Song of the Day, December 11: Stumbling On by Eliza Carthy

Today’s song is Stumbling On by Eliza Carthy. It was written by her aunt, Lal Waterson, and cousin, Oliver Knight; they recorded a version of it on their brilliant 1996 album Once In A Blue Moon. This original version was a charmingly quirky folk approach with a lovely vocal by Waterson. When Carthy selected the song for her great double album, Red Rice, in 1998, she opted for a more jazz-inspired feel which works perfectly. Chanelling more anger and  passion than the wistfulness of the 1996 version, Carthy nails the song, delivering the rare cover that outstrips the original.

Oh my dear, don’t leave me here in this god-forsaken place
Was it me that broke my heart?
Did I have a heart to break?

Enjoy this amazing song today.

Added bonus! The extended Waterson family gathered at the BBC Electric Proms in 2007 to pay tribute to Lal Waterson. They ended the set with this rousing live version of Stumbling On featuring a full array of family vocalizing on the chorus.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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