Song of the Day, November 16: Love’s For Babies and Fools by Linda Thompson

LTWontBabiesFoolsToday’s song is one of Linda Thompson’s finest compositions. After a six-year wait (short by her standards), she turned out the lovely Won’t Be Long Now in 2013. The opening track is Love’s For Babies and Fools, a song she began composing for friend Rufus Wainwright. It got derailed until Rufus’ mother, Kate McGarrigle, heard it shortly before her death and encouraged Thompson to finish the song. As the singer notes,

[Kate] wasn’t much given to compliments, so I did as I was bid.

It’s a bittersweet song of the pain that love can bring, held together with a fragile thread of hope. Thompson’s wonderful voice is more brittle than ever as she tells the story, adding character to the proceedings. The only accompaniment is a rare collaboration with ex-husband Richard Thompson, whose electric guitar adds a wistful note.

Enjoy this wonderful song 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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