From Portland to Paris: Mapping the Lyrics of Tom Waits
“If you get far enough away you’ll be on your way back home,” croons Tom Waits in “Blind Love.” But whether he’s wandering the streets of Vienna or sending a Christmas card from Minneapolis, the smokey-toned songwriter finds a home for his song in wherever he travels. It’s been said that, “the man doesn’t just speak to an askew sensibility in America; he speaks to askew sensibilities all throughout humanity”—and now, you can take a look at a Tom Waits map that highlights all of the places in which his lyrics reside. From “a crowded bus in Jerusalem” to “Portland through a shot glass,” explore Waits’ world all in one view, and listen to some of his best albums below.
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