Song of the Day, May 14: Down Where the Drunkards Roll by Richard and Linda Thompson

RLTDrunkardsToday’s song is Down Where the Drunkards Roll by Richard and Linda Thompson. It appears on the duo’s first full-length collaboration, the amazing I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight. Lyrically, it explores themes that Richard would make staples of his songwriting: loss, sorrow, and seeking material solace. It’s a mournful tune sung in Linda’s finest dark cry. Family friend and Fairport Convention member Trevor Lucas lends vocal support on the chorus. His deep bass resonates under Linda’s plaintive refrain, adding a dark, earthy quality that makes this one of the most affecting songs on an impressive album.

You can be a gambler
Who never drew a hand
You can be a sailor
Who never left dry land
You can be Lord Jesus
All the world will understand
Down where the drunkards roll

Enjoy this reflection on the darker side of life 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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