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Sunday, March 18th open thread: ‘Fisherman’s Blues’

March 18, 2018

  open-threadHere is the open thread for Sunday, March 18th. Please feel free to post links to interesting articles and to discuss whatever issues arise during the course of the day. Nothing is off-topic here.

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  Well, yesterday was Saint Patrick’s Day so here is The Waterboys performing “Fisherman’s Blues” live. 

frui diem

4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 18, 2018 11:51 pm

    That was Fun!
    Some song facts:
    “Regarding the song’s lyrical content, Scott told us: “The words might have been from a personal situation where I was under a lot of pressure with the breakup over a relationship.”

    The lyrics were also partly inspired by W.H. Auden’s poem The Night Mail, which he remembered from reading at school. He recalled to us: “It was about how the mail train would roll through the night and the poem itself replicated the feeling, the rhythm, the speed of the train. So when you read the poem either out loud or in your mind, it conjured the movement of the train. Certainly when I wrote the second verse of ‘Fisherman’s Blues,’ I was trying to get that effect.”

    Wystan Hugh Auden (1907-1973) was an American poet of English origin. Starting off as one of the committed poets of the 1930s, espousing left wing politics, by the late 1940s he had moved to a more conventional Christian viewpoint. The Night Mail was written for the closing few minutes of a documentary film about a London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) mail train from London to Scotland, which was produced by the GPO Film Unit. Here are a couple more songs on our database inspired by Auden:”
    (btw, I started this this morning and forgot to send it 🤭… I was going to put the link in, got derailed and now it’s “night time” … so I best send it! 🙄

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    • March 19, 2018 5:26 am

      I am glad you liked the sang and thanks for those interesting facts. I see what you did there with “derailed.: 🙂

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      • March 19, 2018 11:44 am

        haha That was ‘a subconscious’ connection 🙃 but whatever WORKS! 🤣 🙏

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      • March 19, 2018 6:44 pm

        I wasn’t sure if you did that on purpose but I thought you might not have because you didn’t put it in quotations but it was perfect. 🙂


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