Song of the Day, May 28: Heaven to Calcutta by Oysterband

OysterRideCalcuttaAfter a decade of recording together, the talented musicians of Oysterband had stabilized their line-up and settled on a final form of their name. They released the charming album Ride in 1989, including the cautionary tale Heaven to Calcutta. Presented as a conversation between the narrator and the Prince of Beggars, the song details the temptations the Prince has to offer. Given that the singer has fallen from Heaven to Calcutta, those offerings are pretty tempting. With a quietly moving rhythm section and a charming accordion feature, this track is a fun highlight of the Oysters’ long career.

Enjoy this musical 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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