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Hear Tom Waits’ sombre piano composition for the lobby of Banksy’s Bethlehem hotel

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Tom Waits has recorded a piano-only version of his 1987 track Innocent When You Dream, to play in the lobby of Banksy’s Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem.

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Tom Waits has shared his sombre version of Innocent When You Dream, a composition for Banksy’s hotel in Bethlehem.

Hear why this song in particular was chosen, from Tom Waits’ Facebook post:

“Tom Waits recorded an instrumental version of his well known song, Innocent When You Dream for the player piano in the lobby of artist Banksy’s Walled Off Hotel, which is located in the shadow of the wall separating Palestine from Israel.”

“To mark the 100 year anniversary of Britain’s former colonization of Palestine and its disastrous consequences, Banksy has mixed opulence and dystopia with his desire to highlight the daily lives and art of Palestinians.”

“The Irish are no strangers to strife and division, and Waits selected this Irish tinged waltz because of its lyrical and wistful mix of regret and dreams for a world without walls.”

Listen below.

Via Rolling Stone.

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November 1, 2017