Song of the Day, April 20: For Shame of Doing Wrong by Richard and Linda Thompson

R&LPourShameToday’s song is a standout from a turning point album. After three years of marriage and two albums together, Richard and Linda Thompson moved into a Sufi commune, intending to set aside their musical careers. They owed Island records an album, however, so they struck a deal, balancing four tracks that were based on Richard’s meditations about the divine with others that were more of a piece with previous work. The finest moments transcend both categories, notably For Shame of Doing Wrong.

A song of mourning for lost love, it’s a powerful testament to emotion. Linda delivers a stark vocal, supported by an unusually restrained guitar from Richard, creating a darkly evocative track. Often re-titled I Wish I Was A Fool For You Again from the repeated chorus line, the song is one of Richard’s most covered, including versions by Sandy Denny, Peter Blegvad, and Yo La Tengo.

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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