Welcome to the fifth season of Song by Song! Martin and Sam return to take a listen to Waits's 1977 album, beginning with the instrumental Cinny's Waltz. With discussion of the tone of this album, the cross-pollination of creative inspiration between film and music, and more than a few bad similes, we begin our journey through Foreign Affairs.

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Music extracts used for illustrative/review purposes include:
Cinny’s Waltz, Foreign Affairs, Tom Waits (1977)

Closing Time, Closing Time, Tom Waits (1973)

Theme from “To Kill a Dead Man”, B-side of “Sour Times”, Portishead (1994)

To Kill a Dead Man (short film), Portishead (1994)

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