A Bonnie Prince to sing you home through the darkness

The first time I heard this song, it came on in the background as I was working on a writing project. Something about it stopped me in my tracks and made me set aside my work and pay much closer attention to it.

The tune has a sweet, haunting quality, enhanced by Bonnie Prince Billy’s gentle delivery. It’ll get in your head pretty quickly. But on the second and third hearing, it’s the intelligence, humanity and brutal honesty of Will Oldham’s lyric that sets it apart from most of what pop music has to offer:

“Well, you’re my friend, (that’s what you told me)
And can you see (what’s inside of me)
Many times we’ve been out drinking
And many times we’ve shared our thoughts
But did you ever, ever notice, the kind of thoughts I got
Well you know I have a love, a love for everyone I know
And you know I have a drive to live I won’t let go
But could you see its opposition comes arising up sometimes
That its dreadful antiposition comes blacking in my mind

And then I see a darkness
And then I see a darkness
And then I see a darkness
And then I see a darkness
And did you know how much I love you
Is a hope that somehow you, you
Can save me from this darkness

Well I hope that someday buddy
We have peace in our lives
Together or apart
Alone or with our wives
And we can stop our whoring
And pull the smiles inside
And light it up forever
And never go to sleep
My best unbeaten brother
This isn’t all I see

Oh no, I see a darkness
Oh no, I see a darkness
Oh no, I see a darkness
Oh no, I see a darkness
And did you know how much I love you
Is a hope that somehow you, you
Can save me from this darkness.”

Oldham/Bonnie Prince Billy was once described as an “Appalachian post-punk solipsist,” which I guess is some fancy-dan way of saying the man is a damn fine songwriter.

– Jay Bookman

295 comments Add your comment

getalife

February 2nd, 2013
5:04 pm

Google President Obama cut spending Orange.

I can’t educate a closed mind that ignores facts and reality and will not try.

Orange13

February 2nd, 2013
5:04 pm

Getalife, If he is doing all this cutting, why is the Nat Debt ticker still going North?

getalife

February 2nd, 2013
5:11 pm

Orange,

I am not sure how that ticker works and if they can subtract the cuts.

Just remember that cuts effect job growth so more cuts means unemployment rises.

See Europe for example.

Real Scootter

February 2nd, 2013
5:15 pm

Do you use that deer urine for cologne before hunting

No getalife.All I use is bug repellent.The ticks and chiggers are terible in the area I hunt.

Orange13

February 2nd, 2013
5:16 pm

Getalife,
“Just remember that cuts effect job growth so more cuts means unemployment rises.”

So does Obamacare. Hey, don’t get me wrong he is our President and like him or not, I am behind him. I just question his methods of getting this Nation out of hock.

getalife

February 2nd, 2013
5:40 pm

“The ticks and chiggers are terible in the area I hunt.”

I have experienced chigger bites many times but down here in the Bayou, very large mosquitos are terrible even after spraying .

godless heathen - owner of many things he does not need

February 2nd, 2013
5:40 pm

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/wh-releases-photo-obama-shooting-gun_699234.html

Regular ol’ Buffalo Bill right there.

Must have been shooting a ground skeet. Those rascals are hard to hit, but they ain’t as gamey tasting as the flying ones.

getalife

February 2nd, 2013
5:41 pm

“I just question his methods of getting this Nation out of hock.”

It is a part of his agenda if you bother to listen to him.

godless heathen - owner of many things he does not need

February 2nd, 2013
5:51 pm

I have experienced chigger bites many times but down here in the Bayou, very large mosquitos are terrible even after spraying .

In La. the mosquitoes have chigger bites.

Orange13

February 2nd, 2013
5:53 pm

Getalife,

We are nowhere. We will just leave it at that. Who is your pick for the Super Bowl?

Soothsayer

February 2nd, 2013
6:24 pm

This one of those nights when you want to thank God for a roof over your head.

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

February 2nd, 2013
6:33 pm

Orange13:

I think maybe you are new here.

May I take the liberty of giving you some advice.

Debating with getalife is like trying to tell your 14 year old son that drugs are bad. He just needs some maturity to figure it out for himself.

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

February 2nd, 2013
6:40 pm

Orange13

February 2nd, 2013
6:41 pm

0311,

Point taken.

Tom Middleton

February 2nd, 2013
6:42 pm

JOSEF

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5Hq0BoJ9hA

Does it get any better than this, I mean really? I know you and unmentionable like this one for sure. :)

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

February 2nd, 2013
6:45 pm

Orange13:

Just trying to be helpful ……………. :o

getalife

February 2nd, 2013
6:49 pm

“Who is your pick for the Super Bowl?”

Tough call.

NFC 49 ers by 3 in the last seconds of the game.

Orange13

February 2nd, 2013
6:53 pm

Getalife,
“Tough call” agreed. I hope the niners win, but this being Ray Lewis last game, I just don’t know

getalife

February 2nd, 2013
6:54 pm

“Debating with getalife is like trying to tell your 14 year old son that drugs are bad. He just needs some maturity to figure it out for himself.”

Yeah, I am the one ignoring reality.

Soothsayer

February 2nd, 2013
6:56 pm

I’m looking for Baltimore to shut down the 49ers offense the way they shut down one of the most potent NFL offenses ever in the New England Patriots.

Soothsayer

February 2nd, 2013
6:56 pm

I say Baltimore by 2 touchdowns.

moonbat betty

February 2nd, 2013
7:10 pm

Great weather to fill up those lakes for the spring/summer.

Let it rain!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mi3WxjnjJ80

getalife

February 2nd, 2013
7:14 pm

“Conservatives have fallen once again into the President’s trap to distract them from reality while the grown ups get some work done. Another weekend news cycle is owned by the President, as the conservatives go birther on the skeet shooting picture.

They can’t help themselves – the tea brewed paranoia is so strong, and they can’t resist their daily hit of Obama hate crack.

Guess who looks like a moderate now, boys? Hint: NOT YOU.”

Divide and conquer

moonbat betty

February 2nd, 2013
7:24 pm

Divide and conquer

Yes, the obama “way” of dealing with America.

Orange13

February 2nd, 2013
7:34 pm

I thought Mike Strahan was going to get selected to the HOF today. Didn’t happen.

bman.

February 2nd, 2013
7:37 pm

Everyone make sure to tune-in to the Super Bowl tomorrow in support of the ultra rich.

godless heathen - owner of many things he does not need

February 2nd, 2013
7:40 pm

I thought Mike Strahan was going to get selected to the HOF today. Didn’t happen.

A clear case of diastemination.

moonbat betty

February 2nd, 2013
7:46 pm

I must put forth an apology to Obama for questioning his having fired gun for the last 5 years…

If he can shoot skeet with a rifle, he is a bad ass.

Orange13

February 2nd, 2013
7:51 pm

“diastemination”

Huh?

moonbat betty

February 2nd, 2013
8:03 pm

getalife has to wear speedos because the ground hog didn’t see his shadow?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHQqqM5sr7g

godless heathen - owner of many things he does not need

February 2nd, 2013
8:06 pm

Diastema (plural diastemata) is a space or gap between two teeth. In humans, the term is most commonly applied to an open space between the upper incisors (front teeth).

godless heathen - owner of many things he does not need

February 2nd, 2013
8:11 pm

If he can shoot skeet with a rifle, he is a bad ass.

Shoots skeets. Throws baseballs. Real man’s man.

http://youtu.be/EJBlwUfIoDk

Orange13

February 2nd, 2013
8:19 pm

“Diastema”

Thanks. I googled the other to no avail.

moonbat betty

February 2nd, 2013
8:23 pm

“Throws baseballs.”

I hope he didn’t practice for that…

godless heathen - owner of many things he does not need

February 2nd, 2013
8:27 pm

Cause I made the word up. You get the connection to Strahan, right? And next time you google diastemination it may bring you back here. ;)

godless heathen - owner of many things he does not need

February 2nd, 2013
8:29 pm

I hope he didn’t practice for that…

If he shoots skeet like he throws a baseball, he might Cheney somebody.

moonbat betty

February 2nd, 2013
8:41 pm

I think Obama fired a Red Ryder once (the picture) and shot his eye out.

