When I originally thought of train music, I thought of songs about the big overland express trains, or the steam-powered locomotives of history.  Those are the trains that come into play at the turning points of life.

But Tom Waits is much more an explorer of the low-amplitude drama of everyday, below-the-median life.  And the trains in that sphere of existence are more likely to be subway than bullet.

This song, like a lot of Waits' work, was more popular in a cover version.  Rod Stewart had a hit with it.

And for good measure, here's Mary Chapin Carpenter, who sang Grow Old Along With Me for my new love and me, twenty years ago last month.

This article was updated on May 9, 2023

David F