Song of the Day, March 14: Suzanne by Fairport Convention

Today’s song is Suzanne by Fairport Convention. Highlighting their fondness for great songwriters, the band included a number of covers in their BBC performances in the late 60s. Perhaps the finest is this brilliant version of one of Leonard Cohen’s signature songs. Originally written as the poem Suzanne Takes You Down and set in Montreal with dancer Suzanne Verdal as its subject, the song has been covered dozens of times and has been ranked as one of the finest songs of the 60s. This version, with alternating lead vocals by Ian Matthews and Sandy Denny and stunning guitar work by Richard Thompson, it’s a perfect reading of the song.

There are heroes in the seaweed
There are children in the morning
They are leaning out for love
And they will lean that way forever
While Suzanne holds the mirror
And you want to travel with her
And you want to travel blind
And you know that you can trust her
For she’s touched your perfect body with her mind.

Enjoy this magical performance of a fine song today.

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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