Down, Down, Down - Swordfishtrombones [102]

Martin and Sam return for another slice of Swordfishtrombones, as Waits grabs his bible and gives it a good thump. Links to blues performers of the 20s and how seriously we should take Tom's threats of fire and brimstone all feature, plus... the return of the grand unified egg theory of musical accessibility.

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Down, Down, Down, Swordfishtrombones, Tom Waits (1983)

It's Nobody's Fault But Mine, It's Nobody's Fault But Mine - The Best Of, Blind Willie Johnson (1925/2010)

Nobody's Fault But Mine, Nina Simone & Piano, Nina Simone (1969)

Nobody's Fault But Mine, Presence, Led Zeppelin (1976)

The Soul Of A Man, God Don't Never Change: The Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson, Tom Waits/Blind Willie Johnson (2016)

John The RevelatorGod Don't Never Change: The Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson, Tom Waits/Blind Willie Johnson (2016)

Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground, God Don't Never Change: The Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson, Rickie Lee Jones/Blind Willie Johnson (2016)

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Depot, Depot - The Heart of Saturday Night [021]

Isy Suttie joins Sam and Martin for these final tracks from The Heart of Saturday Night, stuck at the end of the line but not short on topics for discussion. Comparing Nina Simone's metaphorical End of the Line from Pastel Blues to Waits's literal Depot, and envying someone's chances to see Waits live, we enter the home straight on the second season of Song by Song.

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Depot, Depot, The Heart of Saturday Night, Tom Waits (1974)

End of the Line, Pastel Blues, Nina Simone (1965)

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