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

February 2nd, 2013
8:41 pm

Well, them skeet must fall mighty fast for him to be pointing the gun level like that. Maybe he waits till the last second to give them a sporting chance. I don’t know what skeet taste like but I wouldn’t waste a bunch of ammo on them.

Have a good Saturday night everybody and don’t forget to get up and go to church tomorrow morning. You’ll be able to get rid of your sins and start the week fresh.

moonbat betty

February 2nd, 2013
8:48 pm

Hey RC, you know what skeet taste like.

Taste like snipe.

godless heathen - owner of many things he does not need

February 2nd, 2013
9:07 pm

You’ll be able to get rid of your sins and start the week fresh.

I just wait until Easter. Put on a fancy hat and get absolved of a whole year’s sins.

MB: Snipe do exist. A very elusive game bird.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilson%27s_snipe

bman.

February 2nd, 2013
9:27 pm

Moose Tracks ice cream – try it. I just found a chunk of chocolate the size of a credit card

moonbat betty

February 2nd, 2013
9:29 pm

“MB: Snipe do exist. A very elusive game bird.”

Thank you, heathen.

As long as it isn’t Wesley!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaEmQJG2HHU

moonbat betty

February 2nd, 2013
9:46 pm

“the size of a credit card”

bman, don’t eat it!

godless heathen - owner of many things he does not need

February 2nd, 2013
9:51 pm

As long as it isn’t Wesley!

LOL!

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

February 2nd, 2013
9:51 pm

Sooth @ 6:24 –word.

Nights like this make you appreciate things like good credit, (to afford a nice place to stay), credit cards,(to at least afford a hotel room if you need it), house/home AND a nice warm bed.

Being thankful — good reminder Sooth.

moonbat betty

February 2nd, 2013
9:57 pm

Debs,

They said the credit score was the new sexy.

bman.

February 2nd, 2013
10:07 pm

is everyone out donating soup, places to sleep and other goods to the ones who need it? You know…the practice what you preach thing

bman.

February 2nd, 2013
10:08 pm

moonbat betty
February 2nd, 2013
9:46 pm

bman, don’t eat it!

too late…I chewed on that thing for 5 minutes

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

February 2nd, 2013
10:19 pm

They said the credit score was the new sexy.

Hiya Moonie!! haven’t heard from you in a while, or seen u on the blogs. Hope everything is great with you and yours!

Goodnight all — See you guys around tomorrow.

St Simons - he-ne-ha

February 2nd, 2013
10:23 pm

holy crap man, 50 deg. Any colder, and i’m headed fer the keys.

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

February 2nd, 2013
10:23 pm

Headline: “Roger Goodell addresses tackling … ”

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/nfl/news/20130201/roger-goodell-super-bowl/?sct=hp_t2_a14&eref=sihp

Ah ………………………….. so let me see if I understand this. Everyone is super concerned about concussions in football ………… but …………… it’s o.k. to have one’s head pummeled in professional and amateur boxing.

Hummmmm ……………………………

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

February 2nd, 2013
10:24 pm

P.S.

……………… where the objective is to “knock out” your opponent.

moonbat betty

February 2nd, 2013
10:28 pm

G’nite Ms. Debs,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojCikI9npJQ

St.Simons, mon, you will be standing on a sand bar in the middle of the Atlantic one day.

moonbat betty

February 2nd, 2013
10:30 pm

0311

pussification/liberalization of the U.S.A.

moonbat betty

February 2nd, 2013
10:38 pm

bman.

February 2nd, 2013
10:40 pm

haha Moonbat

moonbat betty

February 2nd, 2013
10:45 pm

Cloudodust

February 2nd, 2013
10:45 pm

‘Living your life like a song’….really…?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPEPvRqNcCE

td

February 2nd, 2013
10:58 pm

Why does the White house have to lie about something that is not even that important? If you look at the angle of Obama shooting then it is clear to anyone with an ounce of commonsense that he was NOT shooting skeet. Why could not the White house just say that they did not photo the President shooting skeet but they found a picture of the President shooting a gun? Do they really think the American people are this stupid?

moonbat betty

February 2nd, 2013
11:16 pm

Do they really think the American people are this stupid?

