Dink’s Song

I was recently listening to the soundtrack from the movie Inside Llewyn Davis, and remembered how much I like folk music.  There is a line in the movie- “If it was never new, and it never gets old, then it’s a folk song.”  The quintessential song from the soundtrack is Fare Thee Well (Dink’s Song).  In classic folk fashion, the song isn’t even credited to anyone.  This version is sung by Oscar Isaac and Marcus Mumford, but the writing credit on the soundtrack just says “traditional”.  So many of these songs are beautiful, but so sad.  They also have a very weighty feel to them, they feel important.  They deal with intense issues like love and loss (mostly loss), and the abundance of Biblical and historical references adds to the heaviness.  “If I had wings like Noah’s dove.”  I feel like Dylan was the master of that technique.  I’ll have to write some Dylan posts at some point…


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