Sunday, January 12, 2014

Sir Patrick Spens: Issa's Sunday Service, #184

Photo by Kim Traynor art by Charles Cameron Baillie 

Sir Patrick Spens by Fairport Convention on Grooveshark
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One of the great ballads of English literature, "Sir Patrick Spens" tells a tale of a sailor, the sea and tragedy, the stuff of legend. It has been covered many times by folk musicians through the years, such as Buffy St. Marie, the great Robin Williamson, and a true legend himself, Ewan MacColl. I've chosen a version by Fairport Convention, since they lean more to folk-rock and, well, because I like it very much.

One can hardly ignore the Sandy Denny version, with Fairport Convention, so here is that for those prefer her dulcet tones:

And for those who prefer their ballads on the page, you can find it here since it's a little long to include in a post.


cursing like sailors
in the plum tree...
translated by David G. Lanoue

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  Go to the LitRock web site for a list of all 184 songs 


Mary Frederick Ahearn said...

Well done! Enjoyed this very much especially the wonderful Issa and crows - love it. And there was Buffy too!
Thanks much, Don-

Terri L. French said...

Love that Issa haiku?

Terri L. French said...

Love that Issa haiku!

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Glad you loved the Issa, Terri ... it is great.