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A Cautionary Song

Lyrics

there's a place your mother goes when everybody else is soundly sleeping
through the lights of beacon street
and if you listen you can hear her weeping, she's weeping, cause the gentlemen are calling and the snow is softly falling on her petticoats. and she's standing in the harbour and she's waiting for the sailors in the jolly boat. see how they approach

with dirty hands and trousers torn they grapple 'til she's safe within their keeping
full lyrics
there's a place your mother goes when everybody else is soundly sleeping
through the lights of beacon street
and if you listen you can hear her weeping, she's weeping, cause the gentlemen are calling and the snow is softly falling on her petticoats. and she's standing in the harbour and she's waiting for the sailors in the jolly boat. see how they approach

with dirty hands and trousers torn they grapple 'til she's safe within their keeping
full lyrics

Features of This Track

folk influences
mild rhythmic syncopation
acoustic sonority
a light swing groove
minor key tonality
a prominent accordion part
a dynamic male vocalist
acoustic rhythm guitars
narrative lyrics
a mid-tempo swing feel

These are just a few of the hundreds of attributes cataloged for this track by the Music Genome Project.

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Comments

Such a dark story that doesnt sound so dark musically at 1st listen. Have come to love Decemberists and this may be my favorite. This character always comes to mind when collard greens are part of meal-i live in NC...
flyboysjo
Jennifer is right, but it goes deeper than that. Seems to me that it's a mom doing whatever she can to feed her kids.
A true song of payed love. OwO
wow...it sort of reminds me of les miserables.. . h o w fantine had to sell herself
No, I think Jennifer's got it.
kgdickerhoof
0_0 . . . holy crap. dark much?
danielle.wil s o n
I really don't think that's the message, Jennifer.
jennifer.whi t n e y . s
this song is the most epic "yo' momma's a 'ho" insult ever. Love it!
pilothendon
When I first listened to this song I had to replay it, the story is a powerful one.

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