Song of the Day, February 23: Four Black Sheep by Martha Wainwright

Wainwright4BlackSheepToday’s song is Martha Wainwright’s Four Black Sheep. In 2009, she was selected to participate in the inaugural Great Canadian Song Quest. For the project, 13 Canadian musical artists, one from each province and territory, were asked to write a song about a location in their home province; locations and singer/songwriters were selected by CBC listener votes. Wainwright was chosen to represent Quebec and given the Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield. She crafted a harrowing song of a band lost on an icy road, basing it on an experience from her performing history.

The result is a brilliant ballad that captures the intensity of people who spend too much time in close quarters merging it with the perils of travel. Wainwright included an interesting version on her powerful third album, Come Home to Mama in 2012. That production of the song loses some of the intensity and charm, however, and an acoustic version included as a bonus track is a much more compelling rendition.

Enjoy this magnificent live version — complete with song history from Wainwright — 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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