Revisit a rare intimate performance of Tom Waits singing ‘The Fall of Troy’
Delving back into the Far Out Magazine Vault we’ve unearthed a little Tom Waits gem as he performs an intimate rendition of his song ‘The Fall of Troy’.
Stopping by a local radio station, Waits performs the song live after introducing the track. “This is a song I wrote with my wife, Kathleen Brennan,” he began. “This was a news article about two kids that were involved in a shooting, and they were young kids. It was in New Orleans.”
Brennan, who is credited as a co-writer on a number of Waits’ songs, is widely considered to have had a major influence on his decision to become more experimental in his music. “She doesn’t like the limelight, but she’s an incandescent presence on all songs we work on together,” Waits once said of his wife.
While inspired by that shooting, Waits handed the track over to film director Tim Robbins in 1996 as it was included as part of the soundtrack for his film Dead Man Walking. A track which is largely described as a Waits rarity, Waits decided to include ‘The Fall of Troy’ as part of the slightly unusual album Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards which was released in 2006.
Made up of well over 50 tracks, Waits once described the album by saying: “A lot of songs that fell behind the stove while making dinner, about 60 tunes that we collected Some are from films, some from compilations. Some is stuff that didn’t fit on a record, things I recorded in the garage with kids. Oddball things, orphaned tunes.”
One of those turns, ‘The Fall of Troy’ was given this warm live rendition: