Listen to Mates of State Cover Tom Waits


September 15’s Song of the Day on NPR was a doozy.

The way-too-cute twee couple dumps about a gallon of melted popsicles on top of Tom Waits’ “Long Way Home.”

The song, originally pulled from Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards, once felt beautifully morose, but after the duo’s one-two punch of pop and glee, “Home” plays out like a new track. The cover appears on Mates of State’s album Crushes:The Covers Mixtape, which also covers songs from Daniel Johnston, Nick Cave and Girls. You can purchase Crushes at for $5.

Listen to the Mates take on Waits below:

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