A Likely Story: Tom Waits' Original Poem to Keith Richards

Keith's friend and collaborator wrote a one-of-a-kind tribute to a one-of-a-kind guy

Tom Waits penned a poem, 'Keith Richards...' Credit: Lyle Bishop/NBC/Getty; Scott Legato/Getty

Keith Richards has played and sung on several of Tom Waits' albums, from 1985's Rain Dogs to 2011's Bad as Me. "He's a one-off lovely guy and one of the most original writers," Richards has said. For Rolling Stone's special issue, Keith Richards: The Ultimate Guide to His Music & Legend (on stands now), Keith's friend, collaborator and fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famer wrote this one-of-a-kind tribute to a one-of-a-kind guy. Richards' first solo album in 20 years, Crosseyed Heart, is out September 18th. Watch the video for his raucous new single here