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Most of us have had a time where we let our imagination run away with us This poem by Tom Waits describes an nosy neighbor who is constantly wondering what a man in his shed is building but only has rumors to go by which sends him in a frenzy He tells all the wild things hes heard about the man and describes the sounds coming out of the shed to the point it gets curiosity up only to disappoint us in the end leaving you to wonder what the man is keeping a secret while hes building in the shed Although fans have claimed that this poem could possibly be about Waits Mule Variations album itself being that he stayed away from the public for seven years and then produced the album As his fans wonder what he is up to and where he is I can see how it relates to the Poem Whats He Building In There In other words what is Tom Waits up to these days It has also been said that William Burroughs inspired him to write the poem because they collaborated on his last album The Black Rider Waits has never openly said what the poem is about he only describes it as the neighbor that is in us all According to writer Dave Dimartino Tom Waits is a slightly off-centered traditional singer-songwriter who has his own Beatnik style The Beatnik era is a literary movement that was started in the 1950s It was inspired by Jazz and is not the usual Leave it to Beaver happy love poetry The writer Jack Kerouac who was involved in the beatnik generation inspired Tom Waits I agree because Waits is a very original man his work is never the same he goes through spells trying something completely different I read that he actually goes to junkyards to find old parts that have a unique sound to them
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