Yes.

moonbat betty

February 2nd, 2013
11:22 pm

moonbat betty

February 3rd, 2013
12:04 am

moonbat betty

February 3rd, 2013
12:21 am

The Bouncer

February 3rd, 2013
12:41 am

Common Sense isn't very Common

February 3rd, 2013
6:26 am

St. Simons

50 deg. Any colder, and i’m headed fer the keys
————————————————————————
wind chill around 0 here. Let me know when you hit the keys and I will visit

:-)

might stay for months LOL, but I will buy rum and tequila for us

St Simons - he-ne-ha

February 3rd, 2013
6:27 am

well, this lot has become just weeeird, mon – there’s birthers, tenthers,

birchers, pollers, preppers.

I think we should call this new group of unhinged ODS cons – Skeeters

from Detroit to the ATL

February 3rd, 2013
6:30 am

St Simons - he-ne-ha

February 3rd, 2013
6:32 am

Common, hey i got my Sloppy Joe’s t-shirt & hat on right now,
i’m thinkin ’bout it

stands for decibels

February 3rd, 2013
7:19 am

Skeetgate? jeez, talk about scraping the bottom of the barrel of stuff to kvetch about.

stands for decibels

February 3rd, 2013
7:21 am

At least when we gratuitously piled on GWB for (say) trying to give Angela Merkel an unwanted massage, that was at least kind of interesting.

/drive-by

St Simons - he-ne-ha

February 3rd, 2013
7:39 am

hot dam, that’s 3 chords and the truth right there –

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPzE2VIn4gg

(one adult word alert)

ken

February 3rd, 2013
7:50 am

Anybody that has shot skeet knows that you do not shoot at that angle. More propaganda. Just another train wreck for him.

Liberal Pariah

February 3rd, 2013
8:00 am

Rooting for the 49ers!!!! Can’t ever support a murderer prospering :-)

Brosephus™

February 3rd, 2013
8:31 am

Some people will find the most minute sh*t to bitch and moan about. Why not just announce you hate the dude and everything he touches and be honest with yourself?

Brosephus™

February 3rd, 2013
8:50 am

I guess that, based on this image, JFK wasn’t skeet shooting at the range on Camp David too. Even though there’s video of he and Jackie shooting out there as well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwBEsLsEZHw

Look at the angle of the gun as they’re pulling the trigger, they’re just faking it to set Obama up to appear legit. It’s a conspiracy 40 to 50 years in the making just to make Obama appear to like guns. :roll:

Common Sense isn't very Common

February 3rd, 2013
8:56 am

Bro

Admit that some people don’t like to see THOSE PEOPLE WITH ANY TYPE OF GUNS.

geesh get over cons.

:-)

MM

February 3rd, 2013
9:05 am

Someone’s probably already mentioned that John Cash does a killer cover of this song.It fits his voice so well.

I’m still waiting for the dancing stripper’s (Beyonce) version…

Brosephus™

February 3rd, 2013
9:17 am

NoCom

Funny that you made that statement. I ran across this article a few days ago when it was first published.

http://www.theroot.com/views/fear-black-gun-owner

Seems as though the NRA use to help write gun control legislation until around the time when a certain group began to express their 2nd Amendment rights. I honestly don’t know if that’s part of the reason the NRA shifted positions or not, and frankly I don’t care. If I were twisted and evil, I’d run an experiment to see by advising every single legal Black man to begin buying up rifles like they were needed every day to breathe.

Brosephus™

February 3rd, 2013
9:19 am

NoCom

Then, there’s also this article here that goes a bit more in detail about things.

http://www.salon.com/2013/01/14/the_nra_once_supported_gun_control/

Jm

February 3rd, 2013
9:22 am

Panetta

We’re in a war in afghanistan

But we’re leaving

Retreat

Common Sense isn't very Common

February 3rd, 2013
9:26 am

Bro

growing up in rural AL. blacks and whites always had guns available. We never feared our neighbors.
I think it’s strange that so many people here state if you don’t like it MOVE when they state the NEED for large capacity mags.
I started with a 22 at 5 yo still shoot a 357 but afraid ain’t in my vocabulary

:-)

Thomas Heyward Jr

February 3rd, 2013
9:32 am

The Section 8 White House issued a STERN warning about Obama skeet shooting——
.
“This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.”
.
oooooooooooh.
.
Within minutes…there were thousands of web sites.
.
LOL
.
here’s a good one.
.
http://freedomfeens.com/blog/2013/02/02/prohibited-thou-shalt-not-photoshop/
.
Forward Freedom.
.

