Watch a Vintage Tom Waits Performance from Austin City Limits

Videos by American Songwriter

Videos by American Songwriter

This weekend, Austin City Limits dug up and rebroadcast one of their most storied episodes — Tom Waits’ December 5, 1978 appearance. This bootlegger’s delight finds the gravelly-voiced songwriter working his original, theatrical barfly persona, and contains classic readings of songs like “Small Change” and “Romeo’s Bleeding.” Watch Waits sweat his way through a one-of-a-kind performance below.

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