Mailbag Episode #2

Happy New Year! 2019 brings Song by Song back to take another look through the listener mail we've received over the last year or so. Check out the show notes below for more links and details of the songs discussed.

Music extracts used for illustrative/review purposes include:
Just Another Sucker On The Vine, Swordfishtrombones, Tom Waits (1983)

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, Pieces of a Man, Gil Scott-Heron (1971)

Don't Get Around Much Anymore, The Duke: The Columbia Years, Duke Ellington (1927-1962?)

Click here for the text of the play Frank's Wild Years, courtesy of The Tom Waits Library
Beulah Land, Complete Studio Recordings, Mississippi John Hurt (2000)

Beulah Land, Avalon Blues: A Tribute to Mississippi John Hurt, Gillian Welch (2001)

Click here for the ABC network 'Take 5' interview with Tom Waits promoting Bad As Me.
Bella Ciao, Songs of Resistance 1942-2018, Marc Ribot/Tom Waits (2018)

On The Nickel, via YouTube, Puddles Pity Party (2017)

Hang On St. Christopher (demo) via YouTube

Temptation (demo) via YouTube

Please Wake Me Up (demo) via YouTube

More Than Rain (demo) via YouTube

Train Song (demo) via YouTube

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Gun Street Girl - Rain Dogs [119]

Waits wanders back into the world of the criminal with this cautionary tale of life on the run. And who better to talk about what is Criminal than our guests from a fortnight ago Phoebe and Lauren. Avoiding any more discussion of freeform jazz concertos, Song by Song discusses some of the history of the Murder Ballad, the educational/control value of these stories, as well as continuing to catalogue which of Tom Waits songs you can dance to. (Spoiler: the "can't" list is a lot longer than the "can"…) 

Music extracts used for illustrative/review purposes include:
Gun Street Girl, Rain Dogs, Tom Waits (1985)

Stack O’Lee, American Epic: Mississippi John Hurt, Mississippi John Hurt (1928/2017)

Stagger Lee, Murder Ballads, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds (1996)

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