Tom Waits Preps “Bad As Me” for 8/23 Release?

Update: Mystery solved.

It looks like those chalkboard-drawn teaser lyrics Tom Waits shared in June were even more revealing than previously thought, as the final line appears to be the title of a new single due out shortly: The song “Bad As Me” was just listed on Amazon as a digital download set for release on August 23, complete with cover art (left). While Anti Records has yet to respond to a request for confirmation, the track title does fit recent rumors of a forthcoming album bearing the same name.

Meanwhile, Waits’ mailing list sent out this today:

There have been rumblings and rumors. New music from Tom Waits, you say? Come to on Tuesday August 23rd, and Mr. Waits himself will set the record straight.

What’s he building in there?