Song of the Day #1,675: ‘Hang Down Your Head’ – Tom Waits

waitsI downloaded Tom Waits classic 1985 album Rain Dogs because it’s one of those records that serious music lovers needs to know. Sort of the way that serious film lovers need to have seen Taxi Driver.

I haven’t actually listened to the whole thing through yet so today’s random selection is new to me. I like it well enough.

Waits’ voice, like Leonard Cohen’s, is perfect for some songs but distracting on others. On this one it falls somewhere in between.

Hush a wild violet, hush a band of gold
Hush you’re in a story I heard somebody told
Tear the promise from my heart, tear my heart today
You have found another, oh baby I must go away
So hang down your head for sorrow, hang down your head for me
Hang down your head tomorrow, hang down your head Marie

Hush my love the rain now, hush my love was so true
Hush my love a train now well it takes me away from you

So hang down your head for sorrow, hang down your head for me
Hang down your head, hang down your head, hang down your head Marie
So hang down your head for sorrow, hang down your head for me
Hang down your head, hang down your head, hang down your head Marie

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One thought on “Song of the Day #1,675: ‘Hang Down Your Head’ – Tom Waits

  1. Dana says:

    I too should probably know Waits’ music better than I do. I was recently surprised to learn that Springsteen’s “Jersey Girl,” which is a big fan favorite, was actually a Waits song. The man is clearly a good songwriter even if his voice, much like Dylan, Newman etc.. Can be an acquired taste.

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