How We Lived On It (4)

by A. Jay Adler on October 24, 2009
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Music: “Waltzing Matilda,”* sung by Tom Waits, 1977

*Australian slang for travelling by foot with one’s goods in a “Matilda” (bag) slung over one’s back.

A swagman carrying his matilda, circa 1901
A swagman carrying his matilda, circa 1901

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Naomi October 25, 2009 at 5:40 pm

Dear AJA

Wow! Thanks so much for turning me on to Tom Waits. Growing up in Israel as an orthodox Jew, and then subsequent turns have left huge cultural holes in my life. On occasion someone will shine a light in a corner that until then has been dark, and I am ever so grateful. This video left me in a puddle of tears. Subsequent investigation of his other work has been so inspiring. Thanks for such a gift! “It’s gotta be a chocolate Jesus!”



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