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The Crane Wife is the fourth album by The Decemberists, released in 2006. The album was inspired by a Japanese folk tale, and centers on two song cycles, The Crane Wife and The Island, the latter inspired by William Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

National Public Radio listeners voted The Crane Wife the best album of 2006.

The album cover was designed by the Portland artist Carson Ellis, Colin Meloy’s wife, who has created artwork for each of the band’s albums.

Songfacts.com says that, “A Yankee Bayonet” is a song about a soldier in the American Civil War, and takes place in the battle of Manassas.  Warning:  this is a very sad song.

Heart-carved tree trunk, Yankee bayonet
A sweetheart left behind
Far from the hills of the sea-swelled Carolinas
That’s where my true love lies

Look for me when the sun-bright swallow
Sings upon the birch bough high
But you are in the ground with the voles and the weevils
All a’chew on your bones so dry

But when the sun breaks
To no more bulletin battle-cry
Then will you make a grave
For I will be home then

I will be home then
I will be home then
I will be home then
Then

When I was a girl how the hills of Oconee
Made a seam to hem me in
There at the fair when our eyes caught, careless
Got my heart right pierced by a pin

But oh, did you see all the dead of Manassas
All the bellies and the bones and the bile
Though I lingered here with the blankets barren
And my own belly big with child

But when the sun breaks
To no more bulletin battle-cry
Then will you make a grave
For I will be home then

I will be home then
I will be home then
I will be home then

Stems and bones and stone walls too
Could keep me from you
Scaly skin is all too few
To keep me from you

But oh, my love, though our bodies may be parted
Though our skin may not touch skin
Look for me with the sun-bright sparrow
I will come on the breath of the wind

Writer/s: COLIN MELOY

5 Comments Add yours

  1. hanspostcard says:

    Good music selection! Nice coloring. That is a great album.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      It surely highlights Colin’s voice. That Crane Wife song is enough to make a heart melt.

      Like

  2. badfinger20 says:

    Love love love the acoustic sound of that song…did I mention I love the acoustic guitar on that? Great song.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      I love that and the harmonies of the voices. Glad you enjoyed the song.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. badfinger20 says:

        yes I did a lot. This one…the intro…I could almost hear an early Rod Stewart start to sing.

        Song is very catchy

        Liked by 1 person

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