All smooth phrases and cold analysis, Martin, Sam and Catherine head down Easy Street for some hard looks at Waits’s attitude towards alcohol and the lifestyle that surrounds it. Thinking about place and location, and the contrast between the two performances Waits gives us of this number, we edge up to some tough questions over the poetic hobo ideology of the album as a whole.

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Music extracts used for illustrative/review purposes include:
Nighthawk Postcards (From Easystreet), Nighthawks At The Diner, Tom Waits (1975)

Nighthawk Postcards (From Easystreet), PBS Soundstage recording, Tom Waits (1975) (starts at 22:40)

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