original poem.
Richards, a founding member and principal songwriter of the Stones, celebrated his 76th birthday earlier this week which has been met with numerous different tributes to his musical and artistic legacy.
Having become close friends with Waits over the years, Richards has collaborated on numerous different albums from Waits’ 1985’s record Rain Dogs right up until his recent 2011 effort Bad as Me. “He’s a one-off lovely guy and one of the most original writers,” Richards once said of his colleague.
Now, as part of a feature for Rolling Stone, Waits has submitted a poem in celebration of his friend. In the poem, Waits pays homage to Richards’ talents, writing: “He wrote his share of the songs from Sticky Fingers/ In a henhouse in Malta/ He once won the Hope Diamond in a poker game/ And in the same night lost it in a game of craps/ He owns a lug wrench and a tire jack made of solid gold.”