I Can't Wait to Get Off Work (And See My Baby on Montgomery Avenue) - Small Change [046]

Welcome to the conclusion of Season four! Martin, Sam and Callum conclude their observations on Tom Waits’s Small Change with a look at this quiet, calmer and more accepting song, discussing the opposition raised by this track between work and art, as well as the way it puts the feel of the album as a whole in context. Thanks to all our guests; Jeffrey Cranor, Lucy Dallas and Callum Hughes, and we hope you’ll join us later in August for season five of Song by Song!

Music extracts used for illustrative/review purposes include:
I Can't Wait to Get Off Work (And See My Baby on Montgomery Avenue), Small Change, Tom Waits (1976)

Frankly, Mr. Shankly, The Queen Is Dead, The Smiths (1986)

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Small Change (Got Rained on with His Own .38) - Small Change [045]

Heading into the final tracks of Small Change, Song by Song joins the bystanders watching the death of Small Change, in the title track Small Change... gets his money's worth from a phrase, that Tom Waits... This week Martin, Sam and Callum discuss some of the pejorative impact of choice of language in lyrics, as well as the relationship between improvisational virtuoso and precision storyteller.

Music extracts used for illustrative/review purposes include:
Small Change (Got Rained on with His Own .38), Small Change, Tom Waits (1976)

Be-Bop, The Rites of Pan, Lew Tabackin (1978/2009)

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The One That Got Away - Small Change [044]

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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Bad Liver and a Broken Heart (In Lowell) - Small Change [043]

Song by Song returns to the bar as Tom Waits examines the state of his own internal organs, telling the story of another lost woman and another endless spiral into drunken sorrow. New guest host Callum Hughes joins Sam and Martin to discuss the finer points of 1940s cinema, the genetic predisposition of men and women's eye colour and, naturally, Callum's ability to make a daiquiri.

Music extracts used for illustrative/review purposes include:
Bad Liver and a Broken Heart (In Lowell), Small Change, Tom Waits (1976)

Old Red Eyes Is Back, 0898 Beautiful South, The Beautiful South (1992)

Play It Sam… Play "As Time Goes By", Casablanca Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Ingrid Bergman/Dooley Wilson/Humphrey Bogart (1997/2013)

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