Long before The Pogues (and trust me, we'll get to them, you KNOW we'll get to them) proved that Christmas could be more affecting if you applied it to the lost and the lonely, Tom Waits was doing exactly the same thing.
And, obviously, doing it brilliantly. He is, after all, Tom Waits.
Here, from Austin in 1978 is the utterly brilliant 'Silent Night/Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis'.
I have no idea why the audience laugh in places. Maybe they're idiots. This is as beautiful, affecting and honest as music gets. Christmas for the lost, the lonely, the damned, the desperate and everybody else that deserves that break that might, just might, be right around the corner.
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