Handwritten working lyrics to Waits’s song ‘Kentucky Avenue,’ on three off-white 8.5 x 11 sheets. Waits pens 51 total lines (crossing out two near the end), and the lyrics read, in part (with grammar and spelling retained): “Eddie graces buicks / got 4 bullet holes in the side / Charlie Delisle sittin at the top / of an avocado tree / Mrs stormll stab you w/ a / steak knife if you step on her lawn. / I got a half pack of lucky strikes man / come along w/ me / Lets fill our pockets with macadamia nuts / Then go over to bobby goodmansons / And jump off the roof/ Hilda plays strip poker / her mamas across the street / Joey navinski says she put / her tongue in his mouth / Dicky faulkners got / a switchblade and some / gooseneck risers…Bring a chuch key / in your pocket / & we’ll hop that / freight train in the hall / and well / both slide down the / drain / and be in / New Orleans in the fall.” In fine condition, with some creases to lower left corners. Originally written for his 1978 album Blue Valentine, and named for the street he grew up on in Whittier, California, the song contains autobiographical elements and references to real people from his childhood. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.
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