Sam once again starts off an episode with an extended theory about the dramatic structure that lives between this song and the dumb story about conception-by-musket… if you'd like to skip this, please begin the episode at the two-minute mark. Meanwhile, Martin pulls things back to more mainstream discussion about Tom's weird flat hands. P.s the song is beautiful.

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Music extracts used for illustrative/review purposes include:
Train Song, Big Time, Tom Waits (1988)

Train Song, Franks Wild Years, Tom Waits (1987)

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