Thursday, 26 August 2010

And you thought YOU were weary?

This is one of my favourite live recordings of all time - heck, one of my favourite recordings full-stop. Tom Waits in 1977 on The Old Grey Whistle Test performing "Waltzing Matilda (Four Sheets in Copenhagen)". What do you think he's had to do to earn a voice like that? There is such a weighty weariness combined with the beautiful melody. This gives me goosebumps every time I hear it. It would be a Desert Island Disc for me, without a shred of doubt. If you want to know more, there is some interesting background to the song here as part of the Tom Waits album "Small Change"... Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. I am also a fan of this chap and this song, although where he gets that voice from I do not know!

    Thanks for your response re: the Ukulele Orchesrta at Cropredy, I have to admit to having the same thought as I think they would go down a storm! I will email them later. Fingers crossed. All we need then is for them to invite Tull and Messrs Harper!


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