“The Harrow and the Harvest”: Silver Dagger

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J.L. Wall

J.L. Wall is a native Kentuckian in self-imposed exile to the Midwest, where he studies literature and over-analyzes Leonard Cohen lyrics.

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  1. Avatar Ellery
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    Hello and thanks for this short review into Welch´s song. It (Silver Dagger) has a catchy tune which I´ve vaguely heard before. Do you know if Welch´s songs are religious in nature, i.e. Christian or other? This song makes reference to the bible but I am not sure if it is suggesting the girl is tired of reading it or perhaps has some other meaning. The song that it reminds me of is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5ddoyfn6g4Report

  2. Avatar Kim McCoy
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    Gillian and Dave did a version of “Katie Dear” with the Chieftans some years ago. It appears on The Chieftans’ album Down the Old Plank Road.

    The melody of their H&H version of “Silver Dagger” seems very close to the melody of “You Are My Sunshine.” Do you have any insight into the origins of that melody?Report

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