Who Sang Foreign Affair? Tom Waits

Tom Waits Foreign Affairs cover art

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writers: Tom Waits
release date: 1977-9
genres: Jazz Rock Blues
styles: Blues Rock/Vocal
length: 3:47
producer: Dayton “Bones” Howe
engineer: Dayton “Bones” Howe
assistant engineer: Geoff Howe
vocal: Tom Waits
When traveling abroad in the continental style,
It's my belief one must attempt to be discreet,
And subsequently bear in mind your transient position
Allows you a perspective that's unique

And though you'll find your itinerary a blessing and a curse,
Your wanderlust won't let you settle down
And you'll wonder how you ever fathomed that you'd be content
To stay within the city limits of a small midwestern town

Most vagabonds I knowed don't ever want to find the culprit
That remains the object of their long relentless quest
The obsession's in the chasing and not the apprehending
The pursuit, you see, and never the arrest

Without fear of contradiction, bon voyage is always hollered
In conjunction with a handkerchief from shore,
By a girl who drives a Rambler and furthermore is overly concerned
That she won't see him anymore

Planes and trains and boats and buses characteristically
Evoke a common attitude of blue
Unless you have a suitcase and a ticket and a passport
And the cargo that they're carrying is you

A foreign affair, juxtaposed with a stateside
And domestically approved romantic fancy,
Is mysteriously attractive due to circumstances,
Knowing it will only be parlayed into a memory

12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Cinny's Waltz
  • 2 Muriel
  • 3 I Never Talk to Strangers
  • 4 Medley: Jack & Neal / California, Here I Come
  • 5 A Sight for Sore Eyes
  • 6 Potter's Field
  • 7 Burma-Shave
  • 8 Barber Shop
  • 9 Foreign Affair

  • Album Information
    label: Asylum Records
    country(area): United States
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin