Ahh, Christmas carols as I remember them being sung: sloppy, ragged and drunk. Tom Waits plays a verse of “Silent Night” before breaking into his great “Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis.” I love the way Waits manages to inhabit the narrator in this track, slowly drawing out the details before the shift at the conclusion. The track finishes with another slice of “Silent Night.” I’ve also included the studio version from Blue Valentine (1978) below because I think Waits plays the song a little too knowingly in the live version.
Classic Asylum-era Waits. Merry Christmas!
Tom Waits, “Silent Night/Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis” (Live)
Tom Waits, “Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis” (from Blue Valentine, 1978)