Christmas Nukebox: Tom Waits’ Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis

Just to prove that not all Christmas songs have to be saccharine snow-covered ditties, today’s Christmas nukebox tune is Tom Waits’ Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis.

And they don’t come much more anti-Christmas than this: the maudlin tale of a prostitute that writes to tell our hero about her pregnancy, prison sentence and ultimate parole – right in time for Valentine’s Day.

The gentle tinkling of the drawing room piano accompanying Waits’ trademark gravelly voice shouldn’t fool you into thinking that this is a song to gather the family round the piano and have a good old singalong to, either. We just don’t think Granny would approve.