Song of the Day, March 17: Guns Are the Tongues by Richard Thompson

RTSWGunsToday’s song is Richard Thompson’s Guns Are the Tongues. It’s the penultimate track from his 2007 release, Sweet Warrior, a loose concept album about war and violence. A classic RT epic, it builds over seven minutes, relating a grim tale. Carrie is the leader of a “murderous crew” and she needs just the right patsy to help pull off a nasty bit of revenge. She finds Little Joe, a lumbering hulk of 19, seducing him into doing her bidding. Thompson captures her voice flawlessly, intoning “Bring peace to the grave of my brother” with elegant anguish, making it clear how she captured the heart of her doomed dupe. With restrained but urgent guitar flourishes and great work from his seasoned band, Thompson turns in one of the finest moments of his recent career.

Enjoy this amazing 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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