We Love You Tom, written by Kathryn Sutherland, is an ode to Tom Waits and Barbara, a bright and beautiful light taken too soon, it features Simon Kendall on keys and Kathryn on lead vocals/electric guitar, Albert Klassen on electric guitar/vocals and Jason on drums.
Albert and Simon are also the manly angel back up COFA.
I wrote the song, in 2008, after listening to Tom Waits Black Rider album on repeat, my dear friend Celia B. lent it to me, after I saw the November Theatre performance of the Blake Rider, at the 2008 Vancouver Push Festival, based in part on the 1990 The Black Rider by Tom Waits, Robert Wilson and William S Burroughs. I have loved Tom Waits music and career choices for a very long time and I was forever changed reading William S Burroughs in the 80’s plus the play was fantastic.
I dedicated the song to Barbara because she was always about trying new things out, keeping your perspective positive and constantly creating your own story and because, sadly, her Celebration of Life lined up with the day I released this song on blue dirt girl’s youtube channel.
“because i said i would”