Friday, October 4, 2013

10/4, Good Buddy

Today is 10/4, so that means it's time to hit the open road and ride our thumbs to hell and back in a big rig of the damned!

While this selection is the most classic hitchhiker-gets-picked-up-by-a-ghost song ever recorded --"Phantom 309"--it's not the version most of us are probably used to hearing. This one comes from Tom Waits and is much more whiskey-soaked than the original Red Sovine version, profiled here a couple years ago. No less creepy, though--in this version, the hitchhiker sounds almost as spooky as the ghost driver. Waits uses Sovine's basic story, but tells it in his own way and in his words.

Keep your eyes open if you're out thumbin tonight because every now and then, when the moon's holding water, they say Big Joe will stop and give you a ride...

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