The Israel Lobby

Tom Waits – Walking Spanish

“Even Jesus wanted just a little more time when he was walking spanish down the hall…”

Walking (someone ) Spanish [Walking Spanish ] Being in the act of doing something you don’t want to do. So, to paraphrase the example Waits himself gave, a guy reaching for his wallet after being told to do so by a mugger would be “walking spanish” as he did so. (This example from the publicity LP release of Rain Dogs, in which Waits talks about the theme of each of the songs in turn.) In the instance of the song itself, then, the guy is on death row and is only walking to the chair because he has to: hence he’s “walking spanish”. (Tom Waits Digest, Seth Nielssen )

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