Song of the Day, November 7: Should I Betray? by Richard Thompson

rtParlourBetrayToday’s song is Should I Betray? from Richard Thompson’s wonderful 2005 album Front Parlour Ballads. He recorded it at home, playing most of the instruments himself, crafting a strong set of intimate sketches and dark stories. This standout track features the trademark Thompson deadpan wit as he ponders telling a woman about the horrible things her husband gets up to behind her back. With a steady acoustic guitar marching alongside his droll delivery, it’s a wickedly fun package, showing off all of his more subtle strengths.

Should I betray you to your spouse?
The wife who waits back at the house
She doesn’t know that you’re a louse
That’s not the man she wed

She doesn’t know the deals you make
The throats you cut, the vows you break
To buy up some old lady’s stake
Quick before she’s dead

Enjoy this mordant study today.

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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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