'Mule Variations', 1999
But what would be the best track to close "Closing Time: The Best Of Tom Waits' Closing Tracks"? We need to get that out for RSD24. Seriously, great read as always!
"Fawn" might be my favorite. Only 1.5 minutes long and hardly ever gets mentioned, but I'm always bowled over by its stark beauty and old-timey aura. I'm a big fan of Tom's instrumental closers (including "Closing Time").
I very much like the idea of "Christmas card" closing "Blue Valentines"