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Richard Thompson — The Snow Goose
Album: Electric
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5.5

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Total ratings: 165









Released: 2013
Length: 5:02
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Northern winds will cut you
Northern girls will gut you
Leave you cold and empty
Like a fish on the slab

She is like a snow goose
Pale and rare and footloose
Will the joys that tempt me
Soon turn and kick and stab

In the dream I am running
Down a street of molasses
In the dream my feet gain no ground

I must take some measure
To pursue my treasure
Guided by confusion
My compass through the storm

But if I call her sister
Manfully resist her
Believe my own illusion
Or will passions warm

In the dream I am running
Down a street of molasses
In the dream my feet gain no ground

If I call her lover
Will I soon discover
That her eye is taken
By some fawning friend

Then my glass would shatter
And my mind would scatter
Being so mistaken
The world must end

In the dream I am running
Down a street of molasses
In the dream my feet gain no ground
In the dream I am calling
But there's never an answer
In the dream my voice makes no sound

Northern winds will cut you
Northern girls will gut you
Leave you cold and empty
Like a fish on the slab
Comments (33)add comment
 Grammarcop wrote:
I spent a couple of years in North Dakota. In early April I'd leave town a couple times a week and drive out to the prairie to look for the migrating snow geese. I'd watch them fly over in long waves against a slate gray sky as I braced myself against the prairie wind.

Yes, I enjoyed it. 

 
;-)



 max_p wrote:
if u playing this, break out some Scott Walker also!
 

 
{#Yes}
if u playing this, break out some Scott Walker also!
 
 BBoyes wrote:
I'm always mesmerized by Richard Thompson. His ballads tell an engaging story, with interesting turns of phrase, with wonderful finger picking. I guess looking by the ratings distribution that you are either into that - or not.

 

I'm with you.  I think RT has it going on.{#Music}
 Gazraman wrote:
Technically excellent but his silly vocal affectation wrecks it. 
 
That's not affectation, that's his (completely natural) style.
I guess you have to be in the mood for it...
 grungepuppy wrote:
I just can't get into it. There is some quality in his voice and delivery that for me is like pulling a styrofoam cooler out of the backseat of a car.
 
Yes, you hit on it. There's folk ... and there's 16th century minstrel weirdness. Just my take, don't hate me.
Technically excellent but his silly vocal affectation wrecks it. 

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Richard Thompson band performing at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Richard's Dream Attic tour as part of Celtic Connections 2011.

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 Catherinef wrote:
My goodness, that was awful.  I hate, hate, hate the way he sings.  I've tried, but I just can't.  I'll be pushing the PSD button next time.

 
Get help with your need to spill your emotional vacuity in front of others, please.
 Catherinef wrote:
My goodness, that was awful.  I hate, hate, hate the way he sings.  I've tried, but I just can't.  I'll be pushing the PSD button next time.

 
Wow, that's a lot of hate.

I think this is a lovely ballad, expressively and movingly sung.
I'm always mesmerized by Richard Thompson. His ballads tell an engaging story, with interesting turns of phrase, with wonderful finger picking. I guess looking by the ratings distribution that you are either into that - or not.
 grungepuppy wrote:
I just can't get into it. There is some quality in his voice and delivery that for me is like pulling a styrofoam cooler out of the backseat of a car.

 
What's in the cooler? This could be a Good Thing.
I just can't get into it. There is some quality in his voice and delivery that for me is like pulling a styrofoam cooler out of the backseat of a car.
 Carl wrote:
One of RT's better-sounding songs, to me. Is that Judith Owen singing with?

 
I believe it's Alison Krauss.
 great song by a master musician
 bigstik wrote:
Snoozer..... He sounds like the Lion from the Wizard of Oz.

 
I kind of get the Wizard bit.  Getting into this tune is a bit of a challenge for me, but I really appreciate that we're hearing new RT on RP. Thompson has created an impressive and important body of work over the past 40+ years, and I certainly want to hear what he's currently up to.  That's why I tune in.
Lyrics you could see cming from the other side of the frozen lake. Dreadful self indulgent song. Almost sounds like a parody. 
I'll listen to Richard Thompson over Josh Groban ANY time. The various colors, moods and timbres of his rich lyrics, guitar work and heartfelt vocals have depth and truth. A true artist and not just a marketing machine.
My goodness, that was awful.  I hate, hate, hate the way he sings.  I've tried, but I just can't.  I'll be pushing the PSD button next time.
I spent a couple of years in North Dakota. In early April I'd leave town a couple times a week and drive out to the prairie to look for the migrating snow geese. I'd watch them fly over in long waves against a slate gray sky as I braced myself against the prairie wind.

Yes, I enjoyed it. 
great song from one of the greats
 bigstik wrote:
Snoozer..... He sounds like the Lion from the Wizard of Oz.

 
What Wizard of Oz are you watching?

Oh Richard...you still got it, man. Great acoustic guitar....great soulful vocals.......


Well, I like it! 
 bigstik wrote:
Snoozer..... He sounds like the Lion from the Wizard of Oz.

 

YOU NAILED IT!
Amazingly moving and heartfelt...
depressing, uninspired, pretentious, endless whining, please let it stop!
Snoozer..... He sounds like the Lion from the Wizard of Oz.
Not a fan, sorry. I realize it's not "fish on a slob," but it sure sounds like it.
Quite lovely.
very tasty{#Cheers}
One of RT's better-sounding songs, to me. Is that Judith Owen singing with?