W hen Tom Waits was a boy, he heard the world differently. Sometimes, it sounded so out-of-kilter, it scared him. The rustle of a piece of paper could make him wince, the sound of his mother tucking him in at night might cause him to curl up as if in pain. I mean, I thought I was mentally ill, that maybe I was retarded. I'd put my hand on a sheet like this [rubbing his shirt] and it'd sound like sandpaper.
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Kremlin foe Navalny's 'Putin palace' film pushes past 100 million YouTube views
Navalny, who is serving a day jail stint for parole violations he says are trumped up, released the video last week in an effort to encourage people to take to the streets to demand his freedom. Tens of thousands did so last weekend. Navalny's allies are continuing to promote the video to try and mobilise people to protest, this time on Sunday. Authorities say such protests are illegal under Russian law as they require pre-authorisation. Putin, who has dominated Russian politics for more than two decades and has avoided even uttering Navalny's name in public, has said the palace, in southern Russia, does not belong to him or his family. Navalny's video says the property, built in the Italian palazzo style, has its own underground ice rink, casino, swimming pool, theatre and something called an aqua-disco.
Written by Waits and produced by Bones Howe , the song's chorus is derived from the Australian folk song " Waltzing Matilda " and its lyrics narrate alcohol abuse, inspired by Waits' own experiences in Los Angeles and Copenhagen. The song is considered one of Waits' signature songs and was described by Howe as "the work of an extremely talented lyricist". It has since been covered by a number of artists, including Rod Stewart , who released a version of the song on the compilation album Lead Vocalist Stewart's version was released as a single in and charted in eight countries upon its release, including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Sweden, and the Netherlands. It was a lovely night [ In May , Waits himself confirmed the song's origins during a live performance in Sydney, Australia , stating "I met this girl named Matilda.