Martha (track) by Tom Waits

Martha by Tom Waits
Year: 1973
From the album Closing Time (track #6)
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88/100 (from 136 votes)
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Martha appears on the following album(s) by Tom Waits:

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Tom Waits-Closing Time CD Elektra First Album Ol' 55 Martha Hope I Don't Fall in
Condition: Good

Closing Time (Remastered/180G) by Tom Waits
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From 09/10/2016 16:50
The centrepiece of the Closing time album. Martha sees Tom Waits effortlessly slip into the character of a man well beyond his very own years to bring us something heartfelt and warm but undeniably sad and tinged with regret and loneliness. It's a beautiful song and is without doubt the best track on his debut LP and Waits' first masterpiece. Many more were to follow of course but i'm not sure if any of them ever had quite the emotional impact that this excellent song has. A perfect song.
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From 08/26/2016 18:52
This song is one side of a long-distance phone conversation between "old Tom Frost" and his one-time lover, Martha. It's a lovely and incredibly sad story of the role of memory and nostalgia as we get older, and the enduring power of love. Just Tom Waits and his piano, climaxing with the haunting lines, "Martha / Martha / I love you, can't you see?"
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From 11/19/2013 23:39
Some of the most beautiful lyrics I've heard on a debut album.
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