Tom Waits: Young At Heart (2006)

 |   |  <1 min read

Tom Waits: Young At Heart (2006)

According to Tom Waits, "My wife just thinks it's hilarious," he said of this cover of Frank Sinatra's popular song. "She says, 'You sound so goddamned depressed singing it . . . I don't believe that bullshit for a minute. Young at heart, my ass!' "

When Waits did cover this lovely if sentimental song -- which was a hit in 1953, so big that the 1954 Sinatra/Doris Day movie was renamed after the song and it was included in the credits -- he was in a particularly grumpy period, according to his wife Kathleen Brennan who apparently laughed out loud when she heard this groaning take on it.

The song has been much covered and Waits' version was included on the Bawlers disc in his Orphans collection, and Waits seems to have taken it very seriously given the crisp arrangement.

"Fairytales can come true, it can happen to you, if you're young at heart . . ."

For more on Tom Waits at Elsewhere (including rare tracks) start here.

For more on-offs or songs with an interesting back-story see From the Vaults

Share It

Your Comments

Geoff Lealand - Mar 4, 2014

Charming! Even the whistling is dispirited. One person I really, really want to see live, whilst it is still possible.

post a comment

More from this section   From the Vaults articles index

Sonny Boy Williamson I: Good Morning Little School Girl (1937)

Sonny Boy Williamson I: Good Morning Little School Girl (1937)

When the Yardbirds covered yet another variation of this old blues song in 1964, first committed to record by harmonica player Sonny Boy Williamson, it almost seemed . . . innocent? After all,... > Read more

The Temptations: Message from a Black Man (1969)

The Temptations: Message from a Black Man (1969)

In its early days Motown didn't directly address political issues -- although there's a good case to be made that its very existence and popular success was, like rock'n'roll of the Fifties, a... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . LIBBY HOLMAN: Sex, scandal, shooting and suicide

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . LIBBY HOLMAN: Sex, scandal, shooting and suicide

When they found singer Libby Holman dead in her Rolls Royce of carbon monoxide poisoning in 1971, her suicide brought an end to a life marked by scandal, sexual promiscuity, one dead husband and a... > Read more

Lucio's trenette al pesto (trenette with pesto sauce)

Lucio's trenette al pesto (trenette with pesto sauce)

What constitutes a great restaurant? Not just superb food . . . but the atmosphere, surely? Lucio's Italian in Sydney (see their website here) has won me every time on both counts (and... > Read more