Friday, June 19, 2009

Gender Benders: Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis

Tom Waits: Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis


In every Tom Waits song, there's always (at least) one killer line, like "Never drive a car when you're dead" or "I got a hole in my roof, the shape of a heart".
My favorite one in this song : "Hey Charlie I think about you/Everytime I pass a fillin' station/On account of all the grease/You used to wear in your hair"

The first words, "Hey Charlie I'm pregnant", make no doubt. The narrator is a woman, and despite Wait's voice, we buy it. A beautiful story from one of his greatest albums, one that reads like a hard boiled novel. Sad, poignant of course, but beautiful.

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