Old Shoes (& Picture Postcards) (track) by Tom Waits

Old Shoes (& Picture Postcards) by Tom Waits
Year: 1973
From the album Closing Time (track #4)
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This track is rated in the top 4% of all tracks on BestEverAlbums.com. This track has a Bayesian average rating of 81.8/100, a mean average of 81.5/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 82.4/100. The standard deviation for this track is 11.4.

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From 08/28/2016 17:38
One of the all-time most heartbreaking breakup songs, sung over a simple acoustic guitar and drums. What works so well is the narrator's obvious conflict, while at the same time knowing the relationship has to end: "Every time that I tried to tell you that we'd / Lost the magic we had at the start / I would weep in my heart when I looked in your eyes / And I searched once again for the spark." Oh, man. Devastating.
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