As we approach the end of Small Change, Tom Waits shifts up a gear by telling not one but eight short stories in a single song, prompting Martin, Sam and Callum to discuss the dexterity and flair of his language, the push towards and against traditional images of loss, and the traumatic life and work of Judy Garland - all in a day's work for Song by Song.
Music extracts used for illustrative/review purposes include:
The One That Got Away, Small Change, Tom Waits (1976)
The Man That Got Away - Live at Great American Music Hall, Mystery White Boy, Jeff Buckley (2000)
The Man That Got Away, from A Star Is Born (via YouTube), Judy Garland (1954)
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