The first version, the only version of this song I ever knew, was the Springsteen version.
Then I “discovered” Holly Cole’s reinterpretation and loved it even more than the original. I knew this was originally a Tom Waits song, but I had never heard his rendition.
I tried to listen to it – just couldn’t get through
more than a minute of it.
Oh – and there’s a servicable, perfectly fine Bon Jovi version as well.
(I still think Holly does it best, though)