Blackwaterside (4:12)

Cover of The North Star Grassman and The Ravens

From The North Star Grassman and The Ravens and 10 other releases

Salutary tale of the young lass who gave herself too easily to the bounder who left her in the lurch rather than met her at the church.
Sandy Denny at her best is this, pulling at the heart strings as another relationship falls on stony ground… as is the norm in the traditional ballad genre.
The incomparable Richard Thompson on electric guitar and the saddest of accordions. How is it that this instrument is able to well up tears so easily?

Not the best track on the album, I think but it certainly brings out the best in that wonderful, so lamented voice which was lost to the world much too soon.


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