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Sons and Daughters

on The Crane Wife

by The Decemberists

First Played: 2006-09-30 21:15:44
Last Played: 2019-01-07 16:08:33
Total Plays: 114

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  • John Richards : 01/07/2019 08:08 AM
    The album's title, The Crane Wife is from an old Japanese folktale. While there are many variations of the tale, a common version is that a poor man finds an injured crane on his doorstep (or outside with an arrow in it), takes it in and nurses it back to health. After he releases the crane, a woman appears at his doorstep with whom he falls in love and marries. Because they need money, his wife offers to weave wondrous clothes out of silk that they can sell at the market, but only if he agrees never to watch her making them. They begin to sell them and live a comfortable life, but he soon makes her weave them more and more. Oblivious to his wife's declining health, his greed increases. He eventually peeks in to see what she is doing to make the silk she weaves so desirable. He is shocked to discover that at the loom is a crane plucking feathers from her own body and weaving them into the loom. The crane, seeing him, flies away and never returns.
  • John Richards : 11/17/2016 08:22 AM
    A reissue of 'The Crane Wife' is coming December 9th from this Portland band, two months after its 10th anniversary. Check it out here! http://www.decemberists.com/news/the-crane-wife-10th-anniversary-edition/
  • John Richards : 09/15/2016 08:18 AM
    Watch The Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy perform songs for us from 'The Crane Wife' at the Ace Hotel in 2010 here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPOMHM6waxk
  • John Richards : 04/15/2016 09:51 AM
    Colin Meloy is the frontman of The Decemberists who released 'The Crane Wife' in 2006 produced by Chris Walla.
  • Cheryl Waters : 12/18/2014 12:16 PM
    Listen to the Decemberist's full Sasquatch headlining set here: http://blog.kexp.org/2011/06/06/the-decemberists-live-sasquatch-2011/

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