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Singapore

Tom Waits

Track #1 from the album Rain Dogs


 Main Author's Notes

Opener of “Rain Dogs”, regarded by many as Tom’s masterpiece, “Singapore” is an undeniable classic in his catalog. “Singapore” was described as an “adventure song”, or to use Waits specific words: “Singapore is kind of like Dick Burton in Taiwan and he can’t get a drink”. Add a bit of pirate vibes and lots of terrifying imagery, and there’s “Singapore”. The song is also known for his percussion - Waits was unsatisfied with the drum sound, and refusing to use samples that were so common in the 80’s, instead they opted to repeatedly hit a chest of drawers with a two by four hammer - which is the “drums” you’ll be playing the song.

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