PJ

February 3rd, 2013
9:39 am

The unthinkable just happened. Chris Wallace just opened up a new a**hole on Wayne LaPierre on Fox New Sunday. Wow, you had to see it to believe it!

Brosephus™

February 3rd, 2013
9:47 am

NoCom

I’m with you on that. I never feared any of my neighbors. Even when I saw white sheets, I didn’t cower in fear. I simply remained aware of my surroundings. I don’t understand this culture of fear that’s engulfing this country nowadays. I shot my first gun before I hit double digit age, and I took a few safety courses as well. I love shooting guns, but I still fail to see the need for a 30 round magazine. If you need that many rounds for hunting and/or home protection, then you are a piss poor shooter who needs target practice more than anything else.

Thomas

February 3rd, 2013
10:09 am

Well, them skeet must fall mighty fast for him to be pointing the gun level like that

Have been thinking the same thing- I think the WH now regrets posting a picture of the Pres shooting a Fox News reporter

indigo

February 3rd, 2013
10:10 am

Enter your comments here

indigo

February 3rd, 2013
10:12 am

Jm

You would just love for us to stay in Afghanistan indefinitely.

You’re just soooooooooo generous with American lives and treasure.

rightwing tool

Brosephus™

February 3rd, 2013
10:30 am

Thomas

Not necessarily. If the clays are being thrown low and moving away from him, then the angle of fire is not going to be high. You’re looking at the most private of all ranges with little worry about accidentally hitting someone or something nearby. Also, if the shooting area is on a hill with the range going downhill, then one can throw clays straight out. I don’t know how that range is set up, but if you look at the links I posted, JFK and Jackie are shooting at almost the same exact angle.

td

February 3rd, 2013
11:32 am

Videos of people actually skeet shooting. Go take a look at the gun angles and come back and tell us if you really think Obama was shooting at skeet or just firing off a round for a photo op.

http://www.skeetshootingvideos.com/skeet-shooting-tips.html

Brosephus™

February 3rd, 2013
12:06 pm

Oh, so now “Mr. I Own A. 308″ is the resident skeet expert.

:roll:

I guess the ranges in your video have the same exact setup as the Camp David range down to the exact angle that the targets are thrown, huh? I posted photos and video of people using the Camp David range. Compare their shooting angles with Obama’s and decide whether he was shooting skeet or just firing off a round for a photo op.

As I said earlier, I wish people would just be honest with their animosity with everything Obama.

TBS

February 3rd, 2013
12:34 pm

With all the legitimate things to go after Obama on, when it gets down to does he shoot skeet and did he fake a picture shooting skeet…. Just effn admit it…. He has whipped his detractors collective asses like they have never been WHUPPED before

Next it will be how it is rumored that he skipped school one day in 7th grade or slept as late as 8 o’clock one day since he has been President

If this is all they have, time to just throw up the white flag and admit the Marxist Muslim from Kenya has been playing chess while detractors were playing checkers

Game, set, match

TBS

February 3rd, 2013
12:36 pm

Sad thing is that Obama is not even that good, it is opponents and detractors who are that bad…

Brosephus™

February 3rd, 2013
1:21 pm

TBS

:lol: :lol: :lol:

Sometimes the truth hurts, and sometimes the truth is funny. Your post is the textbook case of funny.

TaxPayer

February 3rd, 2013
3:05 pm

Seems like the full path of the skeet would dictate the range of possible angles for the gun to be positioned. Then again, Republicans don’t do math or science so how would they be expected to know.

barking frog

February 3rd, 2013
6:17 pm

Skeet are generally inedible and may cause lead poisoning if consumed.