There were two sisters came walkin' down the stream.
Oh the wind and rain.
Older one pushed the youngest one in,
Cryin' Oh the dreadful wind and rain.

‘Cause Johnny gave the youngest a gay gold ring.
Oh the wind and rain.
Didn't give the oldest one anything,
Cryin' Oh the dreadful wind and rain.

So she pushed her into the river to drown.
Oh the wind and rain.
Watched her as she floated down,
Cryin' Oh the dreadful wind and rain.

She floated 'till she came to the miller's pond.
Oh the wind and rain.
Cried father o father there swims a swan,
Cryin' Oh the dreadful wind and rain.

Then out of the woods came a fidder fair.
Oh the wind and rain.
He plucked thirty strands of her long yellow hair,
Cryin' Oh the dreadful wind and rain.

And he made a fiddle bow of her long yellow hair.
Oh the wind and rain.
Made a fiddle bow of her long yellow hair,
Cryin' Oh the dreadful wind and rain.

And he made fiddle pegs of her long finger bones.
Oh the wind and rain.
He made fiddle pegs of her long finger bones,
Cryin' Oh the dreadful wind and rain.

And he made a little fiddle of her own breast bone.
Oh the wind and rain.
The sound could melt a heart of stone,
Cryin' Oh the dreadful wind and rain.

And the only tune that the fiddle would play
Was oh the wind and rain.
Only tune that the fiddle would play
Was oh the dreadful wind and rain.


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    General CommentI think the title is rather suitable (although a traditional song) to the meaning. The wind and rain are elements which weather and corrode things like rocks or mountains. Despite being inundated and weathered by the constant bombardment, it eventually is the sister remorse that parallels the symbolism...though she watched her sister drown...after having pushed her into the deep, just as the sisters bones are bleached, corroded and weathered by the elements, so is her sisters soul...

    The deaf and blind child can...feel...that her story should be told and so uses her very bones to sing of what her sister had done.

    The metaphors are remarkable. I really like this song and is similar to the Andrew Bird song (as many others) but sometimes things have a way of falling into our laps and hopefully they remind...us...
    driftingdreameron May 26, 2012   Link

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