Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Suzanne Vega - Tom's Diner

How did Suzanne Vega write "Tom's Diner"? Find out here.

It's quite a long essay by Ms. Vega and she tells you anything and everything you'd ever want to know about how this classic NYC song came into existence.

It's scary but true: this song is over 20 years old -- but it's still great. If there was ever a song that encapsulated this town, it's "Tom's Diner."

Just a few interesting facts about this song:

1. The real Tom's Diner is actually Tom's Restaurant on 112th and Broadway. And yes, it's the same one as on "Seinfeld." I actually grew up very near restaurant and went there often in my misspent youth. The food is okay but they have GREAT milkshakes.

2. The story about the actor who died while drinking is, as confirmed by Ms. Vega here, William Holden.

3. The "bells of the Cathedral" refers to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

4. This is the first song on Suzanne Vega's hit 1987 album "Solitude Standing" -- the same one as her other big hit song, "Luka."


  1. I have yet to go to Tom's though I've walked past it a few times. I always wanted a picture of me by it.

    Anyway, that song brings back great memories of freshman year of college... I downloaded a great mashup of Tom's Diner with Walk on the Wild Side by Lou Reed. Let me know if you want a copy and I'll send it.

  2. I'd love to hear it. Please send it along!

  3. Please ssend a copy have a look in your email


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