Welcome to Song by Song - we are Martin Zaltz Austwick and Sam Pay; two musicians who, out of some obsessive completist compulsion, have decided to listen to and discuss every single Tom Waits track in chronological order. Join us weekly, episode by episode, song by song. Season one, Closing Time (1973) coming soon.

Music extracts used for illustrative/review purposes include:

Just Another Sucker On The Vine, Swordfishtrombones, Tom Waits (1983):

Jockey Full Of Bourbon, Rain Dogs, Tom Waits (1985):

Russian Dance, The Black Rider, Tom Waits (1993):

Closing Time, Closing Time, Tom Waits (1973):