"The song needed a chorus and they didn't have one. So Kathleen and I said, 'Come on, we're talking about New Year's, let's just do it!' And if you've ever been at one of those gatherings where things went badly, where we all sing even though the fireworks scared the dog and he's been gone for two hours, and someone lit the sofa on fire, and Marge got food poisoning, and Bill O'Neal called the cops... I want you to play (it) like you’re miles from home, and your legs are dangling from a boxcar ... play like you have no pants on."
-- Tom Waits on the song New Year's Eve from his new album, Bad as Me
God I want to go to one of Tom's New Year's parties.