Real Gone is an album by Tom Waits, released October 3, 2004 in Europe, and October 5 in United States on the ANTI- label.
Recorded in an abandoned schoolhouse in Mississippi, its songs are notable for their heavy use of percussion and total lack of piano, previously Waits's signature instrument.
The album features some of the few political songs Waits has written, the most explicit being "Day After Tomorrow", a song Waits has described as an "elliptical" protest against the Iraq War.
The album was supported by the Real Gone Tour, playing sold out locations in North America and Europe in October and November 2004. More: en.wikipedia.org.