Sunday, May 2, 2010

Song of The Day #006

"Back In The Good Old World (Gypsy)" by Tom Waits

The title of this song, which comes from the Night On Earth soundtrack, explains the tune pretty well. "When I was a boy, the moon was a pearl, the sun a yellow gold/But when I was a man, the wind blew cold, the hills were upside down," wails Waits, singing from beyond the grave. Life was better back in the good old world. This is a sentimental ballad about the way things were, but it takes on a demonic feel like most Waits recordings post-Swordfishtrombones. It works very nicely with the bleak confusing worlds of Night On Earth, but it also works as just a song--a great, weird, sad, funny Tom Waits song.

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