Song of the Day, January 30: Lady Waters and the Hooded One by Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians

robyn_hitchcock_the_egyptians-element_of_lightToday’s song is the closing track of Robyn Hitchcock’s second album with the Egyptians, Element of Light. After a couple of solo discs, Hitchcock reunited with some of his former bandmates from the Soft Boys, adding a bit of muscle back into his sound. He kept some of the folky elements he had been exploring, weaving tales of strange characters and curious events.

Lady Waters and the Hooded One fits nicely into the folk tradition of making a bargain with Death (or, sometimes, the Devil). During the Black Death, Lady Waters finds herself alone when the Hooded One arrives to taunt her. She strikes a bargain with him, tricking him into taking the disease from her, leaving her poor but alive. It’s a smart twist, and Hitchcock builds the tension perfectly. The band set a great musical backdrop, swirling around the vocals to powerful effect.

Enjoy this modern fable 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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