Song of the Day, October 9: Long John Silver by Richard Thompson

rtStillLJSToday’s song is proof that Richard Thompson’s magic hasn’t faded over time. Over four decades into his remarkable career, he released Still this year. Sympathetically produced by Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy, it’s a fun set of songs that shows off RT’s deadpan wit and guitar pyrotechnics. The artist has found a comfortable groove, observing “What’s my purpose on earth if I’m not playing solos?”

Things are certainly not stale, however, with each track offering a different glimpse into the Thompson storybook. Long John Silver is one of the standouts, a dark look at trust betrayed. Using the famous pirate as a stand-in for slick talkers of all sorts, Thompson offers a fun romp of a song with, yes, a tasty solo.

Enjoy this delightful song 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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