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Fare Thee Well
Mary Chapin Carpenter
Fare Thee Well

“Fare Thee Well” is (according to Wikipedia) “an 18th-century English folk ballad, in which a lover bids farewell before setting off on a journey”.

The Mary Chapin Carpenter version was used in the movie Fly Away Home, and the instrumental parts used in the movie’s score.

I hope the person responsible for picking the music at Shondaland gets a raise, the blessings of Jesus, and someone’s firstborn child. Give them everything.

I Feel Lucky (Album Version)
Mary Chapin Carpenter
I Feel Lucky (Album Version)

Friday Guilty Pleasure: I Feel Lucky, Mary Chapin Carpenter

Party like it’s 1992, ya’ll. 

ED NOTE: Tumblr has given me an infuriatingly hard time a serious rash of bullshit this morning as I’ve been trying to post this silly song – a song which was meant to be funny (only to me and maybe RT) because nothing is going right this week. Thanks for adding emphasis, Tumblr. You’re so predictable.

Six O' Clock News
Kathleen Edwards
Six O' Clock News

This song seems like a link in a chain that includes Lucinda Williams’ “Passionate Kisses”, Rosanne Cash’s “Seven Year Ache” and Mary Chapin Carpenter’s “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her”: a kind of soft, jangly almost-country rock that doesn’t exactly fit into any one category. I wouldn’t say that it’s exclusively female, but I’m not sure if there’s a male counterpart…The Gin Blossoms, maybe? Or “Fourth Of July” by X, perhaps. It’s music I like, but it seems very locked into a very specific time–approximately 1987–1992 or so. A brief, strange window when this kind of thing was somewhat popular. I don’t think I’m being very clear here. Alas.

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