"Downtown Train" by Tom Waits (VIDEO)
Watch the video for "Downtown Train" by Tom Waits, No. 34 on our list of the 100 best NYC songs.
Wed Mar 7 2012
34. Tom Waits, "Downtown Train" (1985)
Rod Stewart's cover version was a hit in 1989, but the throaty grit of Tom Waits's original cut adds layers to his portrait of romantic obsession in a world of grimy anonymity. Is the contemptuous narrator a soulful dreamer? A muttering stalker? Both? You never quite know who might be hanging his or her hopes on the subway strap next to yours.