Sunday, October 26, 2008

Trick or Treat: Lady Waters and the Hooded One

Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians: Lady Waters and the Hooded One


This year, I got a treat. I have long bemoaned the fact that the work of Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians was out of print and unavailable. I have these albums on vinyl only, and I no longer have anything to play them on. But now, Element of Light, Fegmania, and Globe of Frogs have all been reissued on CD.

“Lady Waters and the Hooded One” comes from Element of Light. The song sounds like one of those morbid British folk songs, but is actually a Robyn Hitchcock original. Here. Lady Waters comes face to face with Death, as the plague rages through her town. The question for the listener is: who tricks who?

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