Song of the Day, May 18: When Will We Be Married? by the Waterboys

WaterboysFishermanMarriedToday’s song is a charming traditional moment on a folk-rock delight. When Karl Wallinger left the Waterboys, band leader Mike Scott took advantage of the transition to rethink the band. Inspired by the traditional music of Ireland, he built on the anthemic rock of the band’s first three albums, bringing in a large new lineup with fiddles and other acoustic instruments. The result, Fisherman’s Blues, is a magnificent blend of the old and the new.

A standout track is the lone traditional song, When Will We Be Married? A delightful song of romantic frustration and impatience, it’s a fun romp. Scott sings to his beloved, Molly, who has cast her eye at many a man. He’s ready for her to settle down, and asks her to set a date. His delivery is charming, urgent and clear, as the band support him with jaunty abandon.

Enjoy this fun 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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