Tom Waits

Tom Traubert's Blues (Four Sheets to the Wind in Copenhagen)

Composed by Tom Waits

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“Tom Traubert’s Blues” is one of Tom Waits’ most popular songs, although this is due in the most part by Rod Stewart’s vastly inferiors cover version. Waits’ original is heartbreakingly beautiful, containing some of the artist’s finest lyrics, especially in the croaking opening “Wasted and wounded/’Taint what the moon did/Got what I paid for now”. The story, essentially a drunken tale, fits the gorgeous, elegiac melody perfectly, and indeed the song is so evocative it’s almost impossible for the listener not to be swept up in the story. Although the arrangement and the use of strings doesn’t take any real risks, it embellishes the melody beautifully. Without doubt, one of Tom Waits’ finest recordings.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Small Change 1976 Elektra / Warner Music
No Image 1985 Elektra / Rhino 6:39
Basquiat [Original Soundtrack] 1996
Various Artists
IMS / Island 6:32
Used Songs (1973-1980) 2001 Elektra / Rhino 6:35
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