Song of the Day, June 15: I Hope That I Don’t Fall In Love With You by Tom Waits

WaitsClosingHopeToday’s song is an early gem from the uniquely talented Tom Waits. At the beginning of his career, before he developed his distinct brand of off-kilter folk/blues/rock, he released a lovely debut album of piano-based pop. The aptly titled Closing Time is a wonderful set of songs that belong in a bar at the end of the night. Waits had already honed his observational talents, creating a compelling set of characters. For this track, his first-person narrator is afraid of the pain that love can bring; he’s also drawn by a woman in the bar, unable to put her out of his mind. Waits builds the tension slowly and convincingly, making his lovable loser charming. He provides a fairly sweet vocal, not hinting at the dark, complex power that would drive his later work but still creating something compellingly human.

Enjoy this beautiful song today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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