Goin' Out West

Album: Bone Machine (1992)

Songfacts®:

  • This song was featured in the 1999 film Fight Club; it's heard in the scene where Tyler Durden is entering a bar that's hosting Fight Club secretly in its basement.
  • Like many of Waits' songs, this one's written from the perspective of an interesting character: in this case, a gruff man who is endearingly, overly serious about his dream of becoming a Hollywood actor.
  • "Goin' Out West" has been covered by Bill Frisell, Gov't Mule, Widespread Panic, and Queens of the Stone Age.

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