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Dustin LindenSmith

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Words of Warning from Joan Baez + Starfucker covers Cyndi Lauper

I just read this lyric in a recent issue of Lapham's Quarterly and thought it was great. From "Silver Dagger," a traditional American ballad from the 1930s that Joan Baez covered in the 60s, apparently.
Don't sing love sounds, you'll wake my mother,
She's sleeping here, right by my side,
And in her right hand, a silver dagger.
She says I can't be your bride.

All men are false, says my mother,
They'll tell you wicked, loving lies.
The very next day, they'll court another,
Leave you alone to pine and sigh.

My daddy is a handsome devil,
He's got a chain five miles long,
And on every link a heart does dangle
Of another maid he's loved and wronged.

Go court another tender maiden,
And hope that she will be your wife,
For I've been warned, and I've decided
To sleep alone all of my life.
Also, on this page of the pretty excellent audioblog Broken Silence, have a listen to Starfucker's cool interpretation of Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. It's… fun!


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dizziedumb April 15th, 2012
That's a bummer, man.</p>

I'm only familiar with Old Crow Medicine Show's Silver Dagger, which is every but as sad as what I've read here.

grammardog April 15th, 2012
Dolly Parton did a nice cover of Silver Dagger on her album The Grass Is Blue a few years ago:

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