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May 11, 2005

Drowning In A Well of Sadness Part Three: Bonnie Prince Billy

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Will Oldham/Bonnie “Prince” Billy never writes happy songs. The subjects he write about and the way he writes his songs are closer to a 1950’s American writer exploring the dark and the wierd side of life than a rock singer/songwriter.

One of my favourite songs of his is Another Day of Dread. It’s the delicious sense of ennui and world-weariness that seeps from every word that attracts me.

Today was another day full of dread
but I never said I was afraid
‘Cause dread and fear should not be confused
By dread I’m inspired, by fear I’m amused.

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