Phoebe Bridgers has released a cover of Tom Waits’ “Day After Tomorrow” with a little help from the likes of Marcus Mumford, Blake Mills and Rob Moose. The Christmas-haunted track was released to raise funds for the Local Integration & Family Empowerment Division of the International Institute of Los Angeles — an organization that supports immigrants, refugees and low-wage workers in Los Angeles. You can read more about their work here.
Like many of Waits’ songs, this one delves deep into questions about God and His involvement in the lives of people (or lack thereof). “Tell me, how does God choose? Whose prayers does He refuse?” In Waits’ craggy vocals, this question sounds world-weary and exhausted. Bridgers’ splintery alto gives it more of an anxious temerity. “I’m not fighting for justice, I’m not fighting for freedom / I am fighting for my life and another day in the world here.”
Bridgers has been busy on the cover circuit this year, having dropped her takes on Bo Burnham’s “That Funny Feeling,” Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters” and Paul McCartney’s “Seize the Day.”