Song of the Day, December 19: Memories by Lal Waterson and Oliver Knight

LaliverBedMemoriesToday’s song is Memories by Lal Waterson and Oliver Knight. After the mother and son duo recorded their stunning collaboration Once In A Blue Moon, they began work on a follow-up. Sadly, Lal died of cancer before the project was finished, but Oliver was able to use her vocals and assemble a lovely album, Bed of Roses. It’s a strong set of songs that provide a fine coda to Lal’s distinguished career and sets the stage for Oliver’s later work solo and with his sister, Marry Waterson.

The first track is a lovely introduction to the disc and takes on added poignancy with Lal’s passing. It’s a celebration of life, acknowledging that the highs and the lows are both needed to appreciate the whole. It also speaks to the need for companions — especially family — to truly enjoy the journey.

All that is mine is my mother and father’s line
And the day and evening time
It’s such a fine little line
Caught up in the hall of time
Then the day and the evening collide

That’s when your memories catch fire
Without those memories you’d be a soulless child
Pounding on the door
Like a lost lover
Scrounging on the shore

Enjoy this beautiful song today. As an added bonus, here is a live version recorded by Marry Waterson with Oliver Knight and Eliza Carthy at a Lal tribute in 2007. Marry’s vocals are hauntingly like her mother’s in this performance.

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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