Silly Wizard – The Fishermen’s Song

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It’s so hard to take these guys seriously with a name like Silly Wizard, but don’t let that stop you. These early UK string bands followed a higher musical calling; tapped a deeper vein of folk.

The story is stark black; terrible:

Oh and white were the wave-caps
And wild was their parting
So fierce is the warring of love,
But she prayed to the gods
Both of men and of sailors
Not to cast their cruel nets o’er her love.

For she had come down to condemn that wild ocean
for the murderous loss of her man,
His boat sailed out on Wednesday morning
And it’s feared it’s gone down with all hands.

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