Tom Waits – Hold On (1999)

A consummate musical storyteller, Waits has inhabited that strange hinterland ┬ájust outside the mainstream for four decades now somehow remaining unique and unclassifiable. He’s been a seeker, romantic, troubadour, oddball, degenerate, carny man; a performance artist traversing hearts and minds.

‘Hold On’ from his 1999 album Mule Variations, weaves evocative short story imagery around a weary, battered torch song plea like only he can.