The house where nobody lives (but you’ll cry)

December 4, 2019

In the fantasy list of dream-duets, a pairing of Tom Waits with Iris Dement must rank pretty near the top. It’s never happened, to my knowledge, but Iris Dement has recently recorded a cover of Waits’ “The House Where Nobody Lives”, and it’s an oh-so-sweet heartbreaker. Pass the whiskey and the tissue box.


We can get a taste of what that Waits/Dement duet might sound like by playing the video above and the video below at the same time!

10 Responses to “The house where nobody lives (but you’ll cry)”

  1. blah deblah Says:

    Playing them together makes for some interesting harmony.

  2. Janet Says:

    Whoa. That makes me feel like my head will explode.


  3. cburrell Says:

    It’s like a drink made of whiskey and hot sauce.

  4. Janet Says:

    I’ll take your word for it.


  5. Rob G Says:

    Reminds me of this a little bit for some reason:

  6. Rob G Says:

    I mean the song itself, not the artificial duet! The female singer here, Jennie Bedford, reminds me of Iris Dement somewhat.

    • cburrell Says:

      I’ll take a listen to that when I’m at home, Rob. Thanks for the link. I’ve not heard of this singer.

      • Rob G Says:

        I hadn’t either until recently. She’s from a Philly bluegrass band called The Pinetops. The male singer is the late Jason Molina, who recorded for a long time with various musicians under the name “Songs: Ohia.” I’ve only discovered his music within the past year.

  7. cburrell Says:

    A very nice song, and I like the voices too. She does indeed have a Dement-ed (for lack of a better term) cast to her voice.

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