Song of the Day, May 22: Time In the Son by Eliza Carthy

ECTimeSonToday’s song is Time In the Son by Eliza Carthy. It’s one of the standout tracks on her groundbreaking double album Red Rice. It’s an original tune written by Eliza with its roots firmly in the folk tradition that she inverted, honored, and re-invented on the album.

The lyrics are dark and mysterious, following in the footsteps of her aunt, Lal Waterson, but uniquely her own. It implies a lovers’ triangle, friendships, betrayal, honor, pride, and loss — clearly the stuff of traditional English music and modern ballads alike. Eliza delivers a sad, tired vocal with just enough grit over a haunting performance by the band.

My heart beats like tomorrow and I can’t begin to wonder
Where we’ll all be seconds away from now.
So lets us all be what we have to be,
And lets us all be simple, love ,if we won’t be lovers.

Enjoy this potent mystery 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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