I love that song (Martha) – and the whole album, of course. That song hits home definitely – it’s always that woman who “got away” (perhaps she was never “mine” in the first place). All the missed chances perceived or real all the same.
Though for me, most romantic always means something positive – that the love is working out or at least it’s going well – whatever that means. Hence my overtly sappy selections; these are the songs I play in the early days when it’s this surreal fantastical thing that’s larger than life.
On the note of Tom Waits, I love Nighthawks at the Diner and The Heart of Saturday Night. Nighthawks is so off-kilter and different to me; or at least at the time I first heard it I was amazed at how unique it was to me; I loved the improvisational energy and how everything just was rattled off in the moment. This “hey lets go down to a club and just play and record it”. Just wow.
And for Heart of Saturday Night, I can just feel the heartbeat of the city (for me, NYC) in this one.