heartbroke audio: Martha by Tom Waits
Tom Waits wrote and recorded this song in his mid 20s, using the voice of a nostalgic elderly man who calls an old flame to meet up for coffee to talk about the life they never had together. There are a few songs out there that can sound very sweet and soft, yet still end up knocking you over and kicking you in the ribs. The concept of “the one that got away” is perhaps a little cliche, I realize. But so are most things when it comes to matters of the heart. Regardless, the song is a classic.
Every time I listen to it I’m tempted to reach for the telephone or my typewriter to reconnect with someone. Being that bastard at the bar who stares into the bottom of an empty glass, thinking about the path not taken is probably my lot in life, but songs like Martha give me hope, or at least some comfort in knowing that, failing all else, I can always remember how it was between she and I when the going was good. Nothing can ever take that away.
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