Song of the Day, May 19: Drifting Through the Days by Richard Thompson & Danny Thompson

ThompsonIndustryToday’ s song is Drifting Through the Days by a pair of folk musicians with a long history. Richard Thompson and Danny Thompson (no relation) were members of two seminal British folk-rock units in the 60s, Fairport Convention and Pentangle respectively. They had worked together occasionally and supported each other on a variety of projects. Both are talented multi-instrumentalists and songwriters, with Richard best known for guitar and vocals and Danny much in demand for his double bass work. They also share a love of musical and social history.

They toured together in the 90s and finally decided to undertake a project together. 1997’s Industry looked at the impact of the Industrial Revolution on the United Kingdom, including the traumas of the industrial decline. It’s a smart, compelling look at the way various social, political, and economic forces were shaped by industrialization with a keen eye for the plight of the average British worker.

The standout track is Drifting Through the Days, a lament for lost work. The protagonist is laid off and has lost his sense of purpose. Richard’s vocal is stark and poignant and the pair craft a dark but sympathetic musical backdrop.

Enjoy this wonderful, musical slice of social commentary 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.

2 Responses to Song of the Day, May 19: Drifting Through the Days by Richard Thompson & Danny Thompson

  1. “Sweetheart on the Barricades” from the same album – perhaps my favourite RT track of all time. “Drifting through the Days” I always felt was a bit dreary to listen to, though given the lyric, it’s no doubt supposed to be dreary